Bounce, Balance and Play

Grades 3 – 6

Test your balancing skills while you discover how balance is related to sports. Observe the relationship between kinetic and potential energy. Investigate the shape and composition of various balls to see what makes them bounce, fly or roll as far as they do. Make predictions, conduct trial experiments, and collect data
 on the elasticity of various balls. Test your reaction time to improve your performance in sports activities.

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 4 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, NYS 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2
Grade 4 – NYC Unit 2 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, NYS 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4

Fee: $200 (plus group admission). Available September through June.


Microbes and Microscopes

Grades 3 – 5

Learn how to use 
a microscope to investigate the fascinating world of microorganisms. Prepare slides to observe and analyze the shapes, colors and sizes of various live microbes and how they move and feed. Explore the vital role microbes play in our ecosystem. Take home your own magnifying lens to conduct your own magnification investigations!

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 1 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, NYS 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2
Grade 4 – NYC Unit 1 4-LS1-1, NYS 4-LS1-1
Grade 5 – NYC Unit 2 5-LS1-1, NYS 5-LS1-1

Fee: $200 (plus group admission). Available September through June.


The Eyes Have It

Grades 3 – 7

Experiment with various optical illusions and learn how the brain can deceive 
the eye. Explore how the structure and function of our eyes helps us to see. Conduct investigations on depth perception, use color filters to make 3D glasses, and create your own optical illusion toy.

Grade 7 – NYC Unit 3 MS-LS1-8, NYS MS-LS1-8

Fee: $200 (plus group admission). Available September through June.


Push, Pull, Yank and Crank

Grades 4 – 8

Define force, weight and work. Experiment with simple machines such as levers, pulleys and wheels to determine the qualitative and quantitative relationship between force and work.

Grade 8 – NYC Unit 1 MS-PS2-2, NYS MS-PS2-2

Fee: $200 (plus group admission). Available September through June.


Color My World

Grades 4 – 8

Examine the mysteries of color and light by investigating the visible spectrum, color-absorption and reflection. Observe objects under unique monochromatic color filters and discover how colors can be blocked to create secret messages. Make and take home a device that utilizes diffraction grating lens to observe the spectrum.


Fee: $200 (plus group admission). Available September through June.


Hot Cities, Cool Science: Climate Change in the City

Grades 5 – 8

Test your urban planning skills and help New Yorkers prepare for the effects of a changing climate. Investigate the impacts of heavier rainfall and rising temperatures on our city, and use green infrastructure concepts to design a more resilient New York City.

Grade 5- NYC Unit 3 5-ESS3-1, NYS PE 5-ESS3-1; NYC Unit 3 5-ESS2-1, NYS 5-ESS2-1
Grade 6- NYC Unit 5 MS-ESS3-5, NYS MS-ESS3-5
Grade 7- NYC Unit 5 MS-ESS3-3, NYS MS-ESS3-3; NYC Unit 5 MS-ESS3-4, NYS MS-ESS3-4

Fee: $200 (plus group admission). Available September through June.

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