Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position


Picture Dots is an iOS app designed to assist young children and their grown-ups engage in conversations about what they notice in the world. The app invites families to take a photo of something they see in their daily life. Children can then drag red, green, blue and yellow dots onto the photo and assign each dot a sound, a word or a phrase. When they press play, they can hear the story they created.

Picture Dots is part of the Noticing Tools™ app suite that promotes STEM learning for children. Picture Dots uses NYSCI’s Design, Make, Play approach, which puts children at the center of learning, engaging children as creators of content. Design, Make, Play emphasizes open-ended exploration, imaginative learning and personal relevance, resulting in deep engagement and delight in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Picture Dots are accompanied by storybook guides for children and parents and will be ready to download in Summer 2017.

Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

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Our mobile devices can pay bills, deposit checks, connect us with friends in faraway places, provide the latest weather forecast, and make light work of an 800-page book. At this point, it seems that the only thing our digital devices can’t do is save the world. But that’s about to change.

In a few short years, a new portable experience will be ready to take on one of our society’s most pressing issues: how to balance the needs of various stakeholders in an ecosystem.

NYSCI’s new mobile application will challenge users to solve problems in a simulated world of playful creatures and vibrant flora. The world will be composed of interconnected ecosystems where players can control the behaviors of creatures to accomplish goals and respond to changes in the health of the habitats. The experience will allow players to work by themselves or join with friends to collaborate or compete.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and the JPB Foundation, the initiative is a collaborative effort between NYSCI, Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network, and Design I/O.

The application was recently a part of a White House Fact Sheet listing new commitments to President Obama’s Computer Science for All Initiative, a bold plan to give every American student the opportunity to learn computer science.

Inspired by NYSCI’s Connected Worlds exhibition, the application will get middle school students using the kinds of computational ideas (sequences, loops, variables, conditionals and events) and models that ecologists use to solve problems in environmental science. The goal is to get kids interested in ecology, and ultimately, to use their brainpower to help save our favorite planet.

 


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1543144.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

Gain new perspectives on the exhibits of NSYCI with three super fun Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunts. See what you can discover about eating, moving, and hacking.

Downloads are FREE.
Available for iPhone and Android!
 
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For Apple Products: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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For Android: Requires 4.1 and up. Android users require a code to download the app. Please contact publicprograms@nysci.org for the code.

Eat
How can cooking and eating be more fun and healthy? Explore NYSCI to learn how food relates to energy and can be used as fuel to do more and better things.
 
Move
Learn about momentum, energy and different forms of transportation, and
discover the causes and effects of movement throughout NYSCI.

Hack
To hack is to be clever and creative, and to make things your own.
Use your ingenuity to see NYSCI in different ways.

Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunts turn any place into an adventure! The thought-provoking clues prompt kids to take photographs, ask questions, perform tricks, tell stories, and document the world and people around them. Along the way kids make discoveries, create art, and get to know people. Our ever-expanding library of scavenger hunts ranges from bedrooms, backyards, and restaurants to museums, zoos, and airports.

Monkey Bar Collective: Monkey Bar Collective is a game design and production company specializing in children’s games. Founders Amy Kraft and Sharon Bilman combined have 30 years experience making games for kids. Monkey Spot is our first homegrown original app.

Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

As New Yorkers head to the polls this Tuesday, there are still 5% of Republican voters and 3% of Democratic voters who remain undecided according to a recent poll of likely primary voters. This in spite of a deluge of information, often fueled by data from exit polls and opinion polls at every step and turn of the primary season. Today, the New York Times even took an informal look at which candidate is a true New Yorker, using images of pizza slices to show their ratings on things like accent, attitude, and whether or not they’ve seen the Broadway hit Hamilton.

This election year, one thing is clear: Someone out there is having a lot of fun with math.

And now you can too.

Using our Fraction Mash app, you can take photos of your two favorite presidential hopefuls and merge them into your ideal candidate. Perhaps you like 5/8ths of Clinton’s views, but want to add 3/8ths of Sanders. Or you prefer 5/8th Trump with 3/8th Cruz. You even get to choose what fraction size each piece of your presidential puzzle should be. Maybe you like your puzzle pieces to be big and bold – 1/8 or 1/16 pieces may be best for you. Or maybe you like them small and precise – 1/100 or even 1/625. You decide. The power is in your hands.

