Wednesday, June 24, 2015


The science museum has been buzzing with excitement for the past two months.  Kids on field trips have filled up our classrooms as well as the picnic area most days.  Walk through the halls and you’ll hear the giggles of 1st graders learning about the butterfly lifecycle, the squeals of 2nd graders touching a snake for the first time, or the surprised gasps of 4th graders learning about Newton’s laws of motion. Who knew chaos could be so constructive. 

Teachers are gearing up for summer camp and registrations are coming in fast. Certain age groups of Beach week are already closed out.  Just as soon as school is out, the grounds of lead ponds preserve will be full of activity from 9am-4pm.  Call our registrar between 7:30am-3:00pm to ensure you’re a part of the fun.  I look forward to seeing you there. 
Woo-hoo, tank top season is finally here! 

Ms. Casey

Friday, June 12, 2015

Minecrat Club

For the past few months I have had the pleasure of leading the new Minecraft Club here at SMLI. I will admit I was nervous at the beginning because with a game as popular as Minecraft it was hard to speculate on the levels of ability that the kids would have. I had no way of knowing if there would be children who had never played before in the same room with children who knew more than I did. And even though that is sort of what happened, I was pleasantly surprised at the cohesive nature that the group developed.
The time spent playing has a lot to do with setting up a small virtual community within the game. The boys work to develop their own little piece of the map, while working together to accomplish larger goals. Some days, they are issued a challenge or a project designed to expand their knowledge of the game in areas that they had never delved before. The prizes that they receive from participating always keep them trying their hardest, and give a healthy competitive push.
All-in-all, I’m immensely happy about the little group that has formed that gathers every Monday to play Minecraft. I’m a little sad that we are taking a break during the summer months, but I’m looking forward to September and all the things these guys will work on. It has been amazing to see the boys who came in knowing a lot, take leadership roles in the club. It has been equally gratifying to see the guys who, in the beginning, struggled to remember simple crafting recipes, now craft items like it is second nature.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Taking Advantage of Great Weather.

May is here and it seems like the cold and snowy weather is finally behind us.  That means the teachers here at Science Museum of Long Island can take advantage of our preserve.  For those readers who have not had the opportunity to visit us, there are many different ecosystems contained on out property including forest, stream, pond, marshes, and even a beach.  Visiting students have been having a great time exploring our vast preserve studying the shoreline, learning about the vast plant life, investigating the quality of our water, and even using compasses to find hidden treasure.  You can take advantage of these programs by signing up for one of our many classes or give your child the ultimate science experience by signing up for our summer camp.  Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis so don't miss out!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring is Back!

Hello Fellow Scientists!

Hurray! The ice has finally melted and spring has begun to pop up all over the place here at SMLI. April is the beginning of our busy season, so all of us teachers have been running about planning and prepping for our spring holiday workshop week. Dozens of families have already registered their children for our daily programs, including; Biological Bonanza, The Art of Science, Walk the Plank, and more. While space is limited, there are still some openings, so make sure to call the registrar before our classes fill up!

Aside from our week of workshops, this time of year also starts our butterfly season! Our first order of Painted Lady caterpillars has been placed and our little critters should be arriving soon. But this year we have introduced a new exciting way for families to participate in this amazing activity, Butterfly Birthday Parties! If your child has a birthday during the months of April-June, you can throw them a butterfly themed party here at the museum. All children will receive a living caterpillar to take home and watch as it grows and changes into a beautiful Painted Lady butterfly!

You can book a birthday party or register for any of our holiday workshops by calling our registrar at (516) 627-9400 ext. 10.

See you soon!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Paleontology Lab Mural

 Over the summer the Science Museum was approached by one of our camper’s parents about doing a mural somewhere at the Museum.  Lori Lee is a well-known local muralist.  She offered to volunteer her time to help make one of our rooms more attractive and engaging for incoming students. 

The space that was chosen for the full wall mural was the Paleontology Lab, located in a former barn down by the visitor’s parking lot.   Over the last few weeks Lori, along with her son and students from Schreiber High School, have been hard at work.  They decided on a night time dinosaur scene.  The new mural really makes the room come alive and makes the space extremely inviting for guests. 

An official unveiling of the new dinosaur mural will be held soon.  Until then, guests are still able to get a look at what Lori and her team of volunteers have done.  Parents booking a Discovering Dinos or Paleontology birthday party are able to treat their guests to a visit to the paleo lab to see the fossils we have and to brush and scrape real bones.  Teachers can also bring their classes here for either the Discovering Dinosaurs or Practical Paleontology programs which both include a trip down to the lab as well. 


Dissections & Donations

It would appear that this past month as been a busy one for dissections. Mr. Dan talked about his recent frog dissections in his last post, and in this blog I’d like to mention another type of dissection;  Grasshoppers! These not so little insects are definitely a unique and uncommon type of dissection, but they’ve become one of my favorite classes to teach. Students that participate get to take part in a truly in-depth look into the form and function of the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper. These insects are easily the most distinct and largest species of grasshoppers, and are famous for their bright colors during the adult stage of their life.  Unfortunately they aren’t favored in their native habitats, as they are a bother to gardeners who often lose many of their prized flowers to these hungry bugs.

Of course dissections aren’t the only thing we’ve been up to at SMLI. Throughout the past month or so we’ve had donation bins on the first floor for the Long Island Cares Community Drive. Items such as canned food, personal care items (shampoo, soap, conditioner, etc.), books, toys, games and more can be donated to support more than 540 communities on Long Island. While this drive ends on December 13th, there are always plenty of opportunities to give back to your community during the holiday season.

Speaking of the holiday season, that always been one thing for us here at SMLI; our winter recess holiday programs! We had a great brainstorming session a few days ago and finalized our plans, including exciting new activities and crafts for these upcoming workshops. You can register for any (if not all!) of these programs by calling our registrar, Rosemarie, at (516) 627-9400 ex. 10.

Stay warm my fellow scientists!