Offered June 2015–January 2016
Puppetry is an ancient art form used by world cultures in many different styles. Get creative as you design your own exciting stick puppets and learn verbal and written storytelling techniques. Then, showcase your performance in our POP-up theatre. Come be the hero of your own adventure!
$225. Discounts are available when booking multiple outreach workshops.
Discover bubble wands, bubble prints, bubble shapes and more! Become a bubble scientist and learn more about the unique physical properties of bubbles. Find out why a bubble is round and explore bubble colors as you play and learn at three interactive stations.
Spiders, ants, and bees, oh my! Become a junior entomologist as you discover the amazing lives of insects and arachnids. Meet Laura, the Hissing Cockroach, and the rest of her friends in a very "hands-on" way. Use what you learn about insect anatomy and habits to create your own imaginary bug, complete with its own field guide!
Changes & Challenges
What kind of tools do we use to overcome specific changes and challenges in our lives? Explore some of the tools and inventions used by people with differing abilities, such as a wheelchair and a Perkins Braille typewriter. Learn how people communicate through sign language and use your sense of touch to solve our tactile puzzles.
Join us for an imaginary fishing trip on Long Island's waterways and discover the fascinating world of fish! Learn about fish habits and their habitats, the maritime industry on Long Island, and comparative anatomy. Grab a magnifying glass as you study an actual fish up close, dissect it, cook it, and then eat it!
Spirit of Invention
Put on your thinking caps as you explore our collection of early inventions. Learn about the special functions of historical inventions such as the telephone and the meat grinder, and hear about the lives of famous inventors such as George Washington Carver and Marie Curie. Use your knowledge of the technology, problem-solving skills, and creativity that go into the inventive process to create your own futuristic invention using an assortment of recycled materials.
*NEW! Up in the Air
Explore the science of flight and dream BIG as you engineer your own gliders based on your observations of various AIR-MAZING experiments! Discover milestones in the history of aviation and learn about the "Golden Age" that transformed aviation from a sport to a growing industry.
How do architects design buildings? What makes a structure stable? Discover the answers to these questions as you explore the scientific principles and physical forces behind structures such as bridges, towers, and geodesic domes. Learn why the Leaning Tower of Pisa got its name and how gravity affects the building process through our series of demonstrations. Apply building design concepts to construct a freestanding structure out of modeling clay and toothpicks.
Early American Folklore
Travel back in time to colonial America. Learn about the rich history and traditions of three diverse groups of people during colonial times: the Native Americans, European-Americans, and African-Americans. Try interactive crafts based on pottery, lettering and quilting; listen to folk music; and play traditional games, such as mancala, enjoyed by these populations during the colonial period.