Friday, December 5, 2014

Happy Holidays

The school year has been going super well and I have met so many wonderful new students! I’ve taken our science mobile out to teach classes at schools and been pleased to have lots of wonderful students come visit us at the museum.  I’ve enjoyed teaching classes about volcanoes, boats, navigation, forensics, and of course all of our scaly, slimy, and furry friends!

I was also able to sleepover at the museum recently with a wonderful group of girl scouts.  We learned all about science outside the laboratory while exploring chemical reactions that happen all the time in your home.  We went on a nice night hike where we saw a cute little bunny munchin’ on some grass and then warmed up by the campfire with some yummy s’more’s!

Now, It’s time to get ready for the holidays and here at SMLI. We have tons of fun activities to keep you active and engaged during your holiday break.  With holiday workshops like “Detectives on the Case, Construction Junction, Winter Wonderland, Out of this World, Edible Science, and the “Incredible Human Machine” coming up…who needs TV (or even video games)! I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

Stay Warm,


Friday, November 21, 2014

Come Dissect a Frog!

When people find out that I am a biology teacher, the one question I have gotten more than any other is have you ever done a frog dissection (frog  Of course I have, it is one of my favorite topics to teach.  It is a unique experience that people always seem to remember vividly.  I particularly enjoy seeing the look on kids faces when they find out they are going to dissect frogs.  For most, it is a look of excitement, but there are always a few kids who are nervous at the idea but most of the time, they come around.  For the school that came into the Science Museum of Long Island this week, they couldn’t have been happier to dissect the frogs and went away with a great experience.

Our afterschool programs are a great way to give your child a similar experience.  In December, there are some exciting programs including Fur, Scales, Snouts, and Tails for kindergarten, Wiggly Wonders for 1st and 2nd grade, Exploring the Earth for 3rd and 4th, and Advanced Forensics for 5th and up.  These are sure to be exciting programs so don’t miss out.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Outreach Programs

Anyone who is familiar with the Science Museum knows we do programs here for schools, after school workshops, birthday parties, holiday programs and scout badges.  A lot of people are surprised to learn that we do programs off site as well.

Over the last few years we have really expanded where we go with our classes.  I personally enjoy getting to bring science to groups of students who may not have gotten the chance to see and learn all the exciting lessons we do if not for our outreach programs. 

We do after school programs at the Sid Jacobson JCC, Guggenheim JCC, Roslyn and even school districts further away like Baldwin and Oceanside.  Of course we are always looking to bring our science classes to new places and districts.

With my class this session at the Guggenheim JCC after school we have covered exciting topics like Kitchen Chemistry, Reptiles and Slime, Goo and Ooze.  I think one of their favorite lessons so far was about air since each child got to take a turn riding on our homemade Hovercraft.  The children seem to really enjoy science being able to come to them. 

We know there are many districts and nursery schools that are not able to get bussing to come here.  So instead, we go off site and bring our lessons to them during the day.  In my nine years at the Science Museum, I have seen teachers travel to schools in Queens to all the way out to eastern Suffolk County.  We have even made treks to Manhattan, the Bronx and Eastchester just to make sure children all around the area would be able to experience the fun, hands on science we have to offer. 
Take a look around your neighborhood.  You may see our Science Museum van driving around town or pulling up to a school near you.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Summer in November?

Now that the building has been de-spookified, we teachers here at SMLI have been busy prepping for one of our busier times of the year. Our November board is packed with school field trips, scout overnights, holiday programs and more.  But, amongst all of that, we’ve also been taking lots of time to prep for our truly busiest time of the year; summer! It may seem crazy to be thinking about summer camp 2015 so soon, but we like to be prepared. Multiple brainstorming sessions have helped us enhance and design some exciting new themes for next summer! Make sure to look out for our summer camp brochure when it’s finally completed.

                  Some of you might know that I teach the nursery program here at the museum. Children starting as young as 3 can join us once a week for some exciting scientific exploring. Each class involves an activity related to a specific science topic, a short snack-time, as well as creating a craft to take home! Probably the best thing about our nursery program is our flexibility. Families that are interested in a specific days and times can gather their friends together to create a class that works perfectly for them. Our Winter Sessions begins in December, so make sure to call Rosemarie, our registrar, to look into setting up a class, or joining an already existing one.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Meet Casey our new Science Educator

Hello, Hello!

Greetings to all! For those of you who don’t yet know me, my name is Casey and I’m the newest teacher here at SMLI.  I enjoyed meeting many of our members during summer camp and look forward to an eventful and fun year ahead.

Frankie from our Halloween Family Fun Party
This was my first Halloween with SMLI and I had a blast.  It was so much fun to see all the costumes and I loved the spooky walk through the preserve.  Halloween is after all one of my absolute favorite times of the year! I really hope everyone else had a great holiday weekend as well, but don’t eat too much candy. J  

Speaking of candy, I’m excited for our upcoming Holiday programs. On November 11th we have Candy Chemistry! Come learn all the fun you can create with candy. We also have lots of wonderful holiday programs scheduled for December. 

I’m really enjoying working in such a beautiful setting and encourage everyone to stop by and admire the 36 acre preserve as all the trees are breathtaking in their brilliant fall colors.  Soon everything will be covered with a light dusting of snow and it’ll be like a whole new place.  One of the beauties of living where we do is getting to see the change of the seasons and I’m eager to see it all here with you!

Come visit soon!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Coming Soon to a Museum Near You!!

It’s my favorite time of the year here at the Science Museum of Long Island. I do love Summer, but Autumn brings so many wonderful things to the table. September always brings back schools for field trips, which is a part of our curriculum that is really near and dear to my heart. I can remember being a young lad, going out to various local museums and preserves and doing many of the same activities that we do here at SMLI.

Many parents are looking for a safe fun place to bring their kids this Halloween. If you’re one of them, then look no further. On October 31, we will be having our annual Halloween event. We had so much fun last year,  we tried to come up with new ways to make it bigger and better. We will of course have all the classics: Crafts, Creepy Critters, and Slime. We’ve even redesigned our spooky walk so that it is better than ever. And last but not least, we have a new attraction called The Spiders Lair! Come down to the basement to try to navigate through a webbed obstacle course (Mission Impossible style) and make it through to the other side. Real Spiders not included.

Also, to give a little shout out for the month of November, I want to plug our Afterschool programs a bit. November brings some great topics. The kindergarten program is called “On the Hunt” and they will be going on treasure hunts and learning about star navigation. The first and second graders will be solving mystery’s in a month called, “Who Did it?!?!” The third and fourth graders (the group I teach) will be making a simple machines that will work together to achieve a common goal. And the fifth and up group will be looking really small, by studying microbiology, a topic about all sorts of creatures invisible to the naked eye.

            My point is, there are some really exciting topics coming up, so sign up now and be a part of it. We look forward to seeing you!