Playful Learning at NYSCI

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NYSCI educators will be testing three educational games this June and July. Produced by SciPlay, NYSCI’s Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science, and Technology Learning, the games will be prototyped with middle school students, and will eventually be adapted for use in NYSCI’s Science Playground.

The goal of the games is to have the students use experimentation to understand science concepts such as rotational and linear motion, force, velocity, friction, and kinetic and potential energy. In the Rotational Motion Game, kids explore circular motion by moving a small bowling ball in a circle using a mallet, while a camera and projector track and display the ball’s path. In the Cart Activity Game, students are challenged to create either constant velocity or acceleration by pushing a cart on a linear track. In the Slide Game, light sensors positioned at the top and bottom of a playground slide help calculate each student’s speed down the slide, allowing participants to investigate friction, and kinetic and potential energy.

The three games are part of research about playful learning that is at the core of SciPlay. SciPlay aims to create hands-on experiences that instill an understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The activities created as a result of prototyping sessions and other research at SciPlay will be adapted for use in classrooms and playgrounds throughout the country.

Recent Press

Giant Spider Web at the Science PlaygroundNYSCI has been the focus of much media interest over the past month. Just this week, the Daily News reported on the $2 million award we received from Google to launch the Global Science Technology Initiative. Earlier this month, the Daily News also covered the kickoff planning meeting for World Maker Faire 2011.

The New York Times featured NYSCI’s Science Playground in an April 15 article about the most extraordinary play spaces in New York City. And the April 23 edition of the Times quoted both Margaret Honey and Maker Faire’s Dale Dougherty in an article about online instructions for do-it-yourself kits.


Students help prototype exhibits about climate change for the Virtual Hall of Science.  The Earth Day 3D Design Jam kicked off My Carbon Footprint, NYSCI’s new climate change education project. 
photos via newyorkhallofscience’s photostream on Flickr.
Earth Day 3D Design Jam April 22, 2011. Crowds brave the gray weather and line-up outside NYSCI.

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Students help prototype exhibits about climate change for the Virtual Hall of Science.  The Earth Day 3D Design Jam kicked off My Carbon Footprint, NYSCI’s new climate change education project. 

photos via newyorkhallofscience’s photostream on Flickr.

Earth Day 3D Design Jam April 22, 2011.
Crowds brave the gray weather and line-up outside NYSCI.

designlab_april13_16 on Flickr.
Verizon Design Lab: Wed., April 13. Teachers prototyped 2 new activities: Conductive Fabric & LED Remotes/Sensors

designlab_april13_16 on Flickr.

Verizon Design Lab: Wed., April 13. Teachers prototyped 2 new activities: Conductive Fabric & LED Remotes/Sensors

The New York Hall of Science, in conjunction with Northern.Lights.mn, presents ReGeneration, a summer-long exhibition debuting in 2012 with related programming in and around NYSCI. In total, ReGeneration will engage 14 artists or artist groups in creating and presenting work that explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology and science. More information about ReGeneration can be found here.

NYSCI is gearing up for this years Maker Faire. Stay tuned for more details …

tabbooks:

TAB is starting to plan for the 2011 NYC Maker Faire! Lots of cool things planned aroung this year’s MF - our first Meetup, the 2011 edition of the official Team TAB Maker Faire NYC skateboard, and more. See you in Queens!