Student workshops meet the New York City, New York State and National Standards.
All of our student workshops can be modified to suit your curricular needs, pending prior consultation with NYSCI education staff. Custom programs can be developed for an additional one-time fee of $500. If you are interested in specialized field trips please investigate Big Science, Science Plus Days and our Extended Learning Series.
Session: 45 minutes (maximum: 32 children)
Fee: $200 per group (plus group admission fees)
Please call 718-699-0301 to schedule a workshop.
Early Childhood and Early Elementary
Music and Sound (Make Some Noise)
Float, Sink, Design a Flink
It's a Small, Small World
Reflecting on Mirrors
Elementary to Middle School
Bounce, Balance and Play
Journey into Microspace
The Eyes Have It
Float, Sink or Flink
Push, Pull, Yank and Crank
Color My World Grade
Middle to High School
Microbes in Focus
Properties of Matter, Observing, Experimenting and Tool Making: Engage science process skills (making predictions, conducting experiments, comparing, classifying and sharing findings) through exploring the properties of bubbles, discovering bubble sizes and colors, and making your own bubble blowing tools.
Vibrations: Create and explore vibrations and sound waves using our bodies, musical instruments and everyday objects, and use and oscilloscope (tool) to observe and compare sound waves.
Float, Sink, Design a Flink Grades PreK – 2
Buoyancy, Predicting, Testing, Making: Explore buoyancy and properties of different materials by testing whether everyday objects sink or float. Record your discoveries, make predictions and design and build your own creations to test.
Classy Classification Grades K – 2
Classification: Delve into the fascinating world of insects! Become an entomologist and learn how to classify different insects. This workshop provides a solid foundation for learning the principles of classification.
Mixing Color Grades K– 2
Color: Predict what will happen when mixing primary colors through a series of experiments. Make and take home decoupage artwork. This workshop relates to the light and color components of the Seeing the Light exhibition.
Cookie Caper Mystery Grades K – 2
Observation skills: Solve who stole the cookies by examining different clues that were left behind. You will compare fingerprints, footprints and use magnifying lenses to analyze residue evidence. You'll even get to take home your own magnifying lens.
Five Senses Grades K – 2
Observation skills: Learn how our five senses work together to perceive information in the world around us. Participate in hands-on activities that allow you to observe and draw conclusions about the different senses.
It's a Small, Small World Grades K – 2
Small things: See the very small through magnifying lenses and microscopes, and learn to look for tiny details. This workshop is a good introduction to classification and ties in to the Hidden Kingdoms: The World of Microbes exhibition. Take home your own magnifying lens.
Reflecting on Mirrors Grades 2 – 4
Mathematical symmetry: Enter the realm of the looking glass. Experiment with light reflection and symmetry by predicting laser bounces. Assemble your own kaleidoscope or magic box.
Bounce, Balance and Play Grades 3 – 6
Sports and physics: Test your balancing skills while you discover how balance is related to sports. Investigate the shape and composition of various balls to see what makes them bounce, fly or roll as far as they do.
Journey into Microspace Grades 3 – 5
Microbiology: Use microscopes to investigate the micro world of protozoa and algae. Prepare slides to observe and analyze the shapes and colors of microbes and how they move and feed. Investigate the mathematical relationship of field of view and magnification. Take home your own magnifying lens.
The Eyes Have It Grades 3 – 7
Human eye and illusions: Unveil the world of 3-D perception with the aid of color filters. Make your own 3-D glasses and create optical illusions.
Science Detective Grades 4 – 6
Logic and puzzles: Solve a crime using clues, fingerprints, paper chromatography and coded messages. Make your own alphabet wheel to compose and decode secret messages.
Float, Sink or Flink Grades 4 – 8
Density: Observe the properties of mass, volume, density and buoyancy in a fun activity-based lesson. Classify objects that float, sink or flink. Make a hydrometer to measure the density of various unknown liquids.
Push, Pull, Yank and Crank Grades 4 – 8
Simple machines: Define force, weight and work. Experiment with simple machines such as levers, pulleys and wheels to determine the qualitative and quantitative relationship that exists between force and work. Make your own simple machine to take home.
Decaying Science! Grades 4 – 8
Decomposition and environment: Discover the causes of decomposition. Experiment with various materials and environmental conditions and make predictions about decomposition rates. Make and take home a bottle composter.
Color My World Grades 4 – 8
Light and color: Examine the mysteries of color and light. Under unique lighting conditions, solve color mysteries and create secret messages. Make and take home your own spectroscope.
Green Chemistry Grades 5 –9
Chemistry and environment: Measure the acidity and alkalinity of different liquid samples. Discover how organisms respond to changes in their environment by participating in a group experiment.
Mineral Madness Grades 6 – 10
Mineral investigations: Sharpen observation skills while learning about minerals and how they are classified. Sort through the many properties that make up the earthly materials that surround us. Take home and grow your own crystal.
Ecosystemology Grades 6 – 10
Environmental science: Investigate the roles of both living and non-living components of a land ecosystem, such as soil, microbes, plants and water. Create a mini-biosphere (self-sustaining environment) to take back to your classroom.
Microbes in Focus Grades 6 – 10
Microbiology: Get a little closer to the microbial world with microscopes and living organisms. Find out what it means to magnify and resolve an image, how we classify living things and how to identify some of the parts and functions of single-celled organisms.
D-N-Amazing Grades 6 – 12
Genetics: Discover the shared chemistry that exists among living things. Participate in an activity demonstrating how the same units of DNA lead to the diversity of living things. Isolate and take home your own DNA.
Forensics Frenzy Grades 7 – 10
Critical thinking: Use critical thinking strategies and forensic science techniques to solve a mystery. Examine trace evidence to record and interpret data in order to formulate a conclusion. Materials are provided to continue the debate back in the classroom.
Powerful Polymers Grades 7 – 12
Molecular chemistry: Explore the molecular world of cross-linked polymers. Discover how atoms form molecules and monomers and how they link to form amazing organic and inorganic polymers. Make your own cross-linked polymer to take home.