Virtual Visit Programs

Virtual Visit Demonstrations:

Bring your classroom directly in to our Science Demonstration stage to experience our exciting New York Hall of Science interactive demonstrations. 30 minutes in length and available Monday-Thursday 9:00-9:30 AM and from 2:00-5:00 PM. Fridays 9:00-9:30 AM. All times Eastern Standard Time. Cost: $75.00.Offered to public, private schools, libraries, after school programs, camps hospitals, juvenile detention education programs, and other informal learning centers.

Chemistry Demonstration
(Grades 3-12)
Marketing Description:Have you ever seen a balloon smashed into tiny pieces by a rock or someone making ice in less than thirty seconds? It sounds impossible but these are just a few examples of activities that will be seen live during the Chemistry demonstration. Students will learn about the different phases of matter as well as the relationship between temperature and the interaction of molecules.

Program DescriptionThe Chemistry Demonstration focuses on the phase changes of matter. Students will see several live experiments that will explore these different phase changes with the help of liquid nitrogen. Examples include crushing a can without using your hands, making ice in less than thirty seconds, and taking away a balloons’ elasticity.

Laser Demonstration
(Grades 4-9)
Marketing Description:Did you know that playing your favorite video game on most game consoles requires the use of a laser? Watching your favorite DVD also involves the use of a laser but what exactly is it? Students will learn about lasers and different uses of lasers in society. With the aid of several activities they will also learn about light and its properties.

Program Description:This interactive demonstration focuses on what a laser is, and how it is used in modern technology. Participants are first introduced to the differences between laser light and incandescent light. A laser light is also used to demonstrate the different properties of light. The other half of the demonstration will discuss various usages of lasers in our everyday life such as fiber optics and surgeries.

Virtual Visit Classes:

These are one-session classes, 45 minutes in length. Does include pre and post activities. Cost: $125.00. Offered to public, private schools, libraries, after school programs, camps hospitals, juvenile detention education programs, and other informal learning centers.

Sophisticated Shadows:
(Grades K-2)
Marketing Description: Experimentation: Do a little dance, have a little fun, and in the process learn all about shadows. Visit exhibits and do activities to discover what you need to make a shadow, how to change its size and learn how a shadow differs from the object that created it.

Program Description: In order to cast a shadow, three things are needed: a light source, an object to block the light, and a background for the shadow to land on. The first exhibit the students will visit, Recollections, demonstrates these three basic requirements for a shadow to be cast. At the Sophisticated Shadows exhibit, the Virtual Visit instructor will experiment with shadows, showing the students that shadows can be enlarged and reduced in size. While most people would describe a shadow’s color as either “gray” or “black” at the Colored Shadows exhibit, the idea that shadows can actually be composed of many different colors will be explored. Before visiting the last exhibit, the students will try to guess what an object is by observing its shadow. At the concluding exhibit, Professor Pulfrich’s Universe, the Virtual Visit instructor will reinforce that objects will only cast a two-dimensional shadow and that shadows are capable of movement.

Fun with Bubbles:
(Grades K-2)
Marketing Description: Exploration: Can a bubble be a shape other than a sphere? Make your own bubbles while learning what makes a bubble, why they maintain their shape, and investigate the different colors. Watch as one of our Explainers makes a gigantic bubble from the Soap Bubbles exhibit. Create your own bubble art!

Program Description: Everywhere you look, bubbles can be found in our everyday lives-bubble gum, bubbles in soda, and air bubbles in a fish tank. Before visiting the exhibits, students will blow bubbles in water to observe how long they will retain their shape before they pop. The first exhibit the students visit, Soap Film Painting, demonstrates what colors can be seen reflecting off the surface of a bubble. The students will then blow bubbles in “bubble juice” to study what shape bubbles are, as well as reinforce what colors reflect off of their surface. At the Soap Films exhibit, the Virtual Visit instructor will experiment with different shaped bubble wands, illustrating the various shapes bubbles can take. Following Soap Films, the students will attempt to make different shaped
bubbles using an assortment of bubble wands. They will find that no matter what shape they blow through, the bubbles will always take the shape of a sphere. At the concluding exhibit,Soap Bubbles, the Virtual Visit instructor will demonstrate how to make different sized bubbles.

Journey Inside The Eye
(Grades 3-6)
Marketing Description: Ever wondered what is going on behind your eye? How are you able to see color? What path does light take as it enters your eye? With the aid of a cow’s eye as well as numerous activities, students will have these and many other questions answered!

Program Description: Students will get the chance to engage in activities that will help them learn why we see color, what are cone cells, what exactly is a blind spot, and the answers to other questions that deal with your eye.
The culminating part of the program will show a live cow’s eye dissection which will help the students see how certain parts like the iris and retina really look like.

