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

Where are you viewing the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st? NYC is not in the “path of totality,” which means that we will not be able to see a total eclipse of the Sun by the Moon, but we will be able to see a partial eclipse. Please join us between 1 – 4 pm for a viewing party. We will have a variety of ways to safely view the eclipse, and you can make your own pinhole projector. We will also have eclipse glasses to share. We do not have enough glasses for everyone to have their own, so if you have glasses, please bring them or be willing to share.

 
Estimated Eclipse timeline:
1:23 pm Partial Eclipse begins: The Moon touches the Sun’s edge.
2:44 pm Maximum Eclipse: The Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.
4 pm Partial Eclipse ends: The Moon leaves the Sun’s edge.

 

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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

(Due to a heat advisory, our Catapult Launch at 1 pm is canceled.)

Get a little dirt under your finger nails and explore what it means to grow and farm in an urban setting with workshops and demonstrations. Free with NYSCI admission, unless otherwise noted.

*Activities are weather permitting.

Rocket Park Activities

  • Carnivorous Plant Workshops: (1 & 2:30 pm) Learn about carnivorous plants and the bugs they like to eat with plants supplied by Midtown Carnivores. Materials fee: $4 (Members: $2) Unfortunately, due to a smaller capacity, we cannot accommodate groups for this workshop.
  • (Canceled) Launch of Giant Catapult, Chuck: (1 pm) in the Back Field.  Watch our catapult, Chuck, toss watermelons in the air.

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 a little wet and explore the physics and engineering behind (hand made) boat propellers and how parkour can help to maneuver our bodies through any number of spaces. Free with NYSCI admission.

*Activities are weather permitting. (Due to rain Rocket Park activities will take place inside the museum.)

Rocket Park Activities

  • Physics and Engineering activities: Make and propel your own boat with a rubber band and handmade propeller.
  • Open session parkour obstacle course with The Movement Creative: Try out The Movement Creative’s obstacle course and learn the basics of Parkour, a playful platform of movement that encourages interaction between our bodies and environment, and encourages curiosity, experimentation, strength-building, self-confidence and healthy living.  All ages and levels of fitness are welcome. Sneakers/rubber soles are recommended.
  • Launch of Giant Catapult, Chuck: (1 pm) In the Back Field.  Watch our catapult, Chuck, toss watermelons in the air.

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 a little messy with some outdoor science experiments that explore how chemical reactions can launch (hand made) rockets into the air and parkour can help to maneuver our bodies through space. Free with NYSCI admission.

*Activities are weather permitting. (Today’s catapult demonstration at 1 pm & Simple Chemical Reactions will be canceled due to rain.)

Rocket Park Activities

  • Simple Chemical Reactions: Launch balloons and rockets into the air with simple chemical reactions.
  • Open session parkour obstacle course with The Movement Creative: Try out The Movement Creative’s obstacle course and learn the basics of Parkour, a playful platform of movement that encourages interaction between our bodies and environment, and encourages curiosity, experimentation, strength-building, self-confidence and healthy living.  All ages and levels of fitness are welcome. Sneakers/rubber soles are recommended.
  • Launch of Giant Catapult, Chuck: (1 pm) In the Back Field.  Watch our catapult, Chuck, toss watermelons in the air.

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 bugs, make your own Bobble Bug, or explore the science of beeswax at this one-day, annual event. You can learn about and handle a variety of bugs, including an array of insects and spiders presented by members of the New York City Entomological Society and NYSCI’s own hissing cockroaches. Meet a local beekeeper and sample some honey. Learn the difference between entomology and entomophagy, and even taste a bug!

 

 

Activities:

  • DIY Bug Observation Journals – Visitors can use recycled DVD cases to make journals for amateur entomology.
  • Make it: Wooden Bobble Bugs – Learn how to use basic woodworking tools like saws and clamps to create your own wooden Bobble Bug! Combining simple woodworking and a spring you can create a wiggling, bouncing, bobbling insect. (Sessions: 12 pm; 1:30 pm; 3 pm) 
  • Beeswax Science (2 – 4 pm) Buzz into the world of beeswax and discover exciting ways of using this natural material.
  • Observe and hold a variety of insects and arachnids with members of the NY Entomological Society
  • Learn about a wide variety of insect and arachnid species from Craig Zammiello’s stunning collection.
  • Hold and learn about NYSCI’s Hissing Cockroaches.
  • Beekeeping 101 with Tim O’Neal and his mobile hive. Learn about bees, beekeeping and taste some honey.

 

Talk:

  • 2 pm – Entomology and Entomophagy by Louis Sorkin.
    Learn about the science of entomology and the benefits of entomophagy, and join our bug tasting!

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

How can cooking and eating be more fun and healthy? Learn how to make a yummy, good-for-you snack and reimagine how food relates to energy and can be used as fuel to do more and better things this summer. Free with NYSCI admission.

Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunt: Explore NYSCI to see food as fuel and how it powers all living things.

Easy-to-make fun and delicious recipes12:30 pm and 2:30 pm

 

This event is part of our Rocket Park Recess series. Rocket Park Recess events include Monkey Spot scavenger hunts by Monkey Bar Collective, demonstrations, workshops and activities outside in Rocket Park. You’ll leave each event with new ideas about our exhibits, and how to enjoy your summer break as you eat, move and hack.

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

eat move hack health

Come to NYSCI for scavenger hunts, demonstrations, workshops and information during Rocket Park Recess. Gain a new perspective on eating, moving and hacking, as we take visitors on a tour of the museum with a different lens, supported by super fun Monkey Spot scavenger hunts by Monkey Bar Collective and activities and workshops under our Rocket Park Recess tent. You’ll leave with new ideas about our exhibits, but also how to enjoy your summer break more as you eat, move and hack for health. Free with NYSCI admission, unless otherwise noted.

