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Shannon MacColl

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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Todd Narasuwan

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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MakeScape Formative Fish Testing

Formative Fish Tests The first focus test on January 31st asked visitors at the museum: Gender Age Which 5 animal designs do you like the best? If you were fishing, which 5 animals would you be most upset to catch? Which animals shown exist in…

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MakeScape Interactive Table

The interactive table top has arrived! The developers at the Learning Games Network are working on the interface. More images to come!

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Design Lab Opening

Experience Design Lab, a new permanent exhibition consisting of five distinct “pods” that will allow visitors to engage in activities, experiments and challenges that provide a deeper understanding of engineering and the design process. Free with NYSCI admission.

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Design Lab

Design Lab is NYSCI’s newest experience that taps into people’s natural tendency to be inventive and resourceful in finding solutions to basic engineering and design challenges. Design Lab consists of five visually and thematically distinct activity areas that evoke a sense of childlike playfulness and…

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Meet an Experience Designer

It takes a lot of work – and a lot of people – to make a new museum exhibit. Peggy Monahan is one of the people behind our new Design Lab exhibition opening in June, where museum visitors can engage in activities, experiments and challenges….

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MakeScape

MakeScape Game Design Overview

MakeScape Museum interactive game exhibit and research project Overview A project in collaboration with Matthew Berland of UW Madison, Leilah Lyons of New York Hall of Science and Learning Games Network (Madison developer). Object of game is to attract different “fish” to the variety of light combinations…

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Design Lab install in progress. Opens June 7

Installation of Design Lab is underway in NYSCI’s Central Pavilion. Official opening is set for June 2014, but we’ve already started running a limited schedule of activities. Check out Design Lab on your next visit. Meanwhile, here are photos of the installation that hint at…

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Parminne Pitamber

Explainer Spotlight: Parminne Pitamber

This is the Story of Parminne Pitamber. She began working at the Hall of Science as an Explainer and fell in love with Education. Later she became a Science Coach Resident. As a Resident, she makes it possible for teachers to have hands-on science lessons…

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Caroline Placzek

Explainer Spotlight: Caroline Placzek

Caroline is a Senior Explainer at the New York Hall of Science. While working for the museum, she gained a passion for teaching. And after her weight loss, she gained passion for nutrition and healthy living. These events inspired her to pursue a career as…

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Explainer TV

An SCL Institute initiative, Explainer TV engages Explainers in learning digital media production that highlights the Explainers, science, and NYSCI. Explainers become video producers and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) advocates as they learn video production skills. They create short videos, beginning with storyboarding, writing, interviewing, lighting,…

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The Science Career Ladder: 1986 – 2010

Download Report   This report documents the development and dissemination of the Science Career Ladder (SCL), the signature program of NYSCI. Its intent is to inform other museums interested in starting or enhancing their own Explainer programs, and to add to knowledge in the informal…

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Mohsin Raza

Explainer Spotlight: Mohsin Raza

Meet Mohsin Raza a former Senior Explainer at NYSCI with his heart set at reaching new heights. His experience at NYSCI has amplified his passion for science. Where will he go next? The sky is the limit!

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Explainer Spotlight: Akash Sharma

Meet Akash Sharma… Explainer, photographer, future museum director and recipient of this year’s Top of the Ladder Award for his outstanding work as part of NYSCI’s Science Career Ladder.   Meet more of our Explainers here.

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Brittany

Explainer Spotlight: Brittany Roopnarine

Meet Brittany Roopnarine, an Explainer at the New York Hall of Science. Although she is young, she knows that she wants to work in STEM and there should be more women in science.

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Careers at Google: STEM ​Career ​night ​at NYSCI​

Join us at 4pm EST to catch the live stream discussion on Google Hangout with panelists from Google and NYSCI’s Explainers.

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IDC Design, Make, Play presentation now online

IDC 2013 Design, Make, Play from IDC2013 Conference on Vimeo. NYSCI participated in this featured presentation at the Interactive Design for Children conference at the New School last month, with an overview of the Design Make Play initiative.

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Explainer Spotlight: Ema Araya

Ema knew from the start that working in a science museum was the right decision. She has always been interested in science and is currently majoring in biology. But in spite of the advanced science courses she had been exposed to, Ema soon realized just…

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Explaining Science: An Intro to the Science Career Ladder

The New York Hall of Science’s signature education program, the Science Career Ladder, is a model for teacher preparation. The SCL recruits young men and women from across New York City and provides them with essential 21st Century skills. They work as Explainers and are…

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