Girls In Science and Engineering Day

Sunday, March 20

10:00AM - 3:00PM

Aspiring to educate, inspire, and celebrate women’s contributions in the sciences, and to showcase to young women why science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies are so exciting and important, the Museum will feature female scientists and scientific demonstrations representing a range of disciplines. Building on the Intrepid Museum’s STEM programming and programming partnerships with local New York City area science institutions, Intrepid’s education staff, and students and staff from several science institutions will lead demonstrations, activities, and experiments.

Intrepid Museum’s Education Department will lead on-going demonstrations and activities all about water and space.

  • What’s in the Water? Discover marine biology and what is living below the Intrepid in the Hudson River.
  • Be a Marine Scientist: Join the Intrepid Museum Educators to see what happens when freshwater and salt water meet and discover some of the critters that live in this special zone where freshwater and saltwater come together.
  • To Catch a Comet: Comets are fascinating and fast! With a touch of chemistry and your imagination, join the Intrepid Museum’s Educators to learn about and participate in a demonstration on how comets form in space.

Iridescent (on-going activities throughout the day): A science-education nonprofit that helps engineers, scientists and high-tech professionals bring cutting edge science, technology and engineering to high school girls, and underprivileged minority children and their families. Staff from Iridescent and students from The Cooper Union will lead activities and engineering design challenges.
  • Sailing (Build a Boat): Stop by and build your own boat! Try out different sail designs and test your boat in our “windy water channel” to discover what works best. Parents can also learn more events happening at the Science Studio in the Bronx.
  • Flight – Build a Bird (Engineering Kids Design Challenge):
    Join Iridescent and engineering students from The Cooper Union for a hands-on Engineering Kids Design Challenge! Kids and families will learn the physics behind how birds fly, and then put that learning into action by designing and building a bird glider. Test your design on our runway and then redesign your glider like an engineer to make it fly better!

NYCCSSE (on-going activities throughout the day): A part of the New York City Department of Education’s Mathematics & Science Department in Teaching & Learning, which offers opportunities for exploration, engagement, and sustained inquiry to students, educators, and the community of New York City. NYCCSSE staff will lead programming about space and aeronautics.
  • Space Goggles: There is no up and down in space!  This can be disorienting to astronauts.  Inversion goggles simulate this experience.  Come feel what it’s like to see like an astronaut.

NYIT – New York Institute of Technology (on-going and demonstrations): Deans, professors and students from NYIT will lead demonstrations and activities representing a variety of scientific fields.
  • Is there a Doctor in the House?: Come and learn how Doctors prepare for a medical emergency! Meet our robotic patient and practice your clinical skills. Listen to a heart and lungs, and see what a human airway looks like.  Examine x-rays and make your own diagnosis. This is a “hands on” session that integrates health and technology with a simulated patient, designed to teach physicians how to respond to a variety of medical emergencies.  Come and see how medicine will be taught in the future.
  • Robots: Two teams from NYIT’s engineering department will demonstrate their robot design of Stair Climbing Robot and Searching and Sorting Robot
  • Groundwater in Action: How an Aquifer Works: This is a demonstration of how an aquifer works to store, move and release groundwater. A physical model of an aquifer will be used to show pumping wells, water level changes and the spread of pollution.

Rutgers University (on-going activities): Undergraduate and graduate students will lead exciting demonstrations and experiments that focus on a range of topics such as civil, mechanical, and chemical engineering.

  • Super Duper Silly Glue: Join us as we get our hands dirty in creating the ickiest, stickiest, and most gooey slime ball! Learn about chemical engineering as we investigate how to mix household products into indestructible Super Duper Silly Glue!
  • Yummy Bridges: Did you cross a bridge to get here today? Have you ever wondered why bridges need so many criss-crossing sections? Learn about civil and food engineering as we build the world’s greatest Yummy Bridge!
  • Have a Seat!: Oh my achy feet! We know how many miles you can put in moving from the Intrepid’s bow to stern. So, use your creative engineering mind to build your own comfy seat!

Con Ed:

Smart Grid Model and Interactive Video

A smart grid combines various technologies that modernize the electric grid, including self-healing capabilities. It also allows for a two-way flow of energy and information between customers and utilities. The Smart Grid model and video explain how the smart grids work, how system reliability will be enhanced, and customers will have better information and tools to manage energy use.

Pedal-A-Watt Bicycle
The bike demonstrates the "work" required to generate mechanical energy (pedaling) to electric energy through a generator. The generator converts the mechanical energy to electric energy via magnets and rotors and lights a standard incandescent bulb. We would need 20 million New Yorkers to produce the power that one standard 500 MW power plant produces. Just a physical example to demonstrate how electricity is generated via mechanical energy conversion and how much work goes into providing electricity every time we flip the light switch!

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