Big Science Days

Bring NYSCI to your school-wide or district-wide event for a Big Science Day. NYSCI provides multiple tabletop activity stations that engage participants of all ages in designing, making, tinkering, discovering and experimenting. Students can build giant structures with wooden dowels, observe live critters, make a roller coaster ramp with recycled materials, or create an optical illusion toy.

All activity materials are provided and facilitated by NYSCI staff for rotating groups of up to 300 – 400 participants.

Fee: $5,000 for up to three hours of six ongoing activities, $7,000 for up to three hours of eight ongoing activities.

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STEM Live Auditorium Presentation

NYSCI instructors will wow students with exciting experiments that bring science to life on a larger scale. During the 45-minute interactive show, instructors demonstrate various science phenomena that engage audience members in STEM. Topics include electricity, air pressure and chemical reactions.

Presenters will need access to a microphone and speaker system. Travel charges may apply for locations more than 20 miles away from NYSCI.

Fee: $500 for the first show; $400 for each additional show..

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STEM Residency Series

Supplement your 3rd or 4th grade Science Scope & Sequence Units of Study, NY State and Next Generation Science Standards with a STEM Residency delivered by a NYSCI instructor. Each STEM Residency consists of three sessions scheduled throughout the school year for your class that highlights concepts students are required to learn through city and statewide standards.

Grade 3: Interdependence Series

  • Owl Pellets: Explore the relationships between predator and prey with an owl pellet dissection. Students will extract and classify the bones of different prey in an owl’s diet, compare results with other students, and create a class graph of findings.
    Grade 3 – NYS Unit 2 3-LS4-2, NYS 3-LS4-2
  • Ecosystemology: Learn about water, nitrogen and carbon cycles while creating a mini biosphere. Students will be able to analyze and observe their self-sustaining environment over time utilizing an observation tool.
    Grade 3 – NYC Unit 2 3-LS4-3, NYS 3-LS4-3
  • Animal Prosthetics: Using simple materials and viewing short videos of animal injuries for inspiration, students will design and build prosthetic beak or feet models for injured birds. Connects to engineering practices by giving students opportunities to design solutions for real world problems.
    Grade 3- NYC Unit 2 3-LS4-3, NYS 3-LS4-3

Grade 4: Structure and Function of Organisms Series

  • Gliding Animals: Get inspired by gliding animals and your knowledge of forces and motion to design a gliding wing suit out of everyday materials.
    Grade 4 – NYC Unit 1 LS1-2, NYS LS1-2
  • The Eyes Have It: Experiment with various optical illusions and learn how the brain can deceive the eye. Conduct investigations on depth perception, use color filters to make 3-D glasses, and create your own optical illusion toy.
    Grade 4 – NYC Unit 1 LS1-2, NYS LS1-2
  • Cow’s Eye Dissection: Compare and contrast the structure and function of a human eye by dissecting a cow’s eye. Explore how your brain and your eyes work together to filter light and create images for your brain to interpret.
    Grade 4 – NYC Unit 1 LS1-2, NYS LS1-2

All materials are provided for a maximum of 30 students per 45 minute session.

Fee: $900 per class for all three sessions. Travel charges may apply for locations more than 20 miles away from NYSCI..

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Science Test Enrichment Unit (4th Grade)

Seeking hands-on activities for your 4th grade students that will reinforce science concepts on the 4th grade NYS Science test? NYSCI offers a series of five 45-minute sessions for your class throughout the year that will assist students with understanding challenging science concepts before the big day. All materials are provided for a maximum of 30 students per class.

  • Electricity (2 sessions): Review principles of circuitry with wires bulbs and batteries then reinforce the principles from the previous lesson to create a greeting card that lights up using LEDS and copper tape.
    Grade 3- NYC Unit 4 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4, NYS 4 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4
    Grade 4- NYC Unit 2 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, NYS 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4
  • Density (1 session): Explore the concept of density as you compare and contrast the properties of various liquids and solids, create a density column and explore mass and volume.
    Grade 2- Unit 1: NYC 2-PS1-1, NYS 2-PS1-1
  • Magnetism (2 sessions): Explore the properties of magnets, learn what magnets are, what they are made of, and how the poles of a magnet orient themselves. Explore the properties of magnets and the magnetic quality of different materials by creating and playing with a magnetic maze.
    Grade 3- NYC Unit 4 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4, NYS 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4

All activity materials are provided and facilitated by NYSCI staff for rotating groups of up to 300 – 400 participants.

Fee: $1,500 per class for all 5 sessions

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Science Outreaches

Enrich your classroom and after-school programming by incorporating hands-on science activities led by NYSCI instructors. Each outreach session is designed to provide an interactive age-appropriate science experience that correlates to the New York City Science Scope and Sequence, New York State and National Standards.

All materials are provided for a maximum of 30 students per 45-minute session.

Fee: $300 for the first session plus $225 for each additional session, with a minimum booking of two sessions.
Travel charges may apply for locations more than 20 miles away from NYSCI.

