Elementary to Middle School Workshops

NEW! Enhance your field trip with a Design Lab Activity Session

Design Lab, a new permanent exhibition consisting of distinct “pods”, will allow students to engage in activities, experiments and challenges that provide a deeper understanding of engineering and the design process. Design Lab encourages students to look at the materials around them in new ways.

 

Sandbox: Dowel Construction

Grades 3 – 12

Problem solving, structure, shape, teamwork.
Students build large structures out of 3-foot dowels using rubber bands as connectors. They can build traditionally shaped “houses”, large geometric shapes, towers or sculptures. While they persevere to make their constructions stand, they discover that some shapes are stronger than others. Working in groups ensures that they need to communicate their ideas to others and coordinate toward achieving a common goal.

Workshop fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute sessions. Maximum 32 students.

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Studio: Happy City

Grades 3 – 12

Problem solving, electricity, circuits, conductivity
Students examine a city model full of other visitors’ creations and imagine something they want to add in order to make the city a happier place. Using simple construction materials (boxes, cardboard, tape, pipe cleaners) and electrical components (batteries, LEDs, motors, aluminum foil wires), students can build individual things to add to the city and invent switches to control how things turn on and off.

Workshop fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute sessions. Maximum 32 students.

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Backstage: Shadow Puppets

Grades 3 – 12

Problem solving, geometry, light and shadow, mechanisms
Students use index cards, brass fasteners and wooden sticks to create shadow puppets that move. Students may choose to work alone or in groups to make related puppets to perform a shadow play of their own making. As they design and test their puppets to achieve desired effects, students explore firsthand how light interacts with matter, it’s role in creating shadows, and how an object’s shadow is affected by the intensity and position of light in relation to both the object and the surface on which a shadow is cast. They also explore hinges and levers as they create joints on their puppet and try to control them in the performance of their story. The students’ creation of stories that go along with their project demonstrate how design thinking can foster the integration of STEM and language arts.

Workshop fees: $125 per workshop plus group admission fees. 45 minute sessions. Maximum 32 students.

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Reflecting on Mirrors

Grades 2 – 4

Mathematical Symmetry: Enter the realm of the looking glass. Experiment with light reflection and symmetry by predicting laser bounces. Assemble your own kaleidoscope or magic box.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 4.1a,d,
Grade 4 – NYC Unit 2

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Bounce, Balance and Play

Grades 3 – 6

Sports and Physics: Test your balancing skills while you discover how balance is related to sports. Observe the relationship between kinetic and potential energy. Investigate the shape and composition of various balls to see what makes them bounce, fly or roll as far as they do.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 1/NYS PS 3.1b,c, Unit 3/NYS 5.1c,d,
Grade 5 – Unit 1/NYS S1.1, 1.3, 2.3, Unit 3/NYS LE5.3b,
Grade 6 – NYC Unit 1/NYS PS 4.1d,e

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Journey into Microspace

Grades 3 – 5

Microbiology: Use microscopes to investigate the micro world of protozoa and algae. Prepare slides to observe and analyze the shapes and colors of microbes and how they move and feed. Take home your own magnifying lens.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade 3 and 5 – NYC Unit 4,
Grade 4 – NYC Unit 1/NYS LE 6.1

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The Eyes Have It

Grades 3 – 7

Human Eye and Illusions: Unveil the world of 3-D perception with the aid of color filters. Make your own 3-D glasses and create optical illusions.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 4.1, 4.2,
Grade 4 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 4.1,
Grade 6 – NYC Unit 3/NYS PS 4.1,
Grade 7 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 4.1, 4.4

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Science Detective

Grades 4 – 6

Logic and Puzzles: Solve a crime using clues, fingerprints, paper chromatography and coded messages. Make your own alphabet wheel to compose and decode secret messages.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade 5 – NYC Unit 1/NYS S1.1-1.3, S2.1-2.3

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Float, Sink or Flink

Grades 4 – 8

Density: Observe the properties of mass, volume, density and buoyancy in a fun activity-based lesson. Classify objects that float, sink or flink. Make a hydrometer to measure the density of various unknown liquids.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade 4 – NYC Unit 3/NYS PS 3.1a-f,
Grade 5 – NYC Unit 1/NYS S1.1-1.3, 3.2-3.3,
Grade 7 – NYC Unit 2, NYS ILSE exam prep

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Push, Pull, Yank and Crank

Grades 4 – 8

Simple Machines: Define force, weight and work. Experiment with simple machines such as levers, pulleys and wheels to determine the qualitative and quantitative relationship between force and work.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade 5 – Unit 1,
Grade 6 – NYC Unit 1/NYS PS 4.1-5.2,
Grade 8 – Unit 2/NYS PS5.1

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Decaying Science

Grades 4 – 8

Decomposition and Environment:

Discover the causes of decomposition. Experiment with various materials and environmental conditions and make predictions about decomposition rates. Make and take home a bottle composter.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade 4 – NYC Unit 1/NYS LE5.2g, 6.1,
Grade 5 – NYC Unit 4/NYS LE5.1, 6.1, S1.1-1

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Color My World

Grades 4 – 8

Light and Color: Examine the mysteries of color and light. Under unique lighting conditions, solve color mysteries and create secret messages. Make and take home your own spectroscope.

Workshop fees: $200 per workshop plus group admission fees. Maximum 32 students.

Grade 4 – NYC Unit 2,
Grade 5 – NYC Unit 1/NYS S1.1, 2.1-2.3,
Grade 7 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS4

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