New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), located in Queens, NY, is one of our favorite field trips of all time. It’s no ordinary science museum, featuring a maker space and design studios where young minds can apply original ideas as they learn and create. That's what you'd expect from the hosts of the annual World Maker Faire, and they do not disappoint.
We had the opportunity to talk with Douglas Moore, Vice President of Digital Education Strategy and Business Development, and asked him what he thinks is most unique and exciting about NYSCI at the moment. Here's what he said:
"One of the recent and most inspiring experiences is Connected Worlds, a groundbreaking immersive experience where visitors' actions control how a massive digital environment is kept in balance. You have to experience it to believe it.
NYSCI has also recently launched an initiative to extend its impact beyond the physical museum, with a suite of playful, engaging iPad apps for creative STEM learning called Noticing Tools. They make exploring core academic content delightful and deeply engaging by putting the learner at the center of compelling design projects, even their own play. As with the exhibits and programs at NYSCI, Noticing Tools offer a very playful invitation to complex topics, a high ceiling for complexity, and a wide berth for creative applications - the perfect mix for sparking creative thinking in core academic content areas."
We can vouch for teachers' and parents' excitement about Noticing Tools. One teacher in our network, who attended World Maker Faire with us last fall, mentioned them to her superintendent and they were immediately adopted by the school district. There aren't a lot of truly quality tech products that help bring math alive through play and exploration, but NYSCI's definitely do that.
Bottom line: If you live in New York, or find yourself in this fair city, put NYSCI on your list of places to visit while you're in town. Your kids will thank you!