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

Last month, NYSCI celebrated the holiday season with our annual ReMake the Holidays event. Over the course of the four days of ReMake, both visitors and staff were encouraged to think a bit more consciously about the waste we produce and were given opportunities to bring common recyclable materials back to life in creative new ways. In Maker Space, we tried out a brand new paint marbling project using wood and were thrilled by the response it received. The marbling process involves floating acrylic paint on top of a base of thickened water, swirling and moving the paint into unique patterns, then dipping in a piece of wood that will be stained with the pattern. This amazing art project can easily be replicated with materials you likely already have at home, using these simple instructions.

For this project, you will need the following materials:

  • Pieces of thin scrap wood
  • Container to dip wood into (we like 8oz deli containers for smaller scraps, and foil baking dishes for larger pieces of wood)
  • Cold water
  • Corn starch
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pot and heating element
  • Toothpicks
  • Containers for paint (we’ve used condiment cups, or paintbrush cups with lids)
  • Something to drip paint (pipettes, popsicle sticks, chopsticks)

To start, you will need to create the thickened water base that your paint designs will float on top of. For this, we’re going to jump into the kitchen (or wherever you have a stove/heating element set up), to cook up our thickened paint base.

The base consists of two ingredients: water and cornstarch. Begin by placing a pot containing three cups of water on the stove, and bringing to a boil. While the water is coming to a boil, mix two tablespoons of cornstarch with ¼ cup of cold water, mixing to remove all the clumps. Once the water on the stove is boiling, pour in cornstarch/water mixture, and mix well. Stir frequently for about three minutes. After three minutes, turn off heat and let the mixture rest until cooled. You want to make sure that the mixture has fully cooled down before starting to marble, you can prepare the base mixture several hours in advance of doing the project in order to ensure that it is fully cooled to the touch.

While the base mixture cools, we will go ahead and prepare the paints that we will use to create our marbling patterns. Your goal will be to make the paint a bit thinner than it’s starting consistency, but still thick enough that it will float on top of your base mixture. To do this, pour your paint into a mixing container (in the pictures below we’ve used condiment cups, as well as paintbrush cups like these, either work).

Slowly add small amounts of water to your paint, mixing as you go. You will want to get your paint to be a bit thicker than water, but not as thick as your base mixture. Some marble painters suggest the consistency of milk as a guide for your paint thickness. All paint is different though, so be prepared to do a bit of experimenting with your specific paint in order to find a consistency that most successfully floats on top of your base mixture.

At this point, you should have some thinned paint as well as a base mixture that is cooled to the touch. Time for some marbling!

Choose a container that you will be using to hold your base mixture, and into which you will dip your wood scraps. You will want to choose that is large enough for the wood you’re planning on staining. We’ve done larger scraps in a foil baking dish from the grocery store, and smaller pieces in 8 oz deli containers (both are pictured below). Pour enough base mixture into your dipping container to cover the bottom. You will want an inch or more of base mixture to start with.

Using a pipette, popsicle stick or whatever dripping instrument, add a few drops of paint to the surface of your base mixture. It is normal for the first few drops of paint you add to spread quite a bit, as you add more paint, the drops will stay put more easily. Add more drops slowly to the surface of your cornstarch mixture. Going slowly will help avoid oversaturating your mixture with paint too quickly.
With a toothpick, begin to gently move and swirl the floating paint droplets, creating your desired pattern.

Once you’ve got your paint swirled into your desired pattern, take your scrap wood and gently dip it into the surface of your paint pattern. Focus on having the surface of your wood gently touch the paint floating on your mixtures surface, you want to avoid dunking your scrap wood all the way into your base mixture. You only will need to touch your scrap wood piece to the paint for a few seconds for it to pick up the pattern you have swirled into the paint. After you dip, gently lift up your wood and lay on a flat surface to dry.

Learn more about the history and tradition of marbling here, and be sure to share any of your marbled creations with us by tagging @nysci on social media.

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

Learn how to use a Silhouette Cameo Cutter, a desktop robotic cutting machine. In this workshop, take your holidays to the next level by creating intricately cut pieces of paper and mylar with simple software, to create beautiful holiday cards.

Recommended for ages 6 and older.

$3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $1 per adult/child pair.)

