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CityScience Meets Catchafire: Alex Brooks and Eric Hahn

One of CityScience’s major goals is streamlining our behind-the-scenes processes so we can better serve our schools, teachers, and students. CityScience Young Professional’s Board Member Alex Brooks worked with Eric Hahn, based all the way in San Jose, California, to integrate two free services—Salesforce and Google for Education—so that we can send and receive program information and evaluations more easily.

When teachers and students take their pre- and post-evaluations on our tablets, their answers are now automatically uploaded to our Salesforce database. Thanks to this new development, we can keep better track of our progress, measure our impact, and learn, in real time, what kids think of their science classes—without having to put in hundreds of hours of data entry.


Published in General News • Published on September 25, 2015

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.

Published in Snapshots • Published on September 24, 2015

CityScience Meets Catchafire: Brandon Sherman and Jason Santos

CityScience Brochure

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).

Published in Snapshots • Published on September 14, 2015

CityScience Thanks Our SYEP Summer Interns!


Although school is out, CityScience has been working hard to prepare for the coming year with the help of our interns from the Department of Youth and Community Development’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Our interns, ages 15 to 20, are paid by the city of New York, come from all five boroughs, and are the second group of SYEP interns to help CityScience accomplish its goals. They have spent their summer aiding us in communications, maintaining our lending library by adding tags to over 400 science supply items to make them more searchable for our teachers, and researching new projects and science supplies for future STEM programs. Without their help, CityScience would be far from ready for the fall. Thank you, and good luck!

If you’re interested in becoming an intern for CityScience, please visit our Volunteer page.

Published in General News • Published on August 28, 2015

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 M.S. 202 Robert H. Goddard 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!

Published in Snapshots • Published on August 14, 2015

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.

Published in General News • Published on July 07, 2015

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.

Published in General News • Published on July 07, 2015

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!

Published in Snapshots • Published on July 01, 2015

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!

Published in • Published on May 04, 2015

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.

Published in General News • Published on April 17, 2015

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It's one thing to read about science in a book, but the light bulb goes on when kids get involved in a
hands-on project.
Michael Amoroso PS 107, Chair of the Green Committee