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WSF always has an indoor event where we can visit multiple tables and learn about various fun science tips and facts!  Once again we dragged grandma along (although she was easy to convince to come) to see how gravity works, how to engineer pedestals that withstand earthquakes and recreate the ‘glide’ of a flying squirrel.  Best of all we got to bump into E and Z’s dad while he worked (and sometimes stand in as models if he needed) –

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creating a parachute man and watching him fly out of the chute!

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Zoe tries her ‘flying squirrel’ made of fabric and popsicle sticks

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and of course, pink tape

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giant patterned blocks

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Once again E and Z’s dad was hired to shoot a week of fun science events around the city, and we had grandma in to help with staying on top of things while parents were working like crazy.  The WSF had some great outdoor activities – like exploring the water life around our local park (Gantry), as well as an amazing Star Gazing event later in the evening in Brooklyn! I think we were wiped out after a whole day of activity but were happy we could show grandma the ropes on the WSF!

 

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grandma helping us fish the east river!

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Ezra under his night umbrella while star gazing

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E and Z’s dad has been shooting for the World Science Festival for awhile now, and this year they’ve decided to do some ‘satellite’ Cities of Science exhibits to spread the interest over all 5 boroughs!    As always the kids love this hands-on approach to learning new things about brains, gravity, and motion.  Here are a few shots of the fun via my own camera!

 

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turns out Zoe really likes learning about brains!

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We were back here again – Z and E’s dad was the staff photographer for the event but regardless, this street fair had my kids involved from 10 a.m. all the way up to the close at 6 pm. The themes were space, robots and weather.. and we loved learning about all three!

a great view from the Kimmel Ctr at NYU

a great view from the Kimmel Ctr at NYU

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E loves a car... even a robot car

E loves a car… even a robot car

engineering with gum drops - a big hit!

engineering with gum drops – a big hit!

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robotic fish!

robotic fish!

my kids could not get enough of the 'space toilet'

my kids could not get enough of the ‘space toilet’

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moon car - I love Zoe's pose in this pix

moon car – I love Zoe’s pose in this pix

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this boy robot from Italy was amazing. Even his mouth and eyebrows moved to show frustration or happiness.

this boy robot from Italy was amazing. Even his mouth and eyebrows moved to show frustration or happiness.

a little photo fun with cutouts of Jane Goodall and Ms Piggy!

a little photo fun with cutouts of Jane Goodall and Ms Piggy!

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Can you believe it’s already been a full year since we’ve last done this? I can’t.
Again it was a scorching hot day but SO worth braving the heat for checking out how to make ‘movie snow’ (in varying colors) and making another round of perfume at the scent lab. (Zoe named her cologne ‘Sprinkles’ and Ezra’s is titled ‘Spicy Love’.)

There were lots of TV science characters abound and Kareem Abdul Jabbar even spoke about the importance of utilizing one’s mind for good. He’s put out a new book about ‘The Lost History of African-American Inventors‘. When asked he replied that he loves writing as much – if not more than basketball. Go Kareem!

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various stages put on science shows for kids in Washington Square Park

various stages put on science shows for kids in Washington Square Park

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the finished products - move over J Lo! New scents in town

the finished products – move over J Lo! New scents in town

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Zoe loves the 'butterfly princess'

Zoe loves the ‘butterfly princess’

and I'd love to recreate this as a Halloween costume!

and I’d love to recreate this as a Halloween costume!

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E&Z’s dad got a great gig as the photographer for the World Science Festival, so on Sunday we got to find him working the end of the festival: at a fun street fair for kids. There were robotic birds and dinosaurs, some info on extinction and how to prevent it, and fun areas to see new inventions or build some fun things of our own. We love the mix of old and new technology and all that it had to teach us!
Check out the flying ‘penguin’ robot here, and click on the small images to view them larger:


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