Middle School to High 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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Mineral Madness

Grades 6 – 10

Mineral Investigations: Sharpen observation skills while learning about minerals and how they are classified. Sort through the many properties that make up the earthly materials that surround us.

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

Grade 7 – NYC Unit 1/NYS 2.1-2.2,
Grades 9 to 10 – NYC Earth Science Unit 3/NYS PS 3.1,
Unit 5/NYS PS 2.1

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Ecosystemology

Grades 6 – 10

Environmental Science:

Investigate the roles of both living and non-living components of a land ecosystem such as soil, microbes, plants and water. Create a mini-biosphere (self-sustaining environment) to take back to your classroom.

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

Grade 6 – NYC Units 3-4,
Grade 7 – NYC Unit 4/NYS LE 5.1-5.2,
Grade 8 – NYC Unit 4,
Grades 9 to 10 – LE Unit 3/NYS LE1.1, 6.1-6.3

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D–n–Amazing

Grades 6 – 12

Genetics:

Discover the shared chemistry that exists among living things. Participate in an activity demonstrating how the same units of DNA lead to the diversity of living things. Isolate and take home your own DNA.

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

Grade 6 – NYC Unit 3/NYS 1.1,
Grade 7 – NYC Units 3-4,
Grade 8 – NYC Unit 1/NYS LE2.1,
Grades 9 to 12 – LE Units 4/NYS LE1.2, Unit 7/NYS
LE 2.1, 2.2

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Forensic Frenzy

Grades 7 – 10

Critical Thinking:

Use critical thinking strategies and forensic science techniques to solve a mystery. Examine trace evidence to record and interpret data in order to formulate a conclusion.

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

Grades 9 to 10 – NYC LE Unit 1/NYS Inquiry strand
Standards 1,2,6,7 IPS-Standard 7

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Powerful Polymers

Grades 7 – 12

Molecular Chemistry:

Explore the molecular world of cross-linked polymers. Discover how atoms form molecules and monomers and how they link to form amazing organic and inorganic polymers. Make your own cross-linked polymer to take home.

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

Grade 7 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 3.1-3.3,
Grades 9 to 12 – NYC Chem Units 2 & 4/NYS 3.1, 3.3, 5.2

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