 

July 22: Rocket Park Recess: Eat
How can cooking and eating be more fun and healthy? Learn how to make a yummy, good-for-you snack and reimagine how food relates to energy and can be used as fuel to do more and better things this summer. Free with NYSCI admission.

Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunt: Explore NYSCI to see food as fuel and how it powers all living things.

Easy-to-make fun and delicious recipes: 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm

 

July 29: Rocket Park Recess: Move
Learn about momentum, energy and different forms of transportation at workshops that teach different and fun ways to move and exercise. Free with NYSCI admission.

Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunt: Discover the causes and effects of movement throughout NYSCI.

Open session parkour obstacle course with The Movement Creative: Try out The Movement Creative’s obstacle course and learn the basics of Parkour, a playful platform of movement that encourages interaction between our bodies and environment, and encourages curiosity, experimentation, strength-building, self-confidence and healthy living.  All ages and levels of fitness are welcome. Sneakers/rubber soles are recommended.

 

August 5: Rocket Park Recess: Hack
To hack is to be clever and creative, and to make things your own. Meet creative hackers and learn new tools for putting your own stamp on different aspects of your life. Most activities are free with NYSCI admission.

Monkey Spot Scavenger Hunt: Use your ingenuity to see NYSCI in different ways.  

Open session parkour obstacle course with The Movement Creative: Try out The Movement Creative’s obstacle course and learn the basics of Parkour, a playful platform of movement that encourages interaction between our bodies and environment, and encourages curiosity, experimentation, strength-building, self-confidence and healthy living.  All ages and levels of fitness are welcome. Sneakers/rubber soles are recommended.

“This is What a Scientist Looks Like” with LabCandyNYSCI has invited LabCandy to Rocket Park Recess to reimagine what a scientist looks like. Founded three years ago by a Yale undergraduate, LabCandy is social venture with the mission to cultivate children’s (especially girls’) interest in science by showing them that the field has room for them. Join LabCandy CEO, Olivia Pavco-Giaccia, with her funky lab gear and lessons of kid-power, for an afternoon of colorful fun. Work with LabCandy against the nerdy STEM stereotype, and become what a scientist looks like!

12:30pmStory time with Olivia Pavco-Giaccia: Join LabCandy’s engaging CEO, as she reads from her interactivity book, “Ava and the Copper Key,” and demonstrates an experiment from the book.

1-2pm“Hack a Scientist Workshop”: Work with LabCandy and use different materials to transform a set of goggles, an essential part of the the ‘science uniform,’ that represents you and your unique style as an amateur scientist in the making. Fee: $6/$4 for members

2pm – Science Fashion Show: Workshop participants will have the opportunity to show off the goggles made during the “Hack a Scientist” workshop, while wearing some of LabCandy’s designs.

 

Rocket Park Recess 2016 Partners:

Monkey Bar Collective: Monkey Bar Collective offers a full range of content creation and production services with a specialty in media for kids. Clients have included Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Microsoft, Spin Master, and Storied Myth.

The Movement Creative: The Movement Creative is a social enterprise dedicated to positively changing the city in which we live through parkour, movement education, and design.

LabCandy: Founded three years ago by a Yale undergraduate, LabCandy is a social venture whose mission is to change the faces of science by empowering young girls in STEM.

 

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 are working in partnership with the NYC Parks Department and Alley Pond Environmental Center to offer free science activities in Alley Pond Park in Little Neck, Queens. The activities will take place on eight Sundays in May and June. Topics include pond exploration, engineering, insects and flight. Pre-registration is required for some programs.

Location: 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park)

Dates:
May 1, 8, 22 & 29
June 5, 12, 19 & 26

 

NYSCI will be providing these activities on the following dates:

May 8: Water-May

· Float Sink Design a Flink: Explore objects that float and sink and design your own object and determine whether it sinks or float.
· Water Striders: Use various materials to make an object that will float and capable of using wind power to move.
· Bubbles: Create bubbles of different sizes and colors and create your own bubble art.
· Penny Boat: Design a boat that will float the most mass without sinking.

May 29: Animal Adaptations

· Cool Craniums: Study, sort and classify the form and function of a variety of mammal skulls.
· Bug Station: View various types of bugs (including live Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches).
· Classy Classification: Classify different insects based on their characteristics and anatomy.
· Camouflage: Create an animal that will hide in its environment using camouflage.

June 12: Engineer It

· Straw Bridges: Learn about strong shapes and design a bridge to withstand a heavy mass.
· Dowel Structures: Use long dowels and rubber bands to create a structure big enough and strong enough to hold three people.
· Paper Animation: Make an optical illusion toy to take home.
· Ski Jump: Explore energy by creating a ramp that will launch a marble to hit its target.

June 26: Flight

· Rockin’ Rockets: Explore the principles of flight by designing and launching a straw rocket.
· Gliders: Redesign a favorite toy so that it can glide through the air better.
· Whirlygigs: Make a paper helicopter to test flight patterns and paper airplanes with target
· Paper Airplanes: Experiment with aerodynamics and flight while building paper airplanes that can go the distance!

 

Alley Pond Environmental Center park will be providing these activities on the following dates:

*Pre registration is required for these activities.

May 1 – The Pond: Sunlit Subspace
May 22 – Insects: Seasonal Survival
June 5 – Trees: Planted Patterns
June 19 – Birds: Feathered Flyers

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

Due to inclement weather today, Submerge NYC Marine Festival is cancelled.

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.