Make It: Digital Paper Cutting will take place on the following days:

  • Saturday, December 2; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 3; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 9 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 10; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 16 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 17; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 23 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 24; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 31; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm

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

3 … 2 … 1 … Happy New Year! Ring in the New Year as you discover the physics of sound. Design and make noisemakers to use for your family’s holiday celebration.

Recommended for children ages 18 months and older. $6 per child. (Members: $5 per child)

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Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like paint, ink, and oobleck.

This program is supported in part by funding from the New York Community Bank Foundation, the Liu Foundation and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Maker Space is made possible thanks to an investment by Cognizant through its Making the Future education initiative.

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

Make your own GingerBread Lane form of transportation. This year’s GingerBread Lane workshops will take you to the road, track, and water with all of the fixings to design a truly sweet car, boat or train. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy.

*$15 per project (NYSCI Members: $10 per project)

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Participants at the November 26 workshop will make a gingerbread house. At all other workshops, participants can create a transportation-themed gingerbread structure: a car, boat or train.

Recommended for ages 4 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of two structures per customer.

Capacity is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Workshops will be held on:

  • Sunday, November 26; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 2; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 3; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 9; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 10; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 16; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 17; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 23; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Wednesday, December 27; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Thursday, December 28; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Friday, December 29; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 30; 1 pm & 3 pm

*Please note: While this workshop is about building, and not consuming, the gingerbread, icing, and candy provided, we know that it happens and that some people have food allergies. If you or your child has food allergies, please email publicprograms@nysci.org to decide if this workshop is appropriate for you.

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

In How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? players take on the role of scientists helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Facilitators introduce participants to mathematical modeling and the ways they can be used to simulate, analyze and make predictions about the complex real-world phenomenon. Players help modify the simulation by suggesting different parameters, such as the number of steps zombies can take in the Zombie Outbreak Simulator, a turn-based game of zombie tag. Then participants play through the simulation, embodying the very parameters they’ve chosen, while the facilitator tracks the population of zombies and humans. At the end, players see graphs detailing the population swings and can further tweak parameters and see different results through play.

This experience grew out of a collaboration between the mathematician, Angelika Manhart, and the game design studio, Gigantic Mechanic. Gigantic Mechanic was inspired by Ms. Manhart’s work creating models of biological systems. After exploring different game ideas, the group stuck upon a zombie outbreak as a fun way to physically embody a complex system and differential equations through simple gameplay.

How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? is part of ACCESS 2017, a program where artists worked with a mathematician to create museum projects that aid in the understanding of what mathematical models are and how we use them.

30 minutes sessions. Free with NYSCI admission.

Credits:
Game & experience design by Gigantic Mechanic
Content expertise by Angelika Manhart

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

Families bend, twist, light, sculpt and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations and more.

ReMake the Holidays is a response to increased consumption and waste during the holiday season and an attempt to give people inspiration and options to do things differently while having fun. Activities occur from noon – 4 pm, unless otherwise noted. Free with NYSCI admission.

Each day will focus on different recyclable materials:
December 27 – Textiles
December 28 – Paper
December 29 – Plastic
December 30 – Wood

 

Special Features and Projects

  • Daily shadow puppet-making studio and performances by Midnight Radio Show. Workshops: 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15 pm. Performances: 3:30pm.
  • Skraptacular returns with daily workshops for its 6th Anniversary with ReMake the Holidays.
  • Ice sculptor Bill Bywater is back with a melting ice cap display, sculpted out of 4 giant blocks of ice, and daily ice sculpting. Daily ice sculpting tools demonstrations at 2pm.

 

Daily Activities

 

December 27 – Textiles

Fabric with Skraptacular: Create and decorate fun objects using a bunch of really cute reused fabric scraps and other recycled materials.

Little Buddies with Maker Space: Recycle t-shirts and make a new plush friend! In this activity, visitors will practice their hand sewing using donated t-shirts and fabric to design and make themselves a new stuffed buddy.

Fuzzy Felting Balls with Little Makers: Transform colorful fluffy wool into tiny balls as you practice the craft of felting. Explore the science behind natural fibers using various tools and materials.

Embroidery with Design Lab: Bring your own gloves or use our fabric scraps to learn to draw with thread.

