Air Play Demonstration

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We live in a sea of air, yet we rarely take the time to think of how it affects our lives. Join us as we use air pressure to keep a balloon inflated without tying a knot and crush a water cooler bottle.


Design Demonstration

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We are all designers; join us in repurposing household items to build an imaginative mechanism to meet a challenge while using NYSCI's design process.




How to Make the Biggest Family Tree Ever

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We're in the midst of a revolution in family history. Thanks to the Internet and DNA, we can now make family trees with MILLIONS of people. This is the ultimate social network. My tree has 78 million people on it, including everyone from Abe Lincoln to Gwyneth Paltrow. With all these relatives, I will be holding the Global Family Reunion in June of 2015 right here at the NYSCI.


Doing Good With Drones and UAVs

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Executive Editor of Make: magazine Mike Senese will survey the various practical and beneficial ways consumer drones are being employed today: tracking endangered species, searching for missing persons, disaster area mapping and surveying, and more.


Makers and Makerspaces in Disaster Zones

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Having spent the last ten years in developing countries, I have witnessed how everyone effected by a disaster in this environment is forced to become a maker. 4.5 years ago we responded to this observation by putting in the first maker space in Haiti.


Civilian Drones: The Legal Landscape

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Drones are increasingly popular for recreation and useful purposes like cinematography, search and rescue, real estate photos, farming, and lots more. These uses have raised questions about the legal framework. Brendan Schulman, the attorney who is defending Raphael Pirker, Texas EquuSearch and others in the FAA drone cases, will present an overview and update on the current legal situation and what drone enthusiasts might expect in the future.


Making Education: Finding New Ways to Educate and Excite across All Diciplines

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The maker classroom should not be limited to STEM (or STEAM), rather it should embrace all disciplines in an attempt to produce a cross-curricular culture of investigation, imagination and creation. It is an idea, a philosophy, and a change to the current state of our education system. Through this newfound interest how the world around us works, students are excited to learn, regardless of the course. Come and find out ways you can bring the excitement of making into your classroom!



This Is Not A Test: Getting Critical About Feedback For Learning

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A massive barrier to the Maker ethos in education is the predominance of weak, limited, static, mechanical, high-stakes standardized testing. Machine-gradable multiple choice tests are a 19th century technology embedded with an outdated fixed mindset about achievement and, worse, aptitude. I'll give a quick tour of emerging alternatives, including games-as-tests, performance assessments, and measures of social and emotional learning, and we'll talk about what WE can do to make this future a reality.n


Making is Design

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SITU Studio will present the process of designing, fabricating, and installing the new 10,000 sq ft permanent exhibition space at the New York Hall of Science. Split evenly between a studio and workshop space, SITU fully integrates design and making into its practice. Design Lab is a series of five activity areas designed to host an array of STEM and project-based learning activities. Conceived of as sites to foster and promote problem ideation, tinkering, testing, and displaying results - the architecture is intended to be integral to the types of critical discovery and making that is so crucial to the design process.




Why Education Needs the Maker Movement (and What You Can Do About It)

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Making is completely transforming the way kids learn. It is engaging kids in new levels and offering exciting new models to educators. In this presentation from the Director of Programming and Innovation at Edutopia, we'll see some inspiring stories from the front lines of innovation -- how kids of all backgrounds are taking ownership over their learning, deepening their inquiry, and spreading their passion for making to others. We'll also learn some specific take-away tips for how to effectively initiate a maker program in your local school or community. n


Public Lab: Collaborative Making for a Better World

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Public Lab functions as a learning, living network of people who collaborate to make environmental research accessible and affordable. Hardware, software, datasets and environmental victories emerge from our social infrastructure for public research. We work online to build a global knowledge base for environmental investigation fueled by place-specific research conducted offline by local chapters. No finite amount of people could tackle a project this big--open source collaboration provides a way of working and making that enables everyone to grow their own capacity to act.nThis presentation will be given by a Public Lab Director.


3D Printing and Storytelling: LEO the Maker Prince

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In this talk, Carla Diana will share research, inspiration and design work from LEO the Maker Prince, the world's first 3D printing book for kids, which comes with a number of carefully designed objects that readers can download and 3D print for free. Carla will share the process and motivations behind the project, discussing physical-digital design techniques as well as what happens when you unleash new visions out into the world and allow people to download and remix them at will.


Democratizing the Internet of Things

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Our mission at littleBits is to put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone. We've built the most accessible and extensive library of modular electronics so that everyoneu2013from a professional designer to a grade school studentu2013can be creative with electronics. We believe that hardware needs to be limitless and that the Internet of Things needs to be democratized. The next billion dollar idea isn't going to come from a large corporation, it's going to come from designers, makers, educators, kids, entrepreneurs; it's going to come from you. littleBits is the platform that will enable you to prototype and build that idea.


Connected Exploration: Makers are the New Explorers of the Universe!

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Over the past few years, the Maker Movement has created a whole suite of low-cost exploration tools (drones, ROVs, satellites, sensors) that rival the expensive, commercial counterparts. Along with trends in citizen science, this is reshaping the process of science and discovery, especially in fields that can benefit from large, public participation. It's more than just garage tinkering - makers are taking their tools into the natural and physical world. It's curiosity gone wild!



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