So what if you haven’t decided who you’ll vote for on Tuesday. You’re a New Yorker, you’ll figure out what to do. You’re used to deciding among many choices at the last minute – what party to go to, sushi or samosas for dinner, cab or subway, standard deduction or itemized.

You still have a few days to make up your mind about Tuesday’s primary. In the meantime, have some fun with fractions and decide what your ideal presidential candidate would look like. For some of you, that may be the easiest decision you make all month.

Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

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NYSCI’s Noticing Tools™, a suite of five math and science apps, has been selected as a Science Learning Challenge winner by NewSchools Venture Fund, a philanthropic investor headquartered in Oakland, Calif. NewSchools Ignite supports entrepreneurs working to address the most pressing gaps in K–12 education technology, specifically engaging a broad array of learners in science. The award includes a generous grant, along with business advisory support and access to a team of cognitive scientists focused on applying the latest in learning science to product design. Competition for this program was intense – although more than 100 companies and organizations applied, NYSCI is one of only 15 selected to be part of NewSchools Ignite’s first cohort.

The Noticing Tools™ suite of iPad apps helps students make mathematics discoveries through their own play and compelling and playful design projects. One of the apps in this suite, Playground Physics, was among Fast Company’s 2015 Innovation By Design Award Winners for Data Visualization and was named a Best New App in the worldwide App Store following its launch.

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Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

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NYSCI’s Noticing Tools™, launched in 2015, are a ground-breaking suite of iPad apps that make learning math and science irresistible through play, creative design projects, and collaboration. Here’s what the press have to say about these unique digital tools:

  • Fast Co. Design: “Want Kids To Be More Interested in STEM Classes? There’s An App For That”
  • New York Times: “Apps to Bring Math and Science Skills Back After Summer’s Slide”
  • Fast Company: Noticing Tools™ Awarded With Innovation by Design Award for Data Visualization

 

Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

On August 17, NYSCI visited the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to ring the Opening Bell. The occasion marked the release of the Noticing Tools™, a groundbreaking suite of iPad apps that will aid parents and educators in teaching children math and science concepts. Margaret Honey, NYSCI’s president and chief executive officer, rang the Opening Bell and was presented with a commemorative gift by Anna Ewing, executive vice president and chief information officer of Nasdaq, and a trustee of NYSCI.

The Opening Bell ceremony was broadcast live by CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business News and BNN, and via a live feed on the Nasdaq Tower in Times Square and on nasdaq.com.

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Above photo: NYSCI staff, trustees and friends gather at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to ring the Opening Bell. Photo by Christopher Galluzzo, (c) 2015, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

Top photo: NYSCI’s Margaret Honey is presented with a special gift by Nasdaq’s Anna Ewing. Photo by Christopher Galluzzo, (c) 2015, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

View additional photos from the event on our Flickr site.

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Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

NYSCI’s five new iPad apps will motivate students to learn fundamental math and science concepts and give teachers and parents a set of mobile resources that can inspire children’s everyday explorations in the classroom, at home, on the playground or just about anywhere else. Collectively known as Noticing Tools™, the five apps are now available in the App Store. We created Noticing Tools™ in collaboration with Local Projects, a media design firm for museums, brands and public spaces.

The apps that make up the Noticing Tools™ suite embody our Design-Make-Play approach to learning, which invites a broad array of learners to explore complex concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM.) These are among the same concepts that often discourage learners from pursuing STEM education and careers.