 

December 28 – Paper

Recycled Paper with Skraptacular: Make fun creations like buildings, toys, dolls, doll furniture and everything else your imagination can dream up.

Paper Lanterns with Maker Space: For the paper day, visitors will be able to make an individualized, glowing holiday decoration from folded paper. Makerspace visitors will be able to poke a design of their choosing into their paper, fold it up, insert a light and watch it shine

Printmaking with Design Lab: Design and print snowflake patterns.

 

December 29 – Plastic

Plastic with Skraptacular: Roll with it! Using plastic bottle caps as wheels to make pull toys, cars and other fun stuff that rolls.

Shrinky Dinks and Tiny Artwork with Maker Space: Turn recycled plastic into incredible, shrinking, works of art! In this activity, visitors will have the opportunity to design and draw original artwork on recycled plastic, and then watch it shrink when heat is applied.

Colorful Glue Sun Catchers with Little Makers: Explore light and color while experimenting with glue and transforming it into plastic. Make a sun catcher to hang in your favorite sunny spot all winter long!

Straw Creations with Design Lab: Use straws and plastic connectors to build interesting objects.

 

December 30 – Wood

Wood with Skraptacular: Come Sail Away! Using discarded wood scraps to make boats or whatever else you can dream up.

Wood Marbling with Maker Space: During this activity, visitors will be transforming recycled wood scraps into beautiful, marbled works of art. They will mix and swirl floating paint into amazing patterns, and dip their scraps creating incredible designs!

Wood Puzzles with Design Lab: Design and cute a personalized puzzle.

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

Make your own GingerBread Lane form of transportation. This year’s GingerBread Lane workshops will take you to the road, track, and water with all of the fixings to design a truly sweet car, boat or train. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy.

*$15 per project (NYSCI Members: $10 per project)

Buy Tickets

 
Participants at the November 26 workshop will make a gingerbread house. At all other workshops, participants can create a transportation-themed gingerbread structure: a car, boat or train.

Recommended for ages 4 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of two structures per customer.

Capacity is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Workshops will be held on:

  • Sunday, November 26; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 2; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 3; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 9; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 10; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 16; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 17; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 23; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Wednesday, December 27; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Thursday, December 28; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Friday, December 29; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 30; 1 pm & 3 pm

*Please note: While this workshop is about building, and not consuming, the gingerbread, icing, and candy provided, we know that it happens and that some people have food allergies. If you or your child has food allergies, please email publicprograms@nysci.org to decide if this workshop is appropriate for you.

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

In How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? players take on the role of scientists helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Facilitators introduce participants to mathematical modeling and the ways they can be used to simulate, analyze and make predictions about the complex real-world phenomenon. Players help modify the simulation by suggesting different parameters, such as the number of steps zombies can take in the Zombie Outbreak Simulator, a turn-based game of zombie tag. Then participants play through the simulation, embodying the very parameters they’ve chosen, while the facilitator tracks the population of zombies and humans. At the end, players see graphs detailing the population swings and can further tweak parameters and see different results through play.

This experience grew out of a collaboration between the mathematician, Angelika Manhart, and the game design studio, Gigantic Mechanic. Gigantic Mechanic was inspired by Ms. Manhart’s work creating models of biological systems. After exploring different game ideas, the group stuck upon a zombie outbreak as a fun way to physically embody a complex system and differential equations through simple gameplay.

How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? is part of ACCESS 2017, a program where artists worked with a mathematician to create museum projects that aid in the understanding of what mathematical models are and how we use them.

30 minutes sessions. Free with NYSCI admission.

Credits:
Game & experience design by Gigantic Mechanic
Content expertise by Angelika Manhart

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

Families bend, twist, light, sculpt and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations and more.

ReMake the Holidays is a response to increased consumption and waste during the holiday season and an attempt to give people inspiration and options to do things differently while having fun. Activities occur from noon – 4 pm, unless otherwise noted. Free with NYSCI admission.

Each day will focus on different recyclable materials:
December 27 – Textiles
December 28 – Paper
December 29 – Plastic
December 30 – Wood

 

Special Features and Projects

  • Daily shadow puppet-making studio and performances by Midnight Radio Show. Workshops: 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15 pm. Performances: 3:30pm.
  • Skraptacular returns with daily workshops for its 6th Anniversary with ReMake the Holidays.
  • Ice sculptor Bill Bywater is back with a melting ice cap display, sculpted out of 4 giant blocks of ice, and daily ice sculpting. Daily ice sculpting tools demonstrations at 2pm.

