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

A family fun festival to MAKE, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.

Background

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

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

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

About the Position

NYSCI hosts the annual World Maker Faire in partnership with Maker Media. Maker Faire began in the Bay Area in 2006. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. To honor the legacy of the 1964-65 World’s Fair where NYSCI was founded, we adopted the name World Maker Faire when we hosted our first Faire in 2010.

Maker Faire is a forward-looking gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy sharing what they can do, learning new things, and meeting new people. Maker Faire takes creativity to the masses.

World Maker Faire 2016 takes place October 1 –2. Museum admission on October 1 and 2 requires purchase of a World Maker Faire ticket. For more information visit makerfaire.com.

Special discounted early bird tickets are available through July 31. Buy your tickets now.

NYSCI members get the best deal – with an additional 30–50% off the already discounted early bird pricing. Not a member? Become one today!

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

While you’re at World Maker Faire, be sure to bring the kids to NYSCI Village. This area consists of kid-friendly activities designed by NYSCI staff, interns and partners.

This year’s NYSCI Village includes:

Non-Newtonian Rush – Can you walk across the Oobleck tub without sinking? Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid with properties of both liquids and solids. Stand still and you’ll sink, but keep moving and the oobleck will offer you a more solid footing. This activity was created by NYSCI’s Science Career Ladder, our signature education program for high school and college students.

All Charged Up! – See how small charges can make a big difference as you watch lightning being created with a Van der Graaf generator. This activity was created by NYSCI’s Science Career Ladder, our signature education program for high school and college students.

FreeFall – See if you can win a race against gravity in this activity created by NYSCI’s Science Career Ladder.

Noticing Tools™ – Create hilarious photo mashups and forced perspective scenes, animate a dance, build a 3D model, and discover the physics in your own motion, all using NYSCI’s new Noticing Tools™, a suite of iPad apps designed for kids.

Innovation Institute: From Problem to Product – Get inspired by high school students who, in only 15 months, have created innovative products to help resolve common issues and needs in the community. The students are part of NYSCI’s Innovation Institute, a program of the Alan J. Friedman Center for the Development of Young Scientists.

Cardboard Creations – See what you can tinker and make using cardboard boxes, packing peanuts and your imagination in this activity that affirms the adage that “the box is more interesting than the toy.” This activity was created by NYSCI’s Education Services Department.

Team Textiles – Explore the structure of woven and knit fabrics, and then leave your mark on this large fabric art project that will grow throughout the day. This activity was created by NYSCI’s Design Lab staff.

Roar Into STEM – Learn how to drive a robot, build a circuit, and create your own 3D printer. This activity is a collaboration between NYSCI’s Information Technology Department and The RoboTigers.

 

Pictured: A visitor to World Maker Faire 2015 experiments with a Van der Graaf generator at NYSCI Village. Photo by Andrew Kelly.

 

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

With robots that play hockey, robots that make music, and even fully functional R2-D2 robots, World Maker Faire is a robot lover’s dream.

But at 28 feet tall, Robot Resurrection demands attention from every visitor to the Faire. Made from 95 percent airplane parts, the robot’s arms and head not only move, but also emit fire. It took maker Shane Evans about seven months to create the 870-pound structure.

See Robot Resurrection and dozens of other robots at World Maker Faire.

 

Pictured: Robot Resurrection at World Maker Faire 2015. Photo by David Handschuh.

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

World Maker Faire is a family fun festival to MAKE, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.

Museum admission on September 26 and 27 requires purchase of a World Maker Faire ticket.

Tickets on Sale Now

 

Highlights include:

3D Printing Village – Filled with the latest on additive manufacturing, the 3D Printing Village is the place to be to get started as well as build on current skills, tools, products, and more.

Aerial Sports League Drone – Watch the world’s best drone pilots fight and race in the Aerial Sports League’s First Annual dSports Open. It’s the largest drone sports event ever held in New York City. Two full days of FPV racing, drone combat, freestyle and more.

