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

It’s harvest time! Smash and stir fruits into a yummy batch of homemade jam.

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

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

This workshop gets two thumbs up, literally! Learn about the art of molding and casting while you make exact replicas of your most important digit, your thumb. Then turn those plaster thumbs into thumb thumbtacks, and experiment with hot glue casting as well. Recommended for ages 6 and older. $3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $1 per adult/child pair.)

This workshop will be held on the following dates:

November 4 & 5, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm
November 11 & 12, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm
November 18 & 19, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm

*Allergy warning: This program uses alginate, an algae-based molding compound. If you have a shellfish allergy, this may cause an allergic reaction. Please let the facilitators know if you have an allergy.

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

Explore the museum’s exhibits through the eyes of scientists. Ask questions, collect data, uncover patterns, and design and create your very own exhibit.

Recommended for children ages 5 – 8 years old and their families.

Thursdays, October 5 – November 16, 2017, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Light dinner will be provided after each workshop.
Participation in all seven workshops is required.

To register and for more information, call 718-683-9366 or email
dmeza@nysci.org. Preregistration is required.

 
Here’s a look at our last Museum Makers workshop:
Museum Makers 2017

 

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1614663.

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

We have been playing around with linkages the last few weeks in Maker Space, and have gotten a few questions from families about how they could make their own. It turns out that linkages are a wonderful activity for tinkering at home because they are so easy to make with simple, easily accessible materials.

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The first thing you will need is cardboard, as much as you can get. We recommend re-using cardboard boxes from online purchases or pizza deliveries. Then you will need to get a few tools: a box cutter (a grown up to lend a hand), something to cut on like a cutting mat (or even another piece of cardboard), a ruler and pencil.

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Measure out 1.25 inch strips on your cardboard and start cutting! Your strips dont have to be perfect, so just focus on using that box cutter correctly (cut across from yourself, not towards!).

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As a side note, cardboard has corrugation (those waves between the top and bottom of the cardboard sheet) and we have found that our cardboard linkages are stronger when we cut down with the waves instead of across them. You do not have to cut with the corrugation though!  Your linkages will work fine either way you make them.

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Then you are going to want to punch some holes in your strips. Generally, we just punch the holes where and when we need them, but you can pre-punch holes if you are working with younger makers. Don’t worry about making the holes uniform or evenly spaced, we actually think linkages look better when they are asymmetrical. To create the holes we use an awl, but really any sharp pointy object will work, like a sharpened pencil, a screwdriver, or a cheap pen. To punch the holes safely we put a piece of foam underneath the cardboard so kids don’t have to worry about poking their hands or the tables. You could also use sponges or big stiff bristled brushes.

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The last piece of the puzzle is brass fasteners or brads. You can buy these online, or from any office supply, art, or stationary store in a variety of sizes. We recommend 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, or 1 inch.

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Now we are ready to create some linkages! To start making the simplest linkage, an “X”, put a brass fastener through the holes in two cardboard strips and fold the legs out to secure it in place. Repeat this two more times and then connect your X’s end to end. Moving the first two links will cause a chain reaction causing all the other links to move too!

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After that try and experiment with squares, and asymmetrical linkages. By adding some simple crafting supplies like scissors, markers, colorful paper, and tape you can create fun mechanical toys ranging from grabber-arms to beautiful butterflies.

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For more inspiration check out the Tinkering Studio and the Moving Toys Workshop.

 

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

This workshop gets two thumbs up, literally! Learn about the art of molding and casting while you make exact replicas of your most important digit, your thumb. Then turn those plaster thumbs into thumb thumbtacks, and experiment with hot glue casting as well. Recommended for ages 6 and older. $3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $1 per adult/child pair.)

This workshop will be held on the following dates:

November 4 & 5, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm
November 11 & 12, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm
November 18 & 19, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm

*Allergy warning: This program uses alginate, an algae-based molding compound. If you have a shellfish allergy, this may cause an allergic reaction. Please let the facilitators know if you have an allergy.

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

Once upon a time … listen to beloved fairy tales and apply science, technology, engineering and math skills to reimagine the story’s ending.

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

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

This workshop gets two thumbs up, literally! Learn about the art of molding and casting while you make exact replicas of your most important digit, your thumb. Then turn those plaster thumbs into thumb thumbtacks, and experiment with hot glue casting as well. Recommended for ages 6 and older. $3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $1 per adult/child pair.)

This workshop will be held on the following dates:

November 4 & 5, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm
November 11 & 12, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm
November 18 & 19, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm

*Allergy warning: This program uses alginate, an algae-based molding compound. If you have a shellfish allergy, this may cause an allergic reaction. Please let the facilitators know if you have an allergy.

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

Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Free with NYSCI admission.

 

GingerBread Lane Giveaway

On January 15, take home a piece of GingerBread Lane. Gingerbread houses from the exhibit will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis until every piece of GingerBread Lane is gone. Please bring a box or bag (flat-bottomed shopping bags or paper grocery bags work best) to carry your gingerbread loot home.