 

Daily Activities

 

December 27 – Textiles

Fabric with Skraptacular: Create and decorate fun objects using a bunch of really cute reused fabric scraps and other recycled materials.

Little Buddies with Maker Space: Recycle t-shirts and make a new plush friend! In this activity, visitors will practice their hand sewing using donated t-shirts and fabric to design and make themselves a new stuffed buddy.

Fuzzy Felting Balls with Little Makers: Transform colorful fluffy wool into tiny balls as you practice the craft of felting. Explore the science behind natural fibers using various tools and materials.

Embroidery with Design Lab: Bring your own gloves or use our fabric scraps to learn to draw with thread.

 

December 28 – Paper

Recycled Paper with Skraptacular: Make fun creations like buildings, toys, dolls, doll furniture and everything else your imagination can dream up.

Paper Lanterns with Maker Space: For the paper day, visitors will be able to make an individualized, glowing holiday decoration from folded paper. Makerspace visitors will be able to poke a design of their choosing into their paper, fold it up, insert a light and watch it shine

Printmaking with Design Lab: Design and print snowflake patterns.

 

December 29 – Plastic

Plastic with Skraptacular: Roll with it! Using plastic bottle caps as wheels to make pull toys, cars and other fun stuff that rolls.

Shrinky Dinks and Tiny Artwork with Maker Space: Turn recycled plastic into incredible, shrinking, works of art! In this activity, visitors will have the opportunity to design and draw original artwork on recycled plastic, and then watch it shrink when heat is applied.

Colorful Glue Sun Catchers with Little Makers: Explore light and color while experimenting with glue and transforming it into plastic. Make a sun catcher to hang in your favorite sunny spot all winter long!

Straw Creations with Design Lab: Use straws and plastic connectors to build interesting objects.

 

December 30 – Wood

Wood with Skraptacular: Come Sail Away! Using discarded wood scraps to make boats or whatever else you can dream up.

Wood Marbling with Maker Space: During this activity, visitors will be transforming recycled wood scraps into beautiful, marbled works of art. They will mix and swirl floating paint into amazing patterns, and dip their scraps creating incredible designs!

Wood Puzzles with Design Lab: Design and cute a personalized puzzle.

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

Make your own GingerBread Lane form of transportation. This year’s GingerBread Lane workshops will take you to the road, track, and water with all of the fixings to design a truly sweet car, boat or train. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy.

*$15 per project (NYSCI Members: $10 per project)

Buy Tickets

 
Participants at the November 26 workshop will make a gingerbread house. At all other workshops, participants can create a transportation-themed gingerbread structure: a car, boat or train.

Recommended for ages 4 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of two structures per customer.

Capacity is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Workshops will be held on:

  • Sunday, November 26; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 2; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 3; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 9; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 10; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 16; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 17; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 23; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Wednesday, December 27; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Thursday, December 28; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Friday, December 29; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 30; 1 pm & 3 pm

*Please note: While this workshop is about building, and not consuming, the gingerbread, icing, and candy provided, we know that it happens and that some people have food allergies. If you or your child has food allergies, please email publicprograms@nysci.org to decide if this workshop is appropriate for you.

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

In How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? players take on the role of scientists helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Facilitators introduce participants to mathematical modeling and the ways they can be used to simulate, analyze and make predictions about the complex real-world phenomenon. Players help modify the simulation by suggesting different parameters, such as the number of steps zombies can take in the Zombie Outbreak Simulator, a turn-based game of zombie tag. Then participants play through the simulation, embodying the very parameters they’ve chosen, while the facilitator tracks the population of zombies and humans. At the end, players see graphs detailing the population swings and can further tweak parameters and see different results through play.

This experience grew out of a collaboration between the mathematician, Angelika Manhart, and the game design studio, Gigantic Mechanic. Gigantic Mechanic was inspired by Ms. Manhart’s work creating models of biological systems. After exploring different game ideas, the group stuck upon a zombie outbreak as a fun way to physically embody a complex system and differential equations through simple gameplay.