Coke Zero & Mentos – The always popular, Bellagio-esque, fountains of soda from Eepybird will be back to wow the crowds. Kids-of all ages will love this live science experiment that they can also try at home.

Kids & Family Fun – There will be a wide variety of projects and hands-on activities throughout the Faire at which children and families can learn more and engage in making. Areas such as Make: Learn to Solder and the NYSCI Village are just two examples of the many opportunities at the event for kids and families.

Life Size Mousetrap – Fantastically handcrafted, this 16 piece, 50,000-lb. interactive kinetic sculpture is a giant Rube Goldberg-style contraption complete with a Vaudevillian style show!

Make: Health – This area is new to the Faire and will introduce medical advancements and home hacks for healthcare sciences and technologies using 3D printing, microelectronics, and more to give patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers expanded and personalized options.

Moat Boat Paddle Battle – Organized by the Ocean State Maker Mill from Rhode Island, the Moat Boat Paddle Battle puts 3D printing and design skills to the test. Battlers design and print their own rubber band powered paddleboat and race it against other competitors for a chance at glory.

Power Racing Series – Attendees can watch teams from around the country compete in this nationwide circuit in their self-created electric vehicles-made from kids’ ride-on vehicles as they race on unique, full-size tracks.

Power Tool Drag Racing – The “triple crown of tool racing” presented by the Cincinnati MakerSpace Hive13, this unique version of Power Tool Drag Racing arrives to the Faire with general public match races, exotic exhibition races, and the main bracket tournament competition.

Viscusi Gallery Dark Room – Another special area of the Faire where attendees can take in projects that require the dark to come to life. The Lumiphonic Creature Choir, Cubes from the Near Future, and Paint by RGB from Maker Jared Ficklin are just some of the many projects that will populate this space.

Young Makers – This entire area will be filled with innovative and inspiring projects all created by makers under the age of 18. From handmade wooden toys to 3D printed prosthetics, the Young Makers area will delight attendees with the incredible level of ingenuity and creativity that will be on display.

Learn to Solder Area – This crowd favorite offers a hands-on opportunity to get up close and personal with soldering in a safe and encouraging environment. Make your own blinky LED pin. Sponsored by Google.

Fire Organ – The Fire Organ, from Guerilla Science, is interactive, pipe-organ-meets-Rubens’-tube instrument. It provides a unique way to see, feel, and touch sounds through flames and motion – it’s beautiful to see and hear. Attendees will be able to try their hand at the Fire Organ at the Faire and see their sounds turn into flames.

Robot Resurrection – Maker Shane Evans wowed the crowds at Maker Faire Bay Area and he’ll be on hand to delight the New York audience with his work. Robot Resurrection is a towering 30-foot tall, human piloted, articulating sculpture made from 95% airplane parts. Its motions and fire effects are controlled from the torso cockpit and mobile control lets visitors manipulate the sculpture from the ground.

Mechanical Horse – Metalworks artist and designer, Adrian Landon, spent two years single-handedly designing, machining, and sculpting the Mechanical Horse. The project is a life-size, suspended, stainless steel, mechanical horse, galloping in slow motion at the push of a button. It contains over 100 bearings, custom laser-cut sprockets, 30-feet of chain, 23 articulating joints and one small electric motor.

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

For the first time ever, Eepybird will be performing their Coke Zero & Mentos Fountains show at the iconic Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The performance is free; no tickets are required.

The Coke Zero & Mentos Fountains performance is a live science experiment featuring skyrocketing geysers of Coke Zero. During the show, Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz, the two men behind Eepybird, explain how they create the Coke Zero geysers and how they direct the spray of the sugary liquid for a Bellagio Fountains-like spectacle. They even give hints and tips for trying this experiment at home.

The free show is part of the 6th annual World Maker Faire, held at NYSCI. Performances will take place at 6 pm on both Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.

