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Explainer Spotlight: Brittany Roopnarine – Crow Canyon

Brittany just came back from Crow Canyon and here’s the story of her Archaeology Adventure.

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Explainer Spotlight: Justine Wu

Meet Justine Wu, a Senior Explainer here at NYSci. She’s studying to become an Anesthesiologist. And the Science Career Ladder is helping her develop communication skills to stand out in the medical field.

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Apr ’68: Flushing Meadows Science Hall to Be Expanded

Five months after the Hall of Science expansion received the go-ahead from City Planning, Max O. Urbahn Architects was retained to lead the project. An ambiguous start date of “fall or next spring” was reported for start of construction. Emanuel Piore said the new museum…

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Nov ’67: Hall of Science Elects New President

Less than two weeks after the City Planning Commission approved the expansion plan for the Hall of Science, founding President, John Dunning, stepped down from the Board and was succeeded by IBM’s chief scientist,Emanuel Piore. Born in Lithuania, Piore came to the US at age…

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The purpose, the plan, and the cost to expand the Hall of Science

Here’s more from the 1966 publicity book promoting the Hall of Science expansion.   Read more about the history of the Hall of Science in the NYSCI Archives.

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Make Academy Continues to Build Creativity

Make Academy has been going on for almost a month and they have made a lot of progress. Each week focuses on workshops that encourage campers to create, design, and tinker with real tools from everyday materials. Some of the exciting activities include an in…

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An early pitch for the post-Fair expansion plan

This was the model of the Atomarium unveiled by Mayor Lindsay in 1967. But this publicity book from June of 1966 reveals an earlier concept: Max O. Urbahn replaced Wallace Harrison as the architect. The $7.6 million cost of the original Hall of Science, twice…

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“The need in New York is for greater awareness of… pure and applied science.”

The design unveiled in the spring of 1967–and begrudgingly approved by the City Planning Commission later that year–for an expanded Hall of Science, featuring a live nuclear reactor, was the culmination of planning that began even before the 1964-65 World’s Fair.  The trustees planned to…

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“This Is The Physics Lesson Of The Future”

Fast Company checked in with NYSCI’s Harouna Ba and Local Projects’ Jake Barton as they tested the latest prototype of our soon-to-be-available Physics app. “I think sometimes technology does a better job of showing [physics] than actually having someone talk about the concept,” Ba says….

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World Maker Faire: Get Involved

For two days in September the northwest corner of the largest park in Queens will become the site of the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, World Maker Faire! There are many ways to get involved, whether you’re looking for volunteer experience or want to…

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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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Science Hall Wants Visitors

    Read more history of the Hall of Science in the NYSCI Archives.

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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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The Hall of Science has “Limited Salvage Value”

In the Spring of 1967, the Hall of Science was booming.  More than 100,000 people had visited since the Hall reopened as a museum following the World’s Fair.  The City formally unveiled plans for an expansion that would include the Atomarium, a nuclear reactor suitable…

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The Hall’s 100,000th Visitor

Congratulations Maureen Connolly.  We hope you enjoy your portable TV!   Read more history of the Hall of Science in the NYSCI Archives.

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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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Cariello Presses the Case for the Atomarium

Joining Robert Moses and John Lindsay in spurring on the proposed Hall of Science expansion was Queens Borough President Mario Cariello. A public servant for nearly three decades before becoming BP in 1963, Cariello had a reputation for sincerity and competence, not to mention “good…

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