How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? is part of ACCESS 2017, a program where artists worked with a mathematician to create museum projects that aid in the understanding of what mathematical models are and how we use them.

30 minutes sessions. Free with NYSCI admission.

Credits:
Game & experience design by Gigantic Mechanic
Content expertise by Angelika Manhart

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

Families bend, twist, light, sculpt and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations and more.

ReMake the Holidays is a response to increased consumption and waste during the holiday season and an attempt to give people inspiration and options to do things differently while having fun. Activities occur from noon – 4 pm, unless otherwise noted. Free with NYSCI admission.

Each day will focus on different recyclable materials:
December 27 – Textiles
December 28 – Paper
December 29 – Plastic
December 30 – Wood

 

Special Features and Projects

  • Daily shadow puppet-making studio and performances by Midnight Radio Show. Workshops: 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15 pm. Performances: 3:30pm.
  • Skraptacular returns with daily workshops for its 6th Anniversary with ReMake the Holidays.
  • Ice sculptor Bill Bywater is back with a melting ice cap display, sculpted out of 4 giant blocks of ice, and daily ice sculpting. Daily ice sculpting tools demonstrations at 2pm.

 

Daily Activities

 

December 27 – Textiles

Fabric with Skraptacular: Create and decorate fun objects using a bunch of really cute reused fabric scraps and other recycled materials.

Little Buddies with Maker Space: Recycle t-shirts and make a new plush friend! In this activity, visitors will practice their hand sewing using donated t-shirts and fabric to design and make themselves a new stuffed buddy.

Fuzzy Felting Balls with Little Makers: Transform colorful fluffy wool into tiny balls as you practice the craft of felting. Explore the science behind natural fibers using various tools and materials.

Embroidery with Design Lab: Bring your own gloves or use our fabric scraps to learn to draw with thread.

 

December 28 – Paper

Recycled Paper with Skraptacular: Make fun creations like buildings, toys, dolls, doll furniture and everything else your imagination can dream up.

Paper Lanterns with Maker Space: For the paper day, visitors will be able to make an individualized, glowing holiday decoration from folded paper. Makerspace visitors will be able to poke a design of their choosing into their paper, fold it up, insert a light and watch it shine

Printmaking with Design Lab: Design and print snowflake patterns.

 

December 29 – Plastic

Plastic with Skraptacular: Roll with it! Using plastic bottle caps as wheels to make pull toys, cars and other fun stuff that rolls.

Shrinky Dinks and Tiny Artwork with Maker Space: Turn recycled plastic into incredible, shrinking, works of art! In this activity, visitors will have the opportunity to design and draw original artwork on recycled plastic, and then watch it shrink when heat is applied.

Colorful Glue Sun Catchers with Little Makers: Explore light and color while experimenting with glue and transforming it into plastic. Make a sun catcher to hang in your favorite sunny spot all winter long!

Straw Creations with Design Lab: Use straws and plastic connectors to build interesting objects.

 

December 30 – Wood

Wood with Skraptacular: Come Sail Away! Using discarded wood scraps to make boats or whatever else you can dream up.

Wood Marbling with Maker Space: During this activity, visitors will be transforming recycled wood scraps into beautiful, marbled works of art. They will mix and swirl floating paint into amazing patterns, and dip their scraps creating incredible designs!

Wood Puzzles with Design Lab: Design and cute a personalized puzzle.

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

Make your own GingerBread Lane form of transportation. This year’s GingerBread Lane workshops will take you to the road, track, and water with all of the fixings to design a truly sweet car, boat or train. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy.

*$15 per project (NYSCI Members: $10 per project)

Buy Tickets

 
Participants at the November 26 workshop will make a gingerbread house. At all other workshops, participants can create a transportation-themed gingerbread structure: a car, boat or train.

Recommended for ages 4 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of two structures per customer.

Capacity is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Workshops will be held on:

  • Sunday, November 26; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 2; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 3; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 9; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 10; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 16; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 17; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 23; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Wednesday, December 27; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Thursday, December 28; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Friday, December 29; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 30; 1 pm & 3 pm

*Please note: While this workshop is about building, and not consuming, the gingerbread, icing, and candy provided, we know that it happens and that some people have food allergies. If you or your child has food allergies, please email publicprograms@nysci.org to decide if this workshop is appropriate for you.

