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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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Sports Challenge

The Sports Challenge invites visitors to test their skills in a variety of sports including baseball, rock climbing, drag racing, and surfing—all the while communicating the vital roles that physics, physiology, and materials science play in the sports’ world. A series of individual stations give…

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Seeing the Light

Seeing the Light invites visitors to explore the sense of sight, learning how humans see and perceive color and light, and how what we think we see often may not be what is actually there. In this exhibition, users will discover how the eye works…

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Mathematica

Mathematics has been called the “Queen of the Sciences” for it’s intrinsic beauty and because it has mothered a host of other sciences and disciplines. Designed for IBM in 1961 by world-renowned designers Charles and Ray Eames, Mathematica is the first interactive exhibition devoted to…

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Rocket Park

Visitors get a rare chance to explore some of the rockets and spacecraft that helped initiate the space race. These vehicles were state-of-the-art space exploring machines at the time of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, which was held on the site of NYSCI. Back…

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Search for Life Beyond Earth

On Earth, wherever there is life, there is water. Are there other places in our solar system that might contain water and perhaps life? Discover what scientists have learned about life in extreme environments on Earth and how this suggests what kind of life we…

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Feedback Exhibition

Today, we carry around incredibly complex devices in our bags, travel in ever more sophisticated vehicles, and hear talk about artificial intelligence. Each of these has a simple idea in common—mechanical feedback—when a system provides information about the way it is running that allows for…

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Connections

Over the past decade scientists in different fields have been using the paradigm of networks to understand a broad range of physical, biological, social, and communications systems. Through a mix of technology and art, our exhibition explores the fundamental structures of networks, providing visitors with…

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