Illustrious Illusions:Secrets Revealed
(Grades 1-3)
Marketing Description:Have you ever seen an optical illusion before? What is an illusion? Which part of your five senses are affected by illusions? Investigate and explore the mystery of optical illusions and also get a chance to make illusions of your own!

Program Description:Whether it being in a magic show or a movie we have all seen some form of illusions before but, what exactly is an illusion? Students will get the chance to see several optical illusions while make their own illusions. They will also investigate how the brain and eye interact to create an illusion.

Virtual Visit Units:

These are expanded programs that include two video conferencing connections, expanded post-activity project extension, a Virtual Visit NYHOS Kit and possible web based collaboration with the NYHOS and other classes. Cost: $200.00. Offered to public, private schools, libraries, after school programs, camps hospitals, juvenile detention education programs, and other informal learning centers.

Hidden Kingdoms:
(Grades 4-9)
Marketing Description: Explore some of the smallest living things as you visit exhibits, look through microscopes and participate in a video-microscope demonstration. From inside a refrigerator to inside your nose, discover how microbes are part of your daily life!

Program Description: What is a microorganism? There are several different terms used to describe these organisms: microbe, germ, protist, protozoa, algae, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. A “microorganism” or “microbe” is any organism that is too small to see with a naked eye. This program introduces students to “Microspace” and allows them to begin to observe and classify its inhabitants. Student’s will learn that microorganisms are omnipresent, existing literally everywhere and have an enormous impact upon the environment and humanity. Through hands on exploration with microscopes (provided by NYHOS in the kit) and the New York Hall of Science’s Hidden Kingdoms microbe exhibit students can explore the world inside the microscope.

Search for Life:
(Grades 5-10)
Marketing Description: Does life exist in the galaxy? What does life need to exist? Explore and investigate how recently discovered clues on our planet given science new understanding about the kinds of life we might find as we look beyond Earth.

Program Description: Extremeophiles are microorganisms that have live and thrive in extreme conditions such as intense heat, artic waters and methane lakes. These recently discovered hardy life forms might unlock the keys to imagining life on other planets. This program allows students to study Earth environments such as Atacama Desert in Chile or deep-sea smoker vents and learn about similar environments on places like Mars and the Jupiter moon, Europa. Students will learn the requirements for life, interact with the exhibits multimedia elements and extend these ideas in our post-visit project, “Profile an Extremeophile!”

Sports Challenge:
(Grades 4-8)
Marketing Description:Why do balls bounce? How does a surfer stay on the board? Explore the science of sports through classroom activities and demonstrations of our exhibits and also learn how most sports can be related through science.

Program Description: The Sports Challenge offers students the ability to find out what science concepts link various sports together. Your students will explore science concepts such as center of gravity which deals with a persons’ balance, squash factor which explains the ability for balls to bounce and why certain balls bounce higher than others plus other concepts. Some of the classroom activities involve testing how different surfaces affect a balls bounce and how to improve your reaction time. Students will discuss all sports from baseball to even sumo-wrestling!!!

Mathematica:Beyond Numbers
(Grades 6-12)
Marketing Description: “How are we going to use the quadratic formula in our everyday lives”. I am sure we have all heard a student say this before but, what if we can show them how relevant Math is in society. Is Math only defined by numbers? How is Math related to other subjects? What professions use Math on a daily basis? Find these answers and much more!!!!!

Program Description: Math is not just defined by numbers. It also involves patterns and relationships. Math is also considered the “Mother of all sciences” and is heavily used in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Students will learn hands-on the importance of Math with an assortment of activities dealing with Topology, Probability, and Chirality just to name a few. Students will also get the opportunity to design their own game show involving Math as a post-project.

System Science: Intro to Networks
(Grades 6-12)
Marketing Description:Most people view networks as dealing only with computers and the internet but, did you know that your brain, the economy, and even gossip are examples of networks? Students will explore various networks and systems and discuss several benefits and uses for them. They will also be introduced to simple and complex networks with the help of a live colony of leaf-cutter ants.

Program Description:System Science: Intro to Networks will introduce students to networks and systems of all kinds such as social, biological, and communication networks. We will also explore the fundamental structure of a network as well as benefits and uses for several networks. Students will also learn the difference between simple and complex networks. All topics introduced are paired with interactive exhibits that will be shown live on our museum floor.

Playground Science
(Grades 3-6)
Marketing Description:Investigate the world of simple machines in our outdoor playground. See how certain simple machines come together to make some of your favorite playground exhibits such as the Archimedes Screw, Giant Lever and Giant Seesaw.

Program Description:Visit our outdoor science playground and explore the world of simple machines. See and learn how levers, pulleys, screws, and wheel and axles all help comprise your favorite playground exhibits. Students will also get a chance to create their own outdoor playground!
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