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

Families bend, twist, light, sculpt and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations and more.

ReMake the Holidays is a response to increased consumption and waste during the holiday season and an attempt to give people inspiration and options to do things differently while having fun. Activities occur from noon – 4 pm, unless otherwise noted. Free with NYSCI admission.

Each day will focus on different recyclable materials:
December 27 – Textiles
December 28 – Paper
December 29 – Plastic
December 30 – Wood

 

Special Features and Projects

  • Daily shadow puppet-making studio and performances by Midnight Radio Show. Workshops: 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15 pm. Performances: 3:30pm.
  • Skraptacular returns with daily workshops for its 6th Anniversary with ReMake the Holidays.
  • Ice sculptor Bill Bywater is back with a melting ice cap display, sculpted out of 4 giant blocks of ice, and daily ice sculpting. Daily ice sculpting tools demonstrations at 2pm.

 

Daily Activities

 

December 27 – Textiles

Fabric with Skraptacular: Create and decorate fun objects using a bunch of really cute reused fabric scraps and other recycled materials.

Little Buddies with Maker Space: Recycle t-shirts and make a new plush friend! In this activity, visitors will practice their hand sewing using donated t-shirts and fabric to design and make themselves a new stuffed buddy.

Fuzzy Felting Balls with Little Makers: Transform colorful fluffy wool into tiny balls as you practice the craft of felting. Explore the science behind natural fibers using various tools and materials.

Embroidery with Design Lab: Bring your own gloves or use our fabric scraps to learn to draw with thread.

 

December 28 – Paper

Recycled Paper with Skraptacular: Make fun creations like buildings, toys, dolls, doll furniture and everything else your imagination can dream up.

Paper Lanterns with Maker Space: For the paper day, visitors will be able to make an individualized, glowing holiday decoration from folded paper. Makerspace visitors will be able to poke a design of their choosing into their paper, fold it up, insert a light and watch it shine

Printmaking with Design Lab: Design and print snowflake patterns.

 

December 29 – Plastic

Plastic with Skraptacular: Roll with it! Using plastic bottle caps as wheels to make pull toys, cars and other fun stuff that rolls.

Shrinky Dinks and Tiny Artwork with Maker Space: Turn recycled plastic into incredible, shrinking, works of art! In this activity, visitors will have the opportunity to design and draw original artwork on recycled plastic, and then watch it shrink when heat is applied.

Colorful Glue Sun Catchers with Little Makers: Explore light and color while experimenting with glue and transforming it into plastic. Make a sun catcher to hang in your favorite sunny spot all winter long!

Straw Creations with Design Lab: Use straws and plastic connectors to build interesting objects.

 

December 30 – Wood

Wood with Skraptacular: Come Sail Away! Using discarded wood scraps to make boats or whatever else you can dream up.

Wood Marbling with Maker Space: During this activity, visitors will be transforming recycled wood scraps into beautiful, marbled works of art. They will mix and swirl floating paint into amazing patterns, and dip their scraps creating incredible designs!

Wood Puzzles with Design Lab: Design and cute a personalized puzzle.

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

In How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? players take on the role of scientists helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Facilitators introduce participants to mathematical modeling and the ways they can be used to simulate, analyze and make predictions about the complex real-world phenomenon. Players help modify the simulation by suggesting different parameters, such as the number of steps zombies can take in the Zombie Outbreak Simulator, a turn-based game of zombie tag. Then participants play through the simulation, embodying the very parameters they’ve chosen, while the facilitator tracks the population of zombies and humans. At the end, players see graphs detailing the population swings and can further tweak parameters and see different results through play.

This experience grew out of a collaboration between the mathematician, Angelika Manhart, and the game design studio, Gigantic Mechanic. Gigantic Mechanic was inspired by Ms. Manhart’s work creating models of biological systems. After exploring different game ideas, the group stuck upon a zombie outbreak as a fun way to physically embody a complex system and differential equations through simple gameplay.

How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? is part of ACCESS 2017, a program where artists worked with a mathematician to create museum projects that aid in the understanding of what mathematical models are and how we use them.

30 minutes sessions. Free with NYSCI admission.

