Sustainable Spring Break

 

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Join us for a week of installations, prototypes, workshops and experiences related to sustainable thinking and action with NYSCI’s 2019 Designers-in-Residence, Krystal Persaud, Marco Castro Cosio, Brooke Singer and LoVid. The Gazillion Bubble Show will also be making a special appearance on Thursday, April 25!

Each day of Spring Break, enjoy sustainability-focused activities developed by CUSP and Design Lab, as well as NYSCI’s new exhibit, Solar Cat, created by Designer-in-Residence, Krystal Persaud, with her Explainer partners. Individual activities by day are broken out below.

Free with NYSCI admission.

Weeklong Activities

 

Solar Cat

Upper Level, Tech Gallery
All day
Get excited about renewable energy with Solar Cat: The Cutest Solar Panel Ever Made. The exhibit centers around a giant, 140-watt cat-shaped solar panel that is mounted to the window. The energy harvested by Solar Cat powers an adjacent interactive pedestal that features fun facts & diagrams about how solar panels work. Visitors can physically flip a switch to send Solar Cat’s harvested energy to power up a model house. Visitors can also charge their phones using one of two built-in USB ports that are powered by Solar Cat. This exhibit not only educators visitors about solar technology, but demonstrates how creativity and design can push technology to be more accessible.

Solar Cat was created by NYSCI Designer-in-Residence, Krystal Persaud, Designer & Founder of Grouphug, in collaboration with NYSCI Explainers: Kristian Roopnarine, Estefany Gomez, & Sophia Madonia, with support from Electrical Engineer, Kristin Salomon.

Play NYSCI’s New Video Game The Pack

Design Lab, Lower Level
Every day, 1 – 3 pm

Help restore the world to an ecologically balanced state in this open-world puzzle and survival game – while learning some computational thinking along the way! This new game, created by NYSCI and Design I/O, launches on Earth Day, April 22nd. Come be amongst the first to play, problem-solve and celebrate with us!

Sustainable Design Activities

Design Lab
Clean my ocean: A “pick it up” challenge where you can design a tool to clean up our waterways.
ReUsable Wraps: Create your own reusable food wrap using beeswax and fabric.

CUSP Activities

Treehouse – Design Lab

CUSP (Climate & Urban Systems Partnership) is dedicated to improving public understanding of Climate Change by helping urban residents see local, city-specific climate impacts and solutions. They’ll be hosting two daily activities:

Extreme Events: Increased precipitation and stronger storms are projected in coming years due to climate change. Using green infrastructure, we can help to reduce flooding and pollution of our waterways in heavy rain events.

Urban Planning in Empty Spaces: Climate change is expected to bring hotter temperatures and more intense rainfall to New York City. Participants will act as urban planners to redesign a vacant lot while considering different solution strategies that address these climate impacts.

Connected Worlds

Great Hall
Connected Worlds immerses visitors in a fantastically animated world where your actions – gestures, movements, and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance, based on core concepts of sustainability science including feedback loops, equilibrium in a dynamic environment, and casual links and influences.

The Science Playground

Tech Gallery, Upper Level
Enjoy NYSCI’s outdoor playground. $5 per person. Free for NYSCI Premium and Family Explorer members.

Additional activities by day:

April 22

Screenings of PLUM Landing animations
Viscusi Gallery
12, 12;30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30 pm
Join us for screenings of PBS Kids’ PLUM Landing animations. Meet Plum, a space traveler from the planet Blorb and their friends, as they explore the deserts of Australia, the mangroves of Belize, the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the jungles of Borneo.
Audience members will receive FREE PLUM gift bags (while supplies last!)

Carbon Sponge Tour & Soil Demo
Upper Level Demo Station
1:15 pm
Learn all about soil, how soil stores carbon, and how that can help our environment. After the demonstration, see these ideas in action by taking a tour of Carbon Sponge: the exhibit started by Designer-in-Residence, Brooke Singer.

Meet The SolarCat Team
Tech Gallery
12 – 2 pm
Meet the team that created SolarCat. Between 12-2pm, play a game of “Climate Change -True or False”, or get creative and design your own solar panel. At 12:15 pm and 1:30 pm, the team will discuss the technology, research and creative process behind the project.

 

April 23

BioBus returns to NYSCI
Outside, Backyard
12 – 4 pm

Discover the excitement of hands-on science aboard our Mobile Labs, equipped with a $75,000 microscope and staffed by scientists. Hop aboard!

 

April 24

Join the Bus Roots Movement
Great Hall Terrace
4 – 7 pm

Get a sneak peak of Bus Roots. Meet Designer-in-Residence, Marco Castro Cosio, and his Explainer collaborators to learn how a renovated ice cream truck can become a mobile garden and help people explore the benefits of green spaces and urban food distribution. Participate in a plant identification challenge to earn a prize!

BioBus returns to NYSCI
Outside, Backyard
12 – 4 pm

Meet The SolarCat Team
Tech Gallery
12 – 2 pm

 

April 25

The Gazillion Bubble Show Preview
3D Theater
12 – 2 pm

Unlike anything you have ever seen before – the most incredibubble show in the world comes to NYSCI! Bubble lovers of all ages are delighted with an unbubblievable experience, awashed with a bubble tide, and perhaps even find themselves inside a bubble. Mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser lighting effects, and momentary soapy masterpieces will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again. You have to experience it to bubblieve it, and if you enjoy the promo show at NYSCI, you can buy tickets to the full show here.

BioBus returns to NYSCI
Outside, Backyard
12 – 4 pm

 

April 26

Carbon Sponge Tour & Soil Demo
Upper Level Demo Station
1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm
Learn all about soil, how soil stores carbon, and how that can help our environment. After the demonstration, see these ideas in action by taking a tour of Carbon Sponge: the exhibit started by Designer-in-Residence, Brooke Singer.

BioBus returns to NYSCI
Outside, Backyard
12 – 4 pm

Information about our Partners:

BioBus
The BioBus mission is to help minority, female, and low-income K – 12 and college students in New York City discover, explore, and pursue science.

CUSP
CUSP (Climate & Urban Systems Partnership) is dedicated to improving public understanding of Climate Change by helping urban residents see local, city-specific climate impacts and solutions. NYSCI is a proud member of this partnership.

PLUM Landing
PLUM Landing is PBS Kids’ exciting multi-platform indoor-outdoor, science exploration and adventure for kids and grown-ups. The site has games, animations, videos, an app, a digital curriculum for after-school and summer camps, and science activities for parents and kids to do together.

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