At Cornell Tech, our students are on winter break for a few more days. During the down time, we've been exploring tech around the city. There are some really interesting family friendly STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) exhibits at NYC museums right now.
American Museum of Natural History: Titanosaur! The world's largest dinosaur, discovered on a farm in Patagonia, is now on display at the Museum. At 122-foot, is just a bit too long for its new home. Instead, its neck and head extend out towards the elevator banks, welcoming visitors to the “dinosaur” floor.
Museum of the Moving Image: How Cats Took Over the Internet tells the history of cats online, examining phenomena like Caturday, lolcats, cat videos, celebrity cats, and more to unearth why images and videos of the feline kind have transfixed a generation of web users.
The Museum offers a free drop-in studio sessions for visitors of all ages every Saturday. Working with Museum educators, visitors will make their own media projects inspired by the exhibition How Cats Took Over the Internet. Activities include making a cat in space animation, designing your own cat celebrity, and more.
New York Historical Society: Two great exhibits! Silicon City traces the history of technology in NYC. Using images, artifacts, interactives, and oral histories, the exhibition explores local innovations that were key to computer development, from vacuum tubes and punched cards to transistors. Every Friday evening in January and February, from 6-8 pm, parents and children learn how to code in interactive workshops during Pay-as-you-Wish Friday eveningsanimating a simple cartoon using the block coding program Scratch.
Superheroes in Gotham uses comic book art and memorabilia to tell the story of the birth of comic book superheroes in NYC; the leap of comic book superheroes from the page into radio, television, and film; and the ways comic book superheroes have inspired and influenced the work of contemporary comic book artists, cartoonists, and painters.
New York Hall of Science: In the Little Makers Studio, students and parents create projects like Little Lego Heads, built from wood, Butter Up, making and tasting delicious homemade butter flavors, and Lunar New Year Lanters, using tissue paper and LEDs to create a lantern that celebrates the Year of the Monkey. Check the calendar at http://nysci.org/events/2016-02/ to see what's going on in the Little Makers Studio!
Brooklyn Botanical Garden:First Sundays at BBG offer programs for young naturalists and their parents to explore the Garden. On Sunday, February 7 from 10-12, students make Valentine's hearts with the paper folding pros, and use Lego blocks to create a miniature Japanese garden. While you're there, check out the Discovery Garden for Kids, too!