 

Pictured: Eepybird performs at the Unisphere for World Maker Faire 2015. Photo by David Handschuh.

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

World Maker Faire is a family fun festival to MAKE, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.

Museum admission on September 26 and 27 requires purchase of a World Maker Faire ticket.

Tickets on Sale Now

 

Highlights include:

3D Printing Village – Filled with the latest on additive manufacturing, the 3D Printing Village is the place to be to get started as well as build on current skills, tools, products, and more.

Aerial Sports League Drone – Watch the world’s best drone pilots fight and race in the Aerial Sports League’s First Annual dSports Open. It’s the largest drone sports event ever held in New York City. Two full days of FPV racing, drone combat, freestyle and more.

Coke Zero & Mentos – The always popular, Bellagio-esque, fountains of soda from Eepybird will be back to wow the crowds. Kids-of all ages will love this live science experiment that they can also try at home.

Kids & Family Fun – There will be a wide variety of projects and hands-on activities throughout the Faire at which children and families can learn more and engage in making. Areas such as Make: Learn to Solder and the NYSCI Village are just two examples of the many opportunities at the event for kids and families.

Life Size Mousetrap – Fantastically handcrafted, this 16 piece, 50,000-lb. interactive kinetic sculpture is a giant Rube Goldberg-style contraption complete with a Vaudevillian style show!

Make: Health – This area is new to the Faire and will introduce medical advancements and home hacks for healthcare sciences and technologies using 3D printing, microelectronics, and more to give patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers expanded and personalized options.

Moat Boat Paddle Battle – Organized by the Ocean State Maker Mill from Rhode Island, the Moat Boat Paddle Battle puts 3D printing and design skills to the test. Battlers design and print their own rubber band powered paddleboat and race it against other competitors for a chance at glory.

Power Racing Series – Attendees can watch teams from around the country compete in this nationwide circuit in their self-created electric vehicles-made from kids’ ride-on vehicles as they race on unique, full-size tracks.

Power Tool Drag Racing – The “triple crown of tool racing” presented by the Cincinnati MakerSpace Hive13, this unique version of Power Tool Drag Racing arrives to the Faire with general public match races, exotic exhibition races, and the main bracket tournament competition.

Viscusi Gallery Dark Room – Another special area of the Faire where attendees can take in projects that require the dark to come to life. The Lumiphonic Creature Choir, Cubes from the Near Future, and Paint by RGB from Maker Jared Ficklin are just some of the many projects that will populate this space.

Young Makers – This entire area will be filled with innovative and inspiring projects all created by makers under the age of 18. From handmade wooden toys to 3D printed prosthetics, the Young Makers area will delight attendees with the incredible level of ingenuity and creativity that will be on display.

Learn to Solder Area – This crowd favorite offers a hands-on opportunity to get up close and personal with soldering in a safe and encouraging environment. Make your own blinky LED pin. Sponsored by Google.

Fire Organ – The Fire Organ, from Guerilla Science, is interactive, pipe-organ-meets-Rubens’-tube instrument. It provides a unique way to see, feel, and touch sounds through flames and motion – it’s beautiful to see and hear. Attendees will be able to try their hand at the Fire Organ at the Faire and see their sounds turn into flames.

Robot Resurrection – Maker Shane Evans wowed the crowds at Maker Faire Bay Area and he’ll be on hand to delight the New York audience with his work. Robot Resurrection is a towering 30-foot tall, human piloted, articulating sculpture made from 95% airplane parts. Its motions and fire effects are controlled from the torso cockpit and mobile control lets visitors manipulate the sculpture from the ground.

Mechanical Horse – Metalworks artist and designer, Adrian Landon, spent two years single-handedly designing, machining, and sculpting the Mechanical Horse. The project is a life-size, suspended, stainless steel, mechanical horse, galloping in slow motion at the push of a button. It contains over 100 bearings, custom laser-cut sprockets, 30-feet of chain, 23 articulating joints and one small electric motor.

