The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host its annual Kids Week from Monday, February 20–Saturday, February 25. During Kids Week, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in dozens of fun-filled activities, hands-on workshops, live shows, special guests and demonstrations that the whole family will enjoy.
This year, Kids Week will explore the theme of the science and art of games. Kids can explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) as they play cutting-edge digital games, design their own games, explore interactive displays, view live demonstrations and meet special guests at this week-long festival. Families will learn about the logic and imagination that goes into game design, scientific investigation and discovery as they build, tinker and play.
All Kids Week programming is free with Museum admission. See below for the full schedule of activities.
2017 KIDS WEEK PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
All week, Intrepid Museum staff will lead live demonstrations, planetarium presentations and themed Tour Guide Talks. Each day will also include “Meet the Scientist” and “Meet the Author” opportunities where kids will interact with real-life scientists and authors and talk to them one-on-one about their work and what inspired them to pursue their careers.
Dates and times are subject to change. For the most updated Kids Week schedule, please visit www.intrepidmuseum.org.
Kids Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is proudly supported by Coca-Cola.
Special events and appearances are listed below:
Monday, February 20: Kids can explore an arcade-style gaming center from Games for Change and Mouse, and Playcrafting will host a Game Zone where kids can interact with game developers and their games. Exciting activities by Dazzling Discoveries will allow kids to play and build games, FIRST will offer up-close robotics demonstrations and the Institute of Play will hold a workshop and game-building activities. The STEAM Kids Lab will offer hands-on game activities, and Robofun will host an LED maze activity that kids can take home. Families can compete to create a complex machine using ordinary items that performs a simple task with the Rube Goldberg Speed Building Challenge, as well as learn about our home planet, our solar system, the universe beyond and the spacecraft exploring them with NASA’s Eyes. Author Deborah Heiligman will do readings and signings of her book, The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos, and Linda Liukas, author of Hello, Ruby: Adventures in Coding, will be on hand to teach kids her whimsical and playful approach to coding.
*Meet the Scientist: Computational scientists Andrea Derdzinski and Sarah Pearson: See computer simulations of galaxies forming and black holes colliding, and learn how the simulations are created.
Tuesday, February 21: Tuesday’s events include activities, workshops and presentations by Dazzling Discoveries, Rube Goldberg and NASA’s Eyes. Mad Science will take the stage with a giant chess board for a larger than life chess lesson, and the Gazillion Bubble Show will dazzle the audience with a live performance. The Museum of Interesting Things will be on hand with vintage toys and games, and the animated PBS children’s show Space Racers will be screened in the Museum’s Lutnick Theater. Author Alexandra Siy will do readings and signings of her book, Footprints on the Moon.
*Meet the Scientist: Astrophysicist Steven Mohammed: Learn about the constellations and how the Milky Way is changing.
Wednesday, February 22: Workshops, performances and presentations by Mad Science, Dazzling Discoveries, STEAM Kids Lab, Museum of Interesting Things, as well as model rocket-building games from the CUNYSAT-1 Lab. Exciting live animal demonstrations will take place by zoologist Jarod Miller focusing on how animals play, featuring a kangaroo, a bird of prey and more!
*Meet the Scientist: Planetary scientist Marina Gemma: Learn about the chemical composition of carbonaceous chondrite meteorites and the chemical and physical processes of the early solar system.
Thursday, February 23: Thursday is filled with workshops, live demonstrations and presentations by Dazzling Discoveries, NASA’s Eyes, and zoologist Jarod Miller with his exciting live animals. Kids can play spaceflight games and learn how gaming skills can be applied to real-life scientific investigation with Twitch.tv. Gigantic Mechanic will have parents and kids working together in their wacky, fast-paced live-action role playing game Short Order. NASA spacewalk flight controller and lead trainer Allison Bollinger will be on hand with a presentation and interactive workshops where kids can build their own space station.
*Meet the Scientist: Astrophysicist Tjitske Starkenburg: Learn how galaxies grow and evolve through interactions, collisions and mergers.
Friday, February 24: Activities, live demonstrations and presentations will be offered throughout the day from Mad Science, Dazzling Discoveries, STEAM Kids Lab, Rube Goldberg, NASA’s Eyes, Playcrafting and Twitch.tv. The Columbia Space Initiative will be on hand to explain the “training games” that astronauts perform in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab to get ready for space missions, and the Society of Women Engineers will introduce kids to the basics of pendulum and harmonic motion through a painting activity. Kids can learn how scientists are using virtual reality technology to investigate Mars with Victor Luo of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and NASA spacewalk flight controller and lead trainer Allison Bollinger will be on hand with interactive workshops where kids can build their own space station.
There will also be two special presentations with Allison Bollinger and former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, who will take the stage for a conversation about what happens when things do not go according to plan during a spacewalk. Drawing from their own experience troubleshooting spacewalk glitches from the ground and in orbit, they will present a fun, anecdotal take on problem solving.
*Meet the Scientist: Astrophysicist Aleksey Generozov: In the crowded centers of galaxies, stars are constantly bumped around. Some unlucky ones are even dismembered! Learn about the mysteries of this process and what it would look like to an observer.
Saturday, February 25: The final day of Kids Week offers workshops, live demos and presentations from Dazzling Discoveries, Rube Goldberg, NASA’s Eyes, Playcrafting, and Twitch.tv. The STEAM Kids Lab will offer workshops on unplugged games along with board game-making. Author Karen C. Fox will do readings and signings of her book, Older Than the Stars. NASA spacewalk flight controller and lead trainer Allison Bollinger will be on hand with interactive workshops where kids can build their own space station, and she will join former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino on the stage for two lively conversations about creative thinking and problem solving during a spacewalk.
*Meet the Scientist: Astrophysicist ChangHoon Hahn: Telescopes like the Sloan Digital Sky Survey have mapped out the stars and galaxies in the universe. Learn how they help us understand the universe’s beginnings and its evolution.
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