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The Innovation Institute

This week, 23 Explainers are participating in the Innovation Institute, a new program at NYSCI that guides young people through the process of invention. The teenagers will spend the next 15 months going through the entire process of inventing a device, software or other technology….

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GROOVE Camp

Sixty girls, aged 11–14, are measuring, designing and dancing their way to healthier choices. It’s all part of NYSCI’s GROOVE program, a free camp related to health and wellness education. During the three-week camp, the girls will work together on hands-on science activities, measure their…

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NYSCI Director Receives ASTC Award

Eric Siegel, NYSCI’s director and chief content officer, has been awarded the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Exceptional Leadership in the Field by the Association of Science – Technology Centers (ASTC). Eric has been with NYSCI since 1997 and has been in senior…

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Girls First Digital Studio

These young girls have worked very diligently to show that they have an amazing ability to not only design, but impress everyone with their projects. These digital designers are part of Girls First Studio and Girl Scouts NYC. They have been using the New World…

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Maker Camp Summer 2014 blasts off today!

Grab your rockets and get ready to blast off! NYSCI is hosting Maker Camps Virtual Summer Camp. First activity for the day at 2 pm is how to create your own milk carton rockets. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will be dropping by to talk about his trip…

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Latest Make It Home Challenge: Lego Light

We have another entry to the Make It At Home Challenge! This one comes from Logan who built his luminescent night light out of Legos. We love how he created a pattern of alternating clear and opaque bricks. Bet this makes some cool shadows. Great work Logan!…

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“Genevieve” Mars Rover Visits White House for First Time

Last week, NYSCI’s Mars Rover, named “Genevieve”, visited the White House as part of the first White House Maker Faire. Genevieve is one of two robotic rovers that are used in our Search for Life Beyond Earth exhibition. The rovers were built by the Beatty sisters–Camille…

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MASTER Program

Fifteen teaching residents were tinkering at Design Lab today as part of a program called MASTER – Math and Science Teacher Residency Program. MASTER is a collaboration between NYSCI, Hunter College, and New Visions for Public Schools and is funded by the National Science Foundation….

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Celebrate Father’s Day at NYSCI with Free Admission for Dad!

Looking for a fun place to celebrate Father’s Day? Spend the special day at NYSCI and Dad will receive complimentary admission! Just print out the “Dad Card” below and present it at the ticketing desk for complimentary admission. You can also simply show it on…

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Scientific Inquiry as a Time Machine

In late May, 20 high school students spent a Saturday at NYSCI conducting hands-on activities for museum visitors. Activities included a self-inflating balloon, dry ice bubbles, elephant toothpaste and more. The event was part of an apprenticeship program with ExpandEd called Scientific Inquiry as a…

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SUBMERGE! NYC Marine Science Festival

NYSCI has partnered with Hudson River Park to bring a free science festival to New York City residents. SUBMERGE! NYC Marine Science Festival is a daylong festival devoted to understanding our coastal waters. This inspiring day of interactive science will take place on the waterfront…

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NYSCI and University of Wisconsin-Madison Collaborate on New Project

Leaning over a multitouch table, middle schoolers examine a digital underwater environment, shifting blocks across the screen and building lures to capture computerized fish. While the game introduces engineering principles and logic through an entertaining vehicle, the surface of the table is only half the…

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Caroline Placzek at the White House Science Fair

On May 27, Caroline Placzek, a NYSCI Maker Space resident and former Explainer, attended the 2014 White House Science Fair. Caroline has worked at NYSCI for six years as an Explainer, and most recently as a Maker Space resident through the Science Career Ladder Institute….

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New Report Highlights Urgent Need for Ocean Science Literacy

Threatened coastlines, resource depletion and environmental health are urgent concerns for us all. These ocean-related issues have direct impacts on the lives of humans, however, our understanding of the ocean, known as ocean literacy, remains elusive. NYSCI assembled a diverse consortium of scientists, educators and…

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Explainer Spotlight: Nancy Portillo

Nancy Portillo works as an Early Childhood Resident at NYSCI. She develops special curricula for kids with ASD. Her mission is to help these children live normal lives.

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Traffic Alert for Saturday, April 12

TRAFFIC ALERT Due to an event in Flushing Meadows Corona Park until 1 pm on Saturday, April 12, we recommend that you take mass transit or allow extra time to get to NYSCI.

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Explainer Spotlight – Shannon MacColl

As a young girl, Shannon wanted to invent a bus-boat-plane to provide transportation for people with disabilities. At that time, she didn’t realize that design and philanthropy would be a part of her life. Now she works at the New York Hall of Science as…

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Explainer Spotlight – Todd Narasuwan

The Science Career Ladder doesn’t always take Explainers on a path to Science. In Todd’s story, working at the New York Hall of Science whipped him into shape and boosted his confidence to a level where he will succeed in any career.

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STEM Integration

To increase student learning, new reform initiatives are emphasizing connections between and among STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. But there has been little research on how best to integrate the subjects or what factors would make this approach most successful. A new report…

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New iBook: False Conviction now available

NYSCI has just produced an iBook that will change how you view the role of science in the legal system. False Conviction: Innocence, Guilt & Science focuses on real cases in which eyewitness accounts, confessions and crime lab tests led to false convictions, and where…

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