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Early Elementary

 

Bubble, Bubble

Grades Pre-K – 2

Through creative, hands-on activities, students investigate the basic science behind bubbles and explore the properties of bubbles. Students investigate the shapes of bubbles by making different bubble wands. Students conduct different experiments on whether they can create bubbles of different sizes and colors.

Grade Pre-K – NYC Unit 7 P-PS1-1, NYS P-PS1-1
Grade K – NYC Unit 1 K-PS1-1, NYS P-PS1-1
Grade 2 – NYC Unit 1 2-ESS2-2, NYS 2-ESS2-2

 

LIGHT AND SHADOWS

Grades Pre-K – 2

How is a shadow created? Experiment with light sources, shapes and filters to create a variety of shadows.

Grade Pre-K – Unit 6 PS3-1
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 2 PS4-2, 1-ESS1-2, NYS PS4-2, PS4-3

 

MAKE SOME NOISE

Grades Pre-K – K

Investigate the science of sound and vibrations while exploring different objects and the types of sounds they create. Students will make instruments with bells, shells and beads. They will then create a musical piece that will be performed with the entire class with their handmade instruments.

Pre-K – K – NYC Unit 2 – P-PS4-1, NYS P-PS4-1

 

GOOEY MATTER

Grades Pre-K – 2

Experience solids, liquids and gases as you investigate a substance called Oobleck, and the differences between Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids. Following a storytelling session, each student will make their own Oobleck from cornstarch and water, and relate it to the Dr. Suess story of the same name.

Pre-K – NYC Unit 7 P-PS1-1
Grade K – NYC Unit 1 K-PS1-1, NYS K-PS1-1
Grade 2 – NYC Unit 1 2-PS1-1, NYS 2-PS1-1

 

ROCKETS

Grades Pre-K – 2

Explore the trajectory of a rocket as students design and launch their own rockets. Students will investigate variables from the length of the tube to the number of fins on their rocket to create the best performing rocket.

Grade Pre-K – NYC Unit 5 P-PS2-1, NYS PS2-1
Grade K – NYC Unit 2 K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2, NYS K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2

 

Camouflage

Grades K – 2

How do animals keep themselves safe from predators? Students will create an animal that will hide in its environment using camouflage. An interactive story time is included in this workshop.

Grade K – NYC Unit 3 K-LS1-1, NYS K-LS1-1
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 3 1-LS1-1, NYS 1-LS1-1
Grade 2 – NYS 2-LS4-1

 

CLASSY CLASSIFICATION

Grades K – 2

Through a series of hands-on activities, students explore the fascinating differences between insects and spiders. Become an entomologist and learn how to classify different insects based on their characteristics and anatomy. Investigate the structure and function of their different body parts. This workshop provides a solid foundation for learning the principles of classification. This workshop also includes a science story time.

Grade K – NYC Unit 3 K-ESS3-1, NYS K-ESS3-1
Grade 1 – NYC Unit 3 1-LS1-1, NYS 1-LS1-1
Grade 2 – NYC Unit 3 2-LS2-2, NYS 2-LS2-2

 

Mixing Color

Grades K – 2

Explore the colors of the visible spectrum through hands-on experiments and learn the differences between primary and secondary colors. Participate in an interactive story time and make a colorful collage to take home.

NGSS CCC-Patterns

 

Sporty Nutrition

Grades K – 2

What should I eat today? Through various hands-on activities, students investigate how different foods give you the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients required for good health. Students participate in different activities to explore and understand our dietary nutritional needs, and make and take home a nutrition wheel.

Grade 2 – NYC Unit 3 2-LS2-2, NYS 2-LS2-2

 

Stuck on Magnets

Grades K – 2

Through hands-on activities, students explore the properties of magnets, learn what magnets are, what they are made of, and how the poles of a magnet orient themselves. With an understanding of what magnetic material is made of, students make predictions about what happens when two magnets (and non-magnets) are brought together. This workshop utilizes on classification and measurement.

Grade K – NYC Unit 2 K-PS2-1, NYS K-PS2-1
Grade 2 – NYC Unit 1 2-PS1-2, NYS 2-PS1-2, 2-PS1-3

 

COOL CRITTERS

Grades 1 – 3

What is the difference between an insect and an arachnid? Compare and contrast the physical characteristics of various live critters to determine if they are insects. Explore the life stages of a beetle up close and investigate the physical features these cool critters have that will help them to survive in the wild.

Grade 1 – NYC Unit 3 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, NYS 1-LS2-2
Grade 2 – NYC Unit 3 2-LS2-2, NYS 2-LS2-2
Grade 3 – NYC Unit 2 3-LS4-3, NYS 2-LS2-2


 

Elementary To Middle School

 

OWL PELLET DISSECTION

Grades 2 – 6

Explore the relationships between predator and prey with an owl pellet dissection. Students will extract and classify the bones of different prey in an owl’s diet. Compare results with other students and create a class graph of findings.

