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CityScience Partners with the Lowline
CityScience is excited to announce a new partnership with The Lowline, a nonprofit organization aiming to create a new underground park out of a historic trolley terminal below the streets of Lower East Side, Manhattan. The park, slated to open in 2018, will use solar technology designed to transmit natural sunlight from the world above into the space below, allowing plants, trees, and grass to grow underground.
The Lowline Lab, an educational space and working prototype of a daylighting system, is opening on October 17 and will feature the Lowline’s proposed solar technology and landscape plans, test their viability and efficacy, and offer community programming. CityScience worked with the Lowline throughout the summer on the lab’s Young Designer’s Program, designing and delivering a STEM curriculum that will empower local youth to become citizen scientists, learn more about their community, and contribute to this live experiment.
Watch the video above to learn more about the Lowline and the Young Designer’s Program, and make sure to visit the Lowline Lab when it opens on Saturday, October 17!
CityScience Students Join the Daffodil Project
This fall, more than 400 students participating in CityScience programs will plant 1,100 yellow daffodil bulbs, a volunteer event that will beautify six different New York City schools, teach students about horticulture, and contribute to an annual tradition of remembrance.
CityScience is proud to take part in New Yorkers for Parks’ Daffodil Project, which sprouted from a generous gift of one million daffodil bulbs from a Dutch bulb supplier who wanted to help in the wake of September 11, 2001. That fall, more than 10,000 volunteers planted the bulbs across the city to remember those who lost their lives. Since then, more than 100,000 students, parks and gardening groups, civic organizations, corporate volunteers, and more have planted a total of five million bulbs around New York City.
Stay tuned to hear from the students and teachers planting bulbs in their communities this Saturday. To read more about the Daffodil Project’s history or to learn how you can participate, visit the Daffodil Project website.
CityScience Meets Catchafire
At CityScience, our Young Professional’s Board (YPB) Members play a huge role in helping us to accomplish our goals. They have advised and guided us in the fields of communications, event management, accounting, graphic design and more. But some of our biggest steps forward have come from partnerships between our YPB Members and volunteers we’ve discovered through Catchafire, a service that matches nonprofits with professionals interested in donating their time and skills.
Thanks to a YPB-Catchafire partnership, CityScience now has a new, improved, professionally designed brochure (link to brochure) to call its own, cleanly featuring our mission and seasonal program offerings. YPB Member Brandon Sherman, a Salesforce expert by day and dabbler in design by night, initiated a partnership with Seattle-based graphic designer Jason Santos through Catchafire, a service that matches professionals interested in volunteering their skills with nonprofits looking for their expertise. In addition to generously donating his time and talent to CityScience, Jason applies his visual storytelling and graphic design skills to branding, product marketing, logo creation, and more (visit his Designdromat to learn more).
CityScience’s SAYA! Summer Camp
CityScience is having a busy summer so far! CityScience staffers, Matthew Patrick and Robens Bien-Aimé, spent four weeks at Ozone Park’s JHS 202 Robert H. Goddard Middle School teaching 50 students from the community-based organization SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action) about robotics, coding, and the Engineering Design Process. (You can learn more about SAYA! here.)
Students learned the Engineering Design Process and applied it to creating several remote control machines and designing their own video games with the help of Scratch, an open source, all-ages game development platform designed by the Media Lab at MIT.
Check out the students’ work in the video above!
CityScience Partners with SASF!
CityScience is proud to partner with SASF (Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation) to support their summer stem program. Specifically, CityScience will be providing STEM supplies, our STEM curriculum, and Webinar Trainings for their staff which will introduce them to the STEM content their students will be interacting with. In addition, our STEM coaches will be meet with their students and take them on two trips. The first trip will be to a landmark park (Central, Prospect, Van Cortlandt, Flushing Meadows, and Wolfes Pond), and the second trip will be to the Brooklyn Bridge. The goal of these trips is to test out the skills the students learned during the program, such as mapping and bridge building.
Summer Internship at CityScience Kicks Off!
CityScience has started their 6 week long summer internship! CityScience welcomes 12 new interns from DYCD SYEP and Ladders for Leaders. These youth range in age from 14 to 24, and come across the city from all five boroughs. Their Agencies are Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Henry Street Settlement, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, Children’s Aid Society, and Central Queens Y. These interns will help with communications, maintain our Lending Library inventory, and research projects for future STEM programs.
Prospect Park Explorations
Students from schools in Brooklyn got to see Prospect Park like they never have before. They learned that there is science all around them, even in their own neighborhood!
It’s My Park Day
It’s My Park Day is a city wide event happening throughout the spring and summer, in parks around New York City. On Sunday May 3, CityScience co- hosted It’s My Park Day, at Corlears Hook Park. There were several family friendly activities provided that taught about nature, and the engineering of the Williamsburg Bridge that stretches overhead. There were also fun volunteer opportunities to keep our park clean. It’s My Park day will continue in several parks around the city, check the schedule here to come out, have fun, and show your love for your park!
STEM Fair at IS 254
On April 10th, we had an amazing day with students from ACDP and COMPASS. There was a range of hands-on STEM activities that taught a bunch of topics like engineering, plant anatomy, and physics. These middle school students loved solving creative problems in teams. Above, in an engineering design challenge, students built bridges and towers with disks to test their problem solving skills while having a little bit of fun.
Wheat Grass Grows in Brooklyn
The PS 114 greenhouse was built in 1987, and has largely sat under-utilized for the last decade. Together with CAMBA, CityScience has been working to bring the greenhouse back to life. Garden educator, Jacqueline Roytman, founder of Snap to Grow, has a spring STEM residency planned, with a number of fast germinating plants and activities that will sprout edibles, and students’ interest in STEM. Stay tuned for the Mother’s Day Begonia project!
I can say I know how to read a map better than all my friends.Randa D. 15