With the Noticing Tools™, users can measure distances, capture photos and videos for documentation, and create notations and narratives about all types of data. The apps, designed for students in upper elementary grades through high school, include:

  • Playground Physics – Focuses on the science concepts of force, motion and energy. Using this app, students record ordinary play activities such as tossing a ball and then playback the recording in the motion, energy or force modes to discover and analyze the physics of that activity. The app and accompanying curriculum activities are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • Choreo Graph – Allows users to learn about rotation, translation and reflection. With this app, users create an animated character from photos and explore graphs and coordinate geometry to choreograph dance moves for their character. The app and corresponding curriculum activities address Common Core Math Standards (CCSM).
  • Fraction Mash – App users explore fractions while creating mashups of two or more photos, manipulating the size and number of pieces from each individual photo. The app and accompanying curriculum activities address Common Core Standards for Mathematics (CCSM).
  • Size Wise – Users explore ratios and proportions while creating forced perspective photographs. The app encourages users to reason proportionally while creating images where something large appears small, or vice versa. The app and curriculum activities are aligned to the Common Core Standards for Mathematics (CCSM).
  • Volumize – With this app, users can take two-dimensional photos and make them three-dimensional models. In the process, they’ll explore the relationship between surface area and volume.

Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Standards for Mathematics, the open-ended apps and supporting resources offer a creative platform for students of any age to explore math and science through self-guided projects they find intrinsically motivating. Educators and parents will find theNoticing Tools™ useful for doing many types of activities and supporting lesson plans on a broad range of topics. The Noticing Tools™ website also features a gallery of user-created projects to demonstrate the vast potential of the apps.

Noticing Tools™ will be available in the App Store for $2.99 each, or as a bundle for $9.99. For educators, the apps are available through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program, which offers a 50 percent discount for purchases for 20 or more devices. All proceeds support the educational mission of NYSCI.

We’ve developed a starter pack of lessons and usage tips for the apps that are designed for students both in and outside the classroom. These resources can be downloaded for free at noticing.nysci.org.

The development of Noticing Tools™ was made possible with generous support from the US Department of Education Investing in Innovation Award, the National Science Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science and Technology Learning (SciPlay), The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation and BNY Mellon Foundation.

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Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

Doug Moore, NYSCI’s VP of Digital Education Strategy, talks about NYSCI’s new Noticing Tools

The IOS-based apps offer fun and creative ways for students to wrestle with complicated math and science topics such as proportion, force and motion, by allowing students to create and document their design projects and share with others.

UPDATE AUGUST 17, 2015: Noticing Tools are now available for download.  Learn more at noticing.nysci.org

Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

Dorothy Bennett, NYSCI’s Director of Design Based Learning in Schools, talks about young people’s desire to play and be active participants in their learning experience.

She discusses the development of NYSCI’s Noticing Tools™ – which offer fun and creative ways for students to wrestle with complicated math and science topics such as proportion, force and motion, by allowing students to create and document their design projects and share with others.

Dorothy’s team has been specifically working on the Size Wise tool – an iPad app which allows students to explore ratios and proportions while making funny pictures that make things look wildly bigger and smaller than they really are.

If you’re a teacher, sign up for the beta download here: nysci.org/noticing/

Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

SciPlay, in partnership with The Concord Consortium, presents GeniGames, a web-based application that supports the teaching and learning of genetics in high school Living Environment classes. Designed, developed and produced by SciPlay (NYSCI) and the Concord Consortium, GeniGames aims to increase student engagement, motivation, affect and learning.

GeniGames includes an all-inclusive curricular guide, aligned with all NY State Standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

GeniGames users become dragon breeders in a fictional world full of towns, characters, and dragons! Dragon breeders will connect their basic knowledge about cells, DNA and sexual reproduction and develop their understanding of how genetic information results in the production of both genotypes and phenotypes. Breeders will incorporate their knowledge of meiosis and patterns of inheritance to see how traits are distributed to offspring and how selective breeding produces unique individuals with specific traits. Beginning with dominant and recessive traits, then moving through each town, breeders will understand topics such as sex-linked traits, incomplete dominance traits, “polyallelic” traits and “multigenic” traits.

Students use this unit to develop their understanding of how genetic information results in the production of phenotypically and genotypically unique individuals, and incorporate knowledge of meiosis and patterns of inheritance to answer the driving questions: “How are traits distributed to offspring?” and “How does selective breeding produce unique individuals with specific traits?”