No Gingerbread Lane houses will be distributed without a bag or box, so make sure you bring yours along! Houses range in size from 20 inches (wide) by 15 inches (deep) by 30 inches (high) to 4 inches (wide) by 4 inches (deep) by 12 inches (high).

Giveaway is from 2 – 5 pm; line starts at 1 pm.

Free with NYSCI admission.

 

GingerBread Lane 2017 Workshops

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 kit, plus NYSCI admission.

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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

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

Explore the museum’s exhibits through the eyes of scientists. Ask questions, collect data, uncover patterns, and design and create your very own exhibit.

Recommended for children ages 5 – 8 years old and their families.

Thursdays, October 5 – November 16, 2017, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Light dinner will be provided after each workshop.
Participation in all seven workshops is required.

To register and for more information, call 718-683-9366 or email
dmeza@nysci.org. Preregistration is required.

 
Here’s a look at our last Museum Makers workshop:
Museum Makers 2017

 

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1614663.

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

This workshop gets two thumbs up, literally! Learn about the art of molding and casting while you make exact replicas of your most important digit, your thumb. Then turn those plaster thumbs into thumb thumbtacks, and experiment with hot glue casting as well. Recommended for ages 6 and older. $3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $1 per adult/child pair.)

This workshop will be held on the following dates:

November 4 & 5, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm
November 11 & 12, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm
November 18 & 19, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm

*Allergy warning: This program uses alginate, an algae-based molding compound. If you have a shellfish allergy, this may cause an allergic reaction. Please let the facilitators know if you have an allergy.

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

Hold it, mold it, squeeze it, pour it! Mix simple household ingredients to make a batch of moldable sand.

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

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

This workshop gets two thumbs up, literally! Learn about the art of molding and casting while you make exact replicas of your most important digit, your thumb. Then turn those plaster thumbs into thumb thumbtacks, and experiment with hot glue casting as well. Recommended for ages 6 and older. $3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $1 per adult/child pair.)

This workshop will be held on the following dates:

November 4 & 5, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm
November 11 & 12, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm
November 18 & 19, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 3 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 5:30 pm

*Allergy warning: This program uses alginate, an algae-based molding compound. If you have a shellfish allergy, this may cause an allergic reaction. Please let the facilitators know if you have an allergy.

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

Explore the museum’s exhibits through the eyes of scientists. Ask questions, collect data, uncover patterns, and design and create your very own exhibit.

Recommended for children ages 5 – 8 years old and their families.

Thursdays, October 5 – November 16, 2017, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Light dinner will be provided after each workshop.
Participation in all seven workshops is required.

To register and for more information, call 718-683-9366 or email
dmeza@nysci.org. Preregistration is required.

 
Here’s a look at our last Museum Makers workshop:
Museum Makers 2017

 

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1614663.

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

We’ve been experimenting with zip line racers in the Maker Space this week, trying out different body size configurations, wings, flaps and rubber bands. To conserve materials (yay environment!) we kept this a make and take-apart program, but we’ve had lots of “how-to” requests from visitors and since we aim to please. Just a note, this activity was inspired by the fine work of Lance from the Young Engineers Workshop. You can learn more on instructables, as well as check out his other great projects.

First, you’ll need to gather your materials. The “standard” zip line racer body that Lance designed uses five popsicle sticks, but you can add more or try less as you get comfortable with designing. You’ll also need a rubber band powered propeller which you can easily find online and in hobby shops, 1 paper clip (the kind without the notches in them), 2 small or medium binder clips, a rubber band, masking tape, hot glue, some paper or cardstock and cord for the zip line (we used nylon but fishing line or any other monofilament type cord will do).

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Materials:
  • Popsicle sticks (as few as 3 would work, these instructions use 5)
  • Rubber band powered propeller
  • 2 small or medium binder clips
  • 1 Paper clip
  • Rubber Band
  • Hot Glue
  • Tape
  • Scrap Paper
  • Cord for the zip line (we used about 20 feet)

You’ll want to start by making the body of your zip line racer. Lay out two popsicle sticks end to end on a protected work surface.

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Apply a strip of hot glue down the length of the third popsicle stick and center it as best you can on the two sticks on the table. This will make sure your body is nice and strong and can withstand the torque from the rubber band.

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Next you need to partially unfold the paper clip. The easiest way to do this is to hold the big part between your thumb and index finger on one hand, and pinch the little inside part with your thumb and index finger on the other and pull down slightly until you’ve made an “L” shape out of the bend.

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Add some glue to one end of your racer’s body and place one half of the paper clip firmly on top of it. Add another dab of glue over the metal, just to make sure it’s really secure. This will be the hook that holds your rubber band taught.

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While that’s drying add a small dot of hot glue to either side of the center support stick. This is where you’ll glue your racer uprights.

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Place one popsicle stick on each glue dot, trying to keep them as straight as possible (you want them perpendicular to the body).

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After all the hot glue is dry you need to apply some masking tape to the paper clip/hot glue joint. This keeps the paper clip secure and stops the rubber band from ripping the hook off the end of your racer. A small three inch piece will do. Just wrap it around your paperclip and the popsicle stick, making sure not to accidentally tape the paperclip closed.

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Next, you need to add the propeller and the rubberband. Attach the propeller at the end opposite the paper clip, making sure the little metal loop is hanging down away from the uprights.

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Hook your rubber band on the propeller and stretch it back to the paperclip hook and attach it there as well. You’re almost done!

Finally, you’re going to need some drag in order to get your racer going. Use your piece of paper to create wings or some interesting shape (give it some flair!) or, just cut it into a rectangle like I did. Span it between the two uprights and tape it on.

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Add the two small binder clips to the tops of the uprights, these will be the “hooks” that grab on to the line.

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You’re now ready to race!

Place your zip line somewhere high enough that it’s relatively safely out of the way, but low enough that you can still reach it (even if that means you’re using a stepstool). You want your line to be tight so your racer doesn’t have to fight the slack. Ours is about twenty feet long but you can make yours as long as you’d like.

To get your racer to fly you need to wind up the band. With the propeller facing you, wind it clockwise (to the right) until you have a double coil on the band. You can see the difference between a single and double coil in the images below.

 
Single Coil
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Double Coil
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Hang your racer on the line using the two binder clips. You’ll want to hold the propeller with one hand while you open the clips over the line and clip them onto the uprights.

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Give it a little slide to make sure your racer is hanging freely. When you’re ready to race, hold it by the propeller between your thumb and index finger. Then, just open up your fingers (without pulling down on the racer) and watch it fly!

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Now that you know the basics you can experiment with different body sizes, rubber bands, wing/drag configurations and anything else you can really think of.

We hung two zip lines (one over the other) to set up a race track type environment. In order to keep this fair, the lines need to be at the same angle, and the racers have to be started evenly. Build one with a friend or a family member and see whose goes further or faster!

 

Other challenges to try

Add a load! Create a device to carry a load (a basket or a tray, or even just a seat) and add someone/thing to go along for the ride. I’m partial to plastic dinosaurs, but you can be as creative as you like with this. Can your racer carry its passenger to the other end safely? Will it have enough momentum? Try it out and see!

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Try putting your zip line at an angle and see what type of racer is able to go the highest. (Note: this will be much harder to do if you’re using fishing line as the friction between the clips and the line will be next to nil and the racers will want to slide back down. Hooray for gravity!)

Try smaller and larger racer bodies and see what works best.

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Reverse engineer! Try a racer with the propeller in back instead of in front. Does this make a difference? How would you have to change your design to make this work as well as the front facing propeller?

Check out what our visitors have made on our Instagram @makerspace and add your creations too! Let us know if you come up with any other creative challenges and keep making!

Until next time, happy flying!

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– Annalise

 

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

Join us in Maker Space where we will be running a costume creation workshop using an array of tools and fun materials at your disposal. Our trained staff of Halloween Engineers (Halloweengineers for short) will be on hand to help you make, sew and glue. They can also advise on next steps you can do at home (or at school) to create the costume of your dreams or nightmares. $5 per child, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $3 per child.)

Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Buy Tickets

This workshop will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, October 7; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, October 8; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, October 14; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, October 21; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, October 28; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, October 29; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm

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

Mix simple household ingredients to make slippery sensory slime. Discover new and exciting ways to play with this non-Newtonian fluid – freeze it and even make it glow in the dark!

Recommended for children ages 18 months and older. 

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.

Buy Tickets

 

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

Join us in Maker Space where we will be running a costume creation workshop using an array of tools and fun materials at your disposal. Our trained staff of Halloween Engineers (Halloweengineers for short) will be on hand to help you make, sew and glue. They can also advise on next steps you can do at home (or at school) to create the costume of your dreams or nightmares. $5 per child, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: $3 per child.)

Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Buy Tickets

This workshop will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, October 7; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, October 8; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, October 14; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, October 21; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, October 28; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, October 29; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm

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

Explore the museum’s exhibits through the eyes of scientists. Ask questions, collect data, uncover patterns, and design and create your very own exhibit.

Recommended for children ages 5 – 8 years old and their families.

Thursdays, October 5 – November 16, 2017, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Light dinner will be provided after each workshop.
Participation in all seven workshops is required.

To register and for more information, call 718-683-9366 or email
dmeza@nysci.org. Preregistration is required.

 
Here’s a look at our last Museum Makers workshop:
Museum Makers 2017

 

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1614663.

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

Join us in Maker Space where we will be running a costume creation workshop using an array of tools and fun materials at your disposal. Our trained staff of Halloween Engineers (Halloweengineers for short) will be on hand to help you make, sew and glue. They can also advise on next steps you can do at home (or at school) to create the costume of your dreams or nightmares.

Recommended for ages 5 and older.
 
Buy Tickets

 
This workshop will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, October 7; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, October 8; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, October 14; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, October 15; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, October 21; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, October 22; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Saturday, October 28; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm
Sunday, October 29; 1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm

 
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

Build, explore and create with tinkering activities at this free workshop.

Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Two workshop sessions:
1:30 – 3 pm & 3:30 – 5 pm

Free with NYSCI admission.

 

Maker Space is made possible thanks to an investment by Cognizant; through its Making the Future education initiative.