Grade 2 – NYC Unit 3 2-LS2-2, NYS 2-LS2-2
Grade 3 – NYC Unit 2 3-LS4-2, NYS 3-LS4-2
Grade 4 – NYC Unit 1 4-LS1-1, NYS 4-LS1-1
Grade 5 – NYC Unit 2 5-PS3-1, NYS 5-PS3-1
Grade 6 – NYC Unit 3 – MS LS2-3, MS LS2-4, NYS MS LS2-3, MS LS2-4

 

BOUNCE, BALANCE AND PLAY

Grades 3 – 6

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 or fly as they do. Make predictions, conduct trial experiments and collect data on the elasticity of various balls. Test your reaction time to improve your performance in sports activities.

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 4 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, NYS 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2
Grade 4 – NYC Unit 2 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, NYS 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4

 

MICROSCOPES AND MICROBES

Grades 3 – 5

Learn how to use a microscope to investigate the fascinating world of microorganisms. Prepare slides to observe and analyze the shapes, colors and sizes of various live microbes and how they move and feed. Explore the vital role microbes play in our ecosystem. Take home your own magnifying lens to conduct your own magnification investigations!

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 1 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, NYS 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2
Grade 4 – NYC Unit 1 4-LS1-1, NYS 4-LS1-1
Grade 5 – NYC Unit 2 5-LS1-1, NYS 5-LS1-1

 

THE EYES HAVE IT

Grades 3 – 7

Experiment with various optical illusions and learn how the brain can deceive the eye. Explore how the structure and function of our eyes helps us to see. Conduct investigations on depth perception, use color filters to make 3D glasses, and create your own optical illusion toy.

Grade 4 – NYC Unit 1 LS1-2, NYS LS1-2
Grade 7 – NYC Unit 3 MS-LS1-8, NYS MS-LS1-8

 

All Charged Up

Grades 3 – 6

Through a series of hands-on activities, students are introduced to the concepts of static electricity, conducting and non-conducting material, and simple and parallel circuits. Students discover how electricity is produced, experience the powerful electric field of an electrostatic generator, experiment with conductors and insulators, and design and build simple circuits.

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 4 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4, NYS 4 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4
Grade 4 – NYC Unit 2 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, NYS 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4

 

Delicious DNA

Grades 5 – 9

Discover the shared chemistry that exists among living things. Isolate and take home the DNA from a strawberry or banana. Solve a fruity mystery using the DNA from various fruits. Use your skills of deduction to solve the mystery of the unknown DNA.
Grade 7 – NYC Unit 3 – MS LS1-2, NYS MS LS1-2
Grade 8 – NYC Unit 3 MS LS3-1, MS LS3-2, NYS MS LS3-1, MS LS3-2


 

Middle School To High School

 

Force & Motion

Grades 6 – 8

Physics: Through a series of interactive and creative hands-on challenges, students explore Newton’s Laws of Motion. Students then use their knowledge to design, build, test and modify a balloon car racer – and race them!

Grade 8 – NYC Unit 1 MS-PS3-1, MS-PS3-2, NYS MS-PS3-1, MS-PS3-2

 

Cool Craniums

Grades 6 – 10

Life Science: Explore how animals adapt to their environments. Study, sort and classify the form and function of a variety of mammal skulls. Investigate how to apply these techniques to identify a mysterious skull.

Grade 8 – NYC Unit 4 MS-LS4-2, NYS MS-LS4-2

 

Mystery Molecules

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.

Grade 7 – NYC Unit 1 MS-PS1-1, NYS MS-PS1-1
Grade 7 – NYC Unit 2 ms-PS1-3, NYS MS-PS1-1

 

The Reasons for Seasons

Grades 1 – 12

Predict rising and setting positions of the Sun at the beginning of each season and explore factors that contribute to seasonal change. Students will also learn about the seasonal changes in other places on Earth and the factors contributing to those changes.

This outreach uses Starlab, our portable planetarium. Starlab requires a space of 24 feet in width and 12 feet in height. It fits perfectly in a school’s gymnasium or on an auditorium stage. A NYSCI instructor will lead your students through the program.

Grade 1 – NYC Unit 1 1-ESS1-2, NYS 1-ESS1-2
Grade 5 – Unit 5 5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-2, NYSC 5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-2
Grade 8 – NYC Unit 2 MS-ESS1-1, NYS MS-ESS1-1

 

The Night Sky

Grades 1 – 12

Immerse yourself in the evening starry sky. Learn how to read a star map and find objects in the night sky using a technique called star hopping. Make connections between the constellations in the night sky and Greek and Native American mythologies.

This outreach uses Starlab, our portable planetarium. Starlab requires a space of 24 feet in width and 12 feet in height. It fits perfectly in a school’s gymnasium or on an auditorium stage. A NYSCI instructor will lead your students through the program.

Grade 1 – Grade 5 – NYC Unit 5-ESS1-2, NYSC 5-ESS1-2
Grade 8 – NYC Unit 2 MS-ESS1-1, NYS MS-ESS1-1

 

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