Interested in using GeniGames in your classroom? Please download the curricular guide and worksheet packet. Visit http://concord.org/projects/genigames for more teacher resources including access to The Concord Consortium’s Learning Portal.

Looking for a little guidance on how to use the software? Download the GeniGames Instruction Manual and Task Guide.

Looking to just have some fun? Visit http://genigames.concord.org/ to start playing immediately. Anyone can play anytime!

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Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

vv_sciencelabappNYSCI’s Digital Learning team are currently taking their signature Virtual Visits remote learning to a whole new level.

With generous support from The New York Community Trust, NYSCI has been able to develop a series of virtual Science Labs that incorporate Android and iOS based apps to simulate the lab experience for chronically ill high school students. These virtual Science Labs and their corresponding apps maintain the one-to-one attention and inquiry based learning that is particular to NYSCI’s Virtual Visits, allowing students to stay up-to-date with their lessons and foster their curiosity of science.

For more information about Virtual Visits and Science Labs, contact Anthony Negron. We hope to see you soon virtually!

Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

SciPlay and Design Lab have been working hard to create a suite of apps for release in the app store to help support playful and engaging STEM learning. Collectively, these are the NYSCI Noticing Tools™. While the many apps we are creating promote exploration of a variety of concepts, including ratios, graph translation, motion, energy, and force, they all center around the same core principles.

 

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These apps move away from games and highly structured experiences and serve as tools to help students notice the math and science in their everyday life. This noticing allows for different, divergent thinking, problem-solving, and more opportunities for kids to learn independently and together in ways that benefit them in personalized and open-ended ways.

 

People and play at the center

Our Noticing Tools™ foster engagement by capitalizing on the learners and their personal experiences. Rather than introducing concepts through abstract scenarios, all of our apps allow the learners to interact personally with the technology, including capturing videos or pictures of themselves, their friends, or photos of their own creation. The apps mine these resources for data that map directly to the learner’s experience in a concrete and meaningful way.

 

Divergent thinking and divergent solutions

With the noticing approach that our resources promote, children and families alike are invited to explore and wonder about the world around them. Rather than posing a set of questions in which learners are expected to provide “correct” answers, these Noticing Tools™ encourage deep and creative thinking, exploration, and discovery.

 

Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

Fast Company checked in with NYSCI’s Harouna Ba and Local Projects’ Jake Barton as they tested the latest prototype of our soon-to-be-available Physics app.

“I think sometimes technology does a better job of showing [physics] than actually having someone talk about the concept,” Ba says. “Some of these concepts–motion, force–they are very complex scientific concepts to teach. They’re just hard.”

Getting kids to play outside, on the other hand, is relatively easy. “Natural play is intrinsically motivating for children,” says Ba, who holds degrees in psychology and sociology.

Harnessing playing as a motivator, rather than approaching physics concepts in a more pedagogical way, can help science learning reach a broader audience. Ba says he’s noticed that kids, especially those from underserved communities, can get intimidated by technical scientific tools like microscopes. “They’re like, ‘I don’t want to touch this; it’s too expensive,’” Ba says. “We’re trying to invite them into science learning in a very playful way. It’s not school, where they’re just sitting there listening to someone talking.”

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The app will be ready later this year. You can check out the entire article and slideshow here.

Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

Remember when NYSCI had a bunch of extinct technologies out for hands-on display during our Summer Chronoleap: technolution event?

Now the beta version of Chronoleap is ready to download along with a stack of free games that will transport you into a virtual version of the 1964/65 World’s Fair. These educational games and activities were created in partnership with the University of Central Florida, Queens Museum of Art and New York Hall of Science.

Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play. The defining characteristics of Design-Make-Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

Can dragons get kids fired up about genetics? We found out today as SciPlay hosted the second GeniGames tournament with students from Health Opportunities High School in the Bronx and Grover Cleveland High School in Queens.

Contestants were tasked with breeding dragons and overcoming various genetic hurdles to see whose dragon had the most longevity. In collaboration with Concord Consortium and researchers from Michigan State University, SciPlay is studying whether incorporating elements of gaming into science curricula will help sustain student interest and motivation to learn.

The project runs through 2014. You can read the abstract here.