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

Get ready for the excitement of World Maker Faire with a special pop-up event in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The pop-up features two days of FREE entry to NYSCI’s Science Playground, as well as hands-on activities, a preview of some favorite makers, and fun and educational demos. Access the pop-up via the park path located to the south of NYSCI, on 111th Street, between 49th and 50th Avenues. Free.

Design Time Demos will take place outside at 1 & 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

Join us at this special evening event to learn about the wide range of career opportunities available in the maker community and in STEM fields. You’ll hear from Dale Dougherty, founder and executive chairman of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire, as well as other local leaders in STEM fields and the world of making. The evening will be comprised of a mini career fair, activity session, panel discussion, Q&A session, and networking opportunities.
Free. RSVP required. Recommended for high school and college students.
Register Here!

 

Get Involved: STEM professionals interested in sharing their experiences with students and joining this event, or educators with student groups who want to attend this event, please contact acanova@nysci.org for more information.

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

Get ready for the excitement of World Maker Faire with a special pop-up event in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The pop-up features two days of FREE entry to NYSCI’s Science Playground, as well as hands-on activities, a preview of some favorite makers, and fun and educational demos. Access the pop-up via the park path located to the south of NYSCI, on 111th Street, between 49th and 50th Avenues. Free.

Design Time Demos will take place outside at 1 & 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

On September 20 and 21, NYSCI hosted the 5th annual World Maker Faire New York, our biggest annual event. Described as the greatest show and tell show on earth, there were over 800 exhibits, presentations, and performances by Makers and over 85,000 visitors.

This year at the SciPlay booth in NYSCI Village, we showed off two of our digital apps: GeniGames and Picture Dots.

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SciPlay GeniGames play at World Maker Faire 2014.

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SciPlay Picture Dot app testing at World Maker Faire 2014.

GeniGames, an online game that allows kids to explore genetics concepts by breeding and studying dragons, had kids of all ages at Maker Faire stop by to play. GeniGames curriculum and support material for high school Living Environment teachers, will be posted online soon.

Picture Dots is an iPad app that has been developed at NYSCI and is geared to our young learners, ages two to six. Still currently under development, it allows children to take pictures and label them with interactive dots that are assigned meaning through color, musical tones, text and sound effects. We’ll be posting updates on this app and invite families to test and help develop Picture Dots.

A special thanks to our SciPlay staff Harouna, Laura, Alyssa, Talya, Ruth, and our volunteers, Claire, Jackie, and Katie and NYSCI Explainers for their help at the booth.

Want to know what SciPlay has in the works? Stay tuned to our blog for sneak peeks and official news. Have questions? Contact us here.

 

GeniGames   PictureDots

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

Meet NYSCI Explainers and learn about some of the fun, engaging activities of NYSCI Village at World Maker Faire.

Background

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

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

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

About the Position

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The fifth-annual World Maker Faire returns September 20 – 21, 2014

A festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, World Maker Faire showcases what people are making and provides a forum to learn by sharing knowledge and experience. 600 makers will exhibit their projects in addition to performance, demonstrations and a speaker roster including authors, innovators, and leading thinkers in the Maker movement.

Open rain or shine. Requires purchase of a World Maker Faire ticket.

Hours:  Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Parking and directions below.

Information, schedule and more at makerfaire.com

World Maker Faire New York 2014 sponsors include:
Title Sponsor: Disney
Goldsmith Sponsors: Intel and RadioShack
Silversmith Sponsors: Atmel, Autodesk, Cognizant, Ford, Italian Trade Commission and NASA.

Tickets

Tickets are available NOW. Tickets will also be available on-site on September 20 and 21. NYSCI members get 50% off World Maker Faire tickets. Join or contact membership@nysci.org to get your discount code.

Admission on September 20 and 21 requires purchase of a World Maker Faire ticket. ASTC, ACM, Cool Culture, New York Pass, corporate partner memberships, online promotions, free passes and other partner passes will not be honored during World Maker Faire.