Credits:
Game & experience design by Gigantic Mechanic
Content expertise by Angelika Manhart

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

Learn how to use a Silhouette Cameo Cutter, a desktop robotic cutting machine. In this workshop, take your holidays to the next level by creating intricately cut pieces of paper and mylar with simple software, to create beautiful holiday cards.

Recommended for ages 6 and older.

$3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $1 per adult/child pair.)

Make It: Digital Paper Cutting will take place on the following days:

  • Saturday, December 2; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 3; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 9 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 10; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 16 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 17; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 23 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 24; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 31; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm

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

Learn how to use a Silhouette Cameo Cutter, a desktop robotic cutting machine. In this workshop, take your holidays to the next level by creating intricately cut pieces of paper and mylar with simple software, to create beautiful holiday cards.

Recommended for ages 6 and older.

$3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $1 per adult/child pair.)

Make It: Digital Paper Cutting will take place on the following days:

  • Saturday, December 2; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 3; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 9 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 10; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 16 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 17; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 23 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 24; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 31; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm

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

Make your own GingerBread Lane form of transportation. This year’s GingerBread Lane workshops will take you to the road, track, and water with all of the fixings to design a truly sweet car, boat or train. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy.

*$15 per project (NYSCI Members: $10 per project)

Buy Tickets

 
Participants at the November 26 workshop will make a gingerbread house. At all other workshops, participants can create a transportation-themed gingerbread structure: a car, boat or train.

Recommended for ages 4 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of two structures per customer.

Capacity is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Workshops will be held on:

  • Sunday, November 26; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 2; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 3; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 9; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 10; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 16; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 17; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 23; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Wednesday, December 27; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Thursday, December 28; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Friday, December 29; 1 pm & 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 30; 1 pm & 3 pm

*Please note: While this workshop is about building, and not consuming, the gingerbread, icing, and candy provided, we know that it happens and that some people have food allergies. If you or your child has food allergies, please email publicprograms@nysci.org to decide if this workshop is appropriate for you.

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

Hey everyone!

The end of the year is approaching quickly, and you know what that means! NYSCI’s ReMake the Holidays event will be held from Wednesday, December 27 to Saturday, December 30. Each of the four days will focus on a different recycled material and in Maker Space, we will be showcasing a variety of exciting activities that highlight each day’s theme. Here’s a quick preview of what you will be doing with us!

Dec. 27: Textiles
On the first day of ReMake the Holidays, textile day, we will be making Little Buddies in the Makerspace! Come use recycled t-shirts and other fabric to make a new stuffed friend, and practice your hand sewing.

 
Dec. 28: Paper
Are you looking for a great holiday gift or decoration? What could be better than a Paper Lantern? Come to Maker Space and make a personalized, glowing holiday lantern out of folded paper. We will use a tack to poke a design of our choosing into the paper, fold it, insert a light, and watch it shine!

 
Dec. 29: Plastic
On ReMake day three, plastic day, we will be making DIY Shrinky Dinks! Turn recycled plastic into amazing, shrinking, works of art. Start by designing and drawing your original artwork on recycled plastic, and then use a heat gun to make it shrink before your very eyes!

 
Dec. 30: Wood
Explore the ancient art of marbling on day four of ReMake the Holidays. We will be transforming scrap wood into beautiful, marbled works of art! Marbling is a really fun activity, we start by delicately dropping paint onto a thicker layer of liquid. Then you mix and swirl the floating paint into amazing patterns and dip the wood scraps in order to create whimsical designs!

 
There are so many different things that can be done with recyclable materials. We hope these workshops inspire you to rethink how you see materials and potential ways to recycle them. Come join us and make some beautiful decorations or gifts for the holidays while helping us reuse everyday materials in amazing ways. We hope to see you at ReMake the Holidays!

-Ana C.

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

Learn how to use a Silhouette Cameo Cutter, a desktop robotic cutting machine. In this workshop, take your holidays to the next level by creating intricately cut pieces of paper and mylar with simple software, to create beautiful holiday cards.

Recommended for ages 6 and older.

$3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $1 per adult/child pair.)

Make It: Digital Paper Cutting will take place on the following days:

  • Saturday, December 2; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 3; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 9 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 10; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 16 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 17; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Saturday, December 23 ; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 24; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, December 31; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm