Wednesday, May 28, 2008

World Science Festival

Be sure to check out the exciting events taking place in May at the World Science Festival! Bring the kids to the WSF Street Fair on Saturday, May 31, from 10:00am-6:00pm.

"The World Science Festival takes to the streets with a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows that will entertain and inspire. Come and join us in the streets around Washington Square - it's fun, it's science, and it's free! Share a laugh with Lucky the Dinosaur, the giant and lovable audio-animatronic creation from Walt Disney Imagineering. Then, travel to the Gobi desert and reconstruct the lives of real dinosaurs in the American Museum of Natural History's Paleontology of Dinosaurs Movable Museum. If that makes you ready for some excavating of your own, get your hands dirty doing horticulture with the New York Botanical Garden! Chat with Miss Frizzle and hop on Scholastic's Magic School Bus to explore science the Frizz way. And meet other favorite science TV characters: The members of the CyberSquad from Thirteen/WNET's CyberChase invite you to their virtual world. Then there's Snook, from PBS's "It's a Big Big World", a tree sloth who's always up for a scientific expedition. And did we mention that The Zula Patrol will be there, as well? Meet Clifford, the Big Red Dog, and if you don't quite know what to say to him - Word Girl to the rescue! Get your hands on science: play with electricity (safely!), check out a Segway, and dissect an owl pellet. All this and much more is brought to you by Liberty Science Center, the New York Hall of Science, and the Franklin Institute Science Museum. Then, let The Daily Planet from the Canadian Discovery Channel take you on an exploration of invisibility! And for a break, take a look at the cool robots from the New York/New Jersey FIRST robotics program, and meet the student teams who created them! And that's just the start: explore the Physics of Sports with Dr. Penny Hammrich, watch Mad Science present bubbling potions and phreaky physics, listen to the Science Rapper, and get a makeover from the Cosmic Face Painters! Meet Carmelo, the Science Fellow, and Kenny the Kidney - and be on the look-out for surprise celebrity cameos. Take in the Gazillion Bubbles Show, let yourself be amazed by the Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin, and watch out for the Science Fun Squad improv troupe.

In our Author's Corner, experience engaging presentations by Lucy Hawking ("George's Secret Key to the Universe"), Lynn Brunelle ("Pop Bottle Science"), Saul Griffith and Nick Dragotta ("Howtoons")! All action at the street fair is covered by The Scholastic Kids Press Corps.

Venue: The Street Fair will take place in the NYU campus area on and around Washington Square. More information and a map to follow soon!"

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