What to Expect

Hundreds of makers will present their fun and unusual creations such as rockets, robots, arts & crafts, electronics, artisanal foods, woodworking, live music, and much more!

Public Transportation

Subway

Take 7 train to 111th Street Station. Walk three blocks south.
Please Note: For the most up-to-date subway service advisories, please visit www.mta.info.

Bus

Q23 or Q58 to Corona Avenue and 108 Street.
Q48 to 111 Street and Roosevelt Avenue.

LIRR

Long Island Rail Road will be providing train service to Mets-Willets Point Station during World Maker Faire weekend. Trains will run every 30 minutes from approximately 8 am until 8 pm. For the full schedule and fares, visit mta.info.

Directions for Maker Faire Parking

From Long Island – LIE west

Exit 22 A – Grand Central Pkwy West

Take GCP west, take first exit 9P

At stop sign turn left. Drive under bridge, take right before 2nd bridge.  Lot entrance will be on the right.

 

From Long Island – Grand Central Pkwy west

Exit 9P

At stop sign turn left. Drive under bridge, take right before 2nd bridge.  Lot entrance will be on the right.

 

From Brooklyn using Belt Parkway

Belt Parkway – East to Van Wyck Expressway.

On Van Wyck, drive about 4 miles, then stay to the left at split and take Grand Central Pkwy west .

Exit 9P

At stop sign turn left. Drive under bridge, take right turn before 2nd bridge.  Lot entrance will be on the right.

 

From Brooklyn using BQE  (also use this for Manhattan coming over lower east river bridge crossings)

BQE – East to LIE East

Exit 22 E for Grand Central Pkwy West

From GCP take exit 9P

At stop sign turn left. Drive under bridge, take right before 2nd bridge.  Lot entrance will be on the right.

 

From Manhattan – Midtown Tunnel

LIE – East

Exit 22 E for Grand Central Pkwy West

From GCP take exit 9P

At stop sign turn left. Drive under bridge, take right before 2nd bridge.  Lot entrance will be on the right.

 

From Manhattan – using 59th St Bridge

59th Street Bridge (Edward Koch/Queensboro bridge)

Follow signs to LGA/JFK and LIE

Take LIE – East

Exit 22 E for Grand Central Pkwy West

From GCP take exit 9P

At stop sign turn left. Drive under bridge, take right before 2nd bridge.  Lot entrance will be on the right.

 

From RFK (Triboro) Bridge

Bronx –western areas

Manhattan Upper West Side

Manhattan Upper East side

Northern New Jersey via GW (George Washington) Bridge

Westchester County – via Saw Mill Pkwy, Major Deegan – I 87 south, and Bronx River Pkwy south.

 

After bridge, stay on Grand Central Pkwy East

Exit 9E for Northern Blvd toward 25A

Stay on service road to right, follow signs for Worlds Fair/Marina/Citi Field

At end of service road, take Shea road on right (will make almost a U turn)

Stay on Shea, go under first bridge, then turn left, follow road to left, lot is on right.

 

From Whitestone Bridge

Stay on right on Whitestone Exp

Exit 13D Northern Blvd

After light, turn right towards marina.

Turn left under the bridge to traffic light.

Turn right (Shea Road).

Stay on Shea, go under first bridge, then turn left, follow road to left, lot is on right.

 

Use Whitestone Bridge directions for:

Bronx – east side

Westchester County – (east side of county

Connecticut

Take Hutchinson River Pkwy South or I 95 South to bridge.

 

From NYSCI – 111th Street.

Go north on 111 St

Right on Roosevelt Ave

Take 2nd right, lot entrance is on the left. Or continue on Roosevelt to lot entrance on right.


 

In January 2012, NYSCI convened a conference to discuss how the practices of design, making and play can bridge formal and informal learning environments to improve science education both in and out of the classroom.
Download the report here.

