See, hear, smell, touch, build, create, dream, test, design, make, play. It’s all in a day’s fun at NYSCI.
NYSCI Explainers showcase science and engineering based activities and demonstrations engaging with the properties of chemistry, physics, design thinking, and more right before your eyes in these interactive presentations.
Come check out visitor favorites like Cool Chemistry, Flight, and the Air Cannon. Engaging explanations combine with audience participation to make live STEM presentations an enjoyable learning experience for all.
Free with NYSCI admission.
COW’S EYE DISSECTION
Explore how our eyes work by investigating the differences and similarities between human and cow’s eyes or by following the path of light in this exciting cow’s eye dissection.
Learn how we can shrink balloons without removing the air inside and smash a solid object as if it was made of glass, in this demonstration about the phases of matter.
We live in a sea of air, yet we rarely take the time to think of how it affects our lives. Find out how air pressure can crush a water bottle or keep a balloon inflated without tying a knot.
Is it always true that what goes up must come down? See what makes hot air balloons, blimps, airplanes and rockets defy the laws of gravity in this demonstration that ends with a bang.
We are all designers, join our audience in repurposing household items to build an imaginative mechanism to meet a challenge while using NYSCI’s design process.
Demonstrating the presence of air and its effects on the environment, our trash can of science shoots a vortex of wind capable of toppling freestanding cups or blowing down anything in its path.
Watch as powerful effects of static charge make objects defy gravity. It’s hair raising!
In our workshops, we use real tools to make real things and re-use everyday materials in exciting ways. From woodworking and plaster casting to electronics and 3D printing, we encourage experimentation, open-ended exploration, and believe that making mistakes is a great way to learn.
PUBLIC WORKSHOP RUN
Fridays | 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays | 11:00am – 4:00pm
Our movie schedule varies and includes award-winning, animated feature films, in addition to our educational offerings.
Happiness Habits Lab
How are you feeling today? Have you considered that dancing a little today might improve your overall mood? A bit of dance could even make you feel … HAPPY. Come test that out with us!
The Happiness Habits Lab is a space to sample practices that have been found to increase some people’s happiness. Use the time and space we have provided to consider how these activities impact your mood and feelings, and determine if they are something you might like to add to your life.
Daily every half hour from 11:00am – 4:30pm
* Last session starts at 4:00pm
REOPENING SUMMER 2022
Rocket Park Mini Golf
Rocket Park Mini Golf reveals that the same laws of motion and gravity that guide the path of a spaceship control the motion of golf balls here on Earth. In this nine-hole miniature golf course, players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more.
Recommended for ages 6 and older.
Far from your average jungle gym, our playground is where science and fun collide.