 

Background

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

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

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

About the Position

Long Island Rail Road will be providing train service to Mets-Willets Point Station during World Maker Faire weekend. Trains will run every 30 minutes from approximately 8 am until 8 pm. The first eastbound trains leaves Penn Station at 8:18 am and arrives at Mets-Willets Point at 8:35 am, while the first westbound train leaves Port Washington at 8:09 am and arrives at Mets-Willets Point at 8:36 am. For the full schedule and fares, visit mta.info.

For all the details on how to get to World Maker Faire by car, train and bike, visit makerfaire.com/getting-to-maker-faire.

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

With World Maker Faire just days away, NYSCI staff are putting the final touches on their maker projects that will be exhibited at the Faire. Stop by the Faire’s NYSCI Village (located in Rocket Park) to engage in hands-on activities and to see the imaginative projects designed by our creative staff.

NYSCI Village will include:

Contraption Challenge
Think outside the box! With the help of NYSCI Explainers, turn everyday household items into ramps, twists, turns and more as you make a contraption to get a ball across the finish line.

Break It – Make It
With guidance from staff at NYSCI’s Maker Space, take electronics, toys and other items apart and transform them into new creations.

Costume Creation
With the help of Design Lab staff, kids can create costumes out of unexpected materials such as paper, plastic, coffee filters and more. They can design on mannequins, on their friends, or on themselves.

Space Pressure
NYSCI’s Explainers will approximate the low air pressure of outer space using a vacuum and then subject a marshmallow, a balloon and shaving cream to these conditions. Have fun seeing the mess that this creates!

Submerge!
Preview SUBMERGE!, NYC’s Marine Science Festival that will be held in October, and learn about local waters through marine-inspired makers. Build and race plankton, steam-powered boats and underwater robotic vehicles with Hudson River Park and OpenROV.

Floppy Windmill
View a windmill made out of foam rods created by Mike Lane, NYSCI’s director of exhibit services. When cranked, the windmill spins around on top of a 10-foot tower in a floppy fashion.

Will It Float?
Join NYSCI’s Explainers and explore why things float, sink and sometimes flink (neither float nor sink) in water. Then try to predict if the same will happen in other substances.

Explainer Stage
Grab a seat for Explainer-led science demonstrations where they’ll launch a rocket, make elephant toothpaste, design a human ball run.and more!

Forest Floor
Marvel at small sheet metal insects that light up, move and emit sounds. The insects were created by NYSCI Exhibit Technicians, Karl Szilagi and Sean Walsh.

Little (Mud) Makers
Squish, explore and make a mess with mud with staff from NYSCI’s Early Childhood Education department! Kids can make their marks on a giant mud mural, plus design and create tiny dwellings with natural materials, mud bricks, twigs and leaves.

Don Cornelius
Keep the beat with Don Cornelius, a sheet metal centipede sculpture comprised of individual units that have motors inside them to move to music. Created by Karl Szilagi from NYSCI’s Exhibit Services department.

Endgame
View a large sheet metal spider sculpture created by Karl Szilagi, a member of NYSCI’s Exhibits Services department.

Make Academy – Transform
See the results of a summer camp for 5th – 8th graders, who started spent five days this summer at NYSCI’s Maker Space bringing their ideas to fruition.

Geometric Figurative Art
Patterns are not always what we think they are, or by any means flat. View a collection of art that use India Ink on paper, then use the title of each piece to discover the artists’ intention. Created by Karl Szilagi, a member of NYSCI’s exhibits team.

Digital Game Play
Using our soon-to-be-launched Picture Dots app, kids as young as two take photos and label them with interactive dots that add color, text, music and sounds. Older kids can join in on the digital fun as well by breeding dragons using a computer-based game called GeniGames. These interactive digital games are initiatives of SciPlay, the Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science and Technology, which uses research-based strategies to figure out how to foster play and playfulness in the learning and teaching of complex scientific concepts.

Scattered Light
View artist Dick Esterle’s art piece, Scattered Light, which brings 26-foot strips of orange and pink flagging tape to NYSCI’s entrance. Created with simple and inexpensive materials, the piece exemplifies the maker spirit and opens just in time for World Maker Faire. Scattered Light is located inside NYSCI’s circular entryway.

Pop-Up Playground
Join the Movement Creative’s John Rosenberg at a pop-up playground, a portable, modular playground system that is easily reconfigured to provide unique challenges, whether you’re 5 years old or 50.

Design Lab Documentary
Watch a documentary detailing Situ Studio’s process and making of NYSCI’s newest experience, Design Lab.

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Background

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

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

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

About the Position

This year’s speaker line up has been announced for World Maker Faire. Joining the program are innovators and leaders of the maker movement as well as experienced makers who will share their trials and successes with Faire attendees. Program highlights include:
•    Dean Kamen, entrepreneur, technologist, and founder of FIRST, will give his insights on the future and importance of the maker movement.
•    Niki Werkheiser, NASA’s ‘3D Printing in Zero-G’ Project Manager, will share the ways in which 3D printing affects space exploration and why it’s so important to the future of sustainable human exploration of the universe.
•    Herbert Deutsch, musician, educator, and co-creator of the Moog synthesizer, will share stories about creating the Moog as well as give a performance.
•    Peter Hirshberg, entrepreneur and cutting-edge marketer, will enlighten attendees about how maker culture is changing cities big and small.
To see the speakers scheduled at all of the World Maker Faire stages, visit makerfaire.com/new-york-2014/schedule.

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

The 2014 World Maker Faire Program Guide is now available! Read the Program Guide for a sneak peek at some of the makers, speakers and performances you’ll find at this year’s Faire, as well as a map of the Faire grounds. Held on September 20 and 21, World Maker Faire is a festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, showcasing more than 700 makers. Buy your tickets now!

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

More on the occasion of our 50th Birthday. Yesterday, we looked at Wallace Harrison’s iconic Great Hall. Today, let’s look downstairs at what is today known as our Central Pavilion.

lower level Central Pavilion at worlds fair

The galleries were put beneath the main structure due to the soil conditions at the site.  As Harrison noted, “in order to have  stable building, we would have to take out as much weight of earth as we put back in weight of building.  This meant we had to sink the lower story into the earth to occupy the space excavated and build the entrance hall, due to limitation of space, on top of it.”

Here is the roster of exhibits that were on display inside the Hall of Science during the World’s Fair:

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Background

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

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

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

About the Position

The roster of more than 700 makers who will be at World Maker Faire on September 20 and 21 has just been announced! Popular areas of interest include personal drones, wearables, 3D printing, humanoid robots, young makers, hackerspaces and makerspaces, and much more. All makers can be found on the Maker Faire website. Highlights include:

  • Help is at Hand: Created by young maker and robotics enthusiast, Ananya Cleetus, Help is at Hand is a robotic prosthetic hand for leprosy victims that includes a 3D printed robotic hand using InMoov CAD files and a flex sensor glove that controls servos for the robotic hand using an Arduino.
  • Origami – The World’s Most Portable Laser Cutter: Red Ant Lasers presents the World’s Most Portable Laser Cutter. Prepare to have your paradigms reformed!
  • D.I. Wire: The D.I. Wire is the first desktop wire bender, a new archetype for digital fabrication, that transforms drawn curves into bent wire that can be assembled to make just about anything.
  • BOOM! The Puffing Gun and the Rise of Cereal: Puffed cereal, a breakfast staple, debuted at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, MO. The Puffing Gun is a traveling 3,200-pound, historically accurate, and custom-made cereal-puffing gun, recreated from a 1939 patent that explodes ingredients into crispy puffs. Attendees will get a kick out of watching puffed cereals being created by the puffing gun right before their eyes!
  • Plastic Storm Sculpture: Created by artist George Sabra, the Plastic Storm sculpture is a 14-foot high storm funnel made out of reclaimed plastic bottles, cups, jars, and caps which represents the massive ”storm” of plastic waste humans generate on a daily basis. This project intends to raise worldwide awareness among citizens regarding the waste and hazards of the use of plastic and its environmental impact.
  • Ototo — Make Music from Anything: Ototo is an all-in-one musical invention kit which allows users to make an instrument any way they want. It’s a synthesizer with twelve onboard touch sensitive inputs and a range of different add-on sensors to make interactive sound.
  • Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park, 3D Printed: A site to behold! Entirely 3D printed, this is a 1:13 scale replica of Coney Island’s famed Luna Park as it stood a hundred years ago, populated with 3D scanned portraits of Coney Island’s most interesting characters.
  • Paper Worlds – Transforming Books: Paper engineering artist, Natalia Draz, creates books that bend, unfold, reveal and stretch into a multiple forms. Her creations are the ultimate in pop-up books and experiential storytelling. Faire attendees will be able to see how geometric shapes change flat paper into amazing spaces and even take on making something themselves.
  • LUM: LUM is a dream for parents of small children. This smart lamp delivers an optimal and consistent sleeping pattern and environment for children by allowing kids to set the self-regulating light to their own bedtime routine and controlling it via their favorite stuffed animals. At the Faire, attendees can set up the time to see how the sleep environment is created and control the night lamp with a teddy bear.
  • ALAIR (Assisted Living Autonomous Internet Robot): From Ben Hylak, teen maker and robotics enthusiast, ALAIR is an autonomous robot that aims to help elderly people take care of themselves. This robot can take blood pressure, pulse ox, body temp, and even dispense medications. With the goal of helping baby boomers age gracefully, ALAIR can make it possible for the elderly to live independently, longer, and with good care.
  • Fashion & Light: Young maker, Annika Lo, combines art, fashion, and technology to design clothing that brings together practical comfort, interactivity and artistic expression. Faire goers will be able to see and learn from Annika’s wearable creations.
  • PicassoBot: PicassoBot is an open source drawing arm robot that can take pictures from the computer or an Android camera and sketch them on paper. USB-powered and Arduino-compatible, this robot kit is perfect for learning at all ages. The kit was developed to help teach students simple robotic concepts and use their imagination to create.
  • Your Home, Your Way: This system, created by young maker Andrew Katz, tailors home automation to each person in the house using RFID. Customizations for each family member include their favorite music, air freshener scent, lighting, and more. It’s completely open source, involving Arduino and Raspberry Pi. At the Faire, attendees will be able to interact with multiple small appliances that they can control through the system, experiencing it for themselves.
  • DIY Plant Phone Charger: NYC designers Krystal Persaud and Hirumi Nanayakkara are making nature as a power source a reality. Their DIY Plant Phone Charger allows users to charge their phone by plugging it into a vertical gardening system, potted plant, or even at a public park to juice up their electronic devices. Attendees can learn more about how the charger works and see it in action at the Faire.
  • Swap-O-Rama-Rama: Swap-O-Rama-Rama is the world’s largest clothing swap and they’ll be at World Maker Faire New York. SwapMama and her merry band of Swapping-Eco-Sewers will be hosting DIY, hands-on textile workshops and showing attendees how to re-purpose, repair, and revive garments instead of shipping them off to a landfill.
  • 3D Printing Village: Last year’s 3D Printing Village took the topic to new heights, showcasing the possibilities that abound with 3D printers. This year, the Village is back and bigger than ever with more makers showcasing the advancements, innovations, and potential of 3D printing.
  • Learn to Solder: Goldsmith Sponsor, RadioShack Corporation, will be bringing to World Maker Faire New York 2014 one of the Faire’s most favorite hands-on learning experiences, the Learn to Solder area. Participants learn to solder and make their own blinking LED rocket ship pin.

Advance tickets to World Maker Faire are on sale now.

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