For Immediate Release
April 12, 2016
World Science Festival and Con Edison Bring Scientific Exploration to Each of
New York City’s Five Boroughs with City of Science, Beginning May 7
- Series of Free, All-Ages Events Feature Demonstrations and Hands-On Activities
- With New Initiative, Festival Expands Programming for New York City Audiences
Following Success of Inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane
- Alert: World Science Festival’s 2016 New York Flagship Festival Takes Place
June 1-5 Throughout NYC
The World Science Festival and Con Edison are pleased to announce City of Science, a buzzing mini-metropolis of free interactive exhibits and demonstrations that will travel to each of New York City’s five boroughs, engaging New Yorkers of all ages in the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math. Produced by the Festival and presented by Con Edison, the daylong City of Science expos feature mind-expanding demonstrations and hands-on activities. Like the highly successful first World Science Festival Brisbane (March 9-13), City of Science represents the Festival growing in its mission to bring science to a broad general audience. Lehman College hosts the first event in the series, Saturday, May 7, 10am-4pm, at the APEX (250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Gate 7, in the Bronx). Save the date on Facebook.
Among the City of Science offerings are a giant pendulum wave that barely fits in a gymnasium; a seismic accelerator that uses gravity and elasticity to launch small objects; non-Newtonian fluids that let you walk on water; a giant, toppling seven-foot domino; a spacetime simulator that uses marbles to explore general relativity; and mind-bending competitions, challenges, and puzzles.
Tracy Day, Co-Founder and CEO of the World Science Festival, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Con Edison to bring our new City of Science experience to each of New York’s five boroughs. How wonderful for kids to get fired up about science through a day of hands-on play.”
“We’re excited to be the founding partner of City of Science. We hope many young New Yorkers will enjoy engaging in the creative and interactive projects that showcase the importance of science,” said Frances A. Resheske, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Con Edison.
After the Bronx City of Science event May 7 at Lehman College, the series continues June 5 in Manhattan with the World Science Festival’s annual Street Science event, which transforms Washington Square Park into an outdoor lab highlighting the fascinating ways that science shapes our lives. Subsequent dates and locations for Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn will be announced soon.
The World Science Festival presents its annual flagship New York Festival June 1-5 in indoor and outdoor locations across New York City. Each year, with more than 50 original programs that are by turns intellectually stimulating, entertaining and enlightening, the Festival brings the City into direct contact with many of the world’s leading scientists, thinkers, and artists. The World Science Festival will announce programming highlights for the 2016 New York Festival later in April.
The World Science Festival Brisbane (March 9-13) proved the global appeal of the Festival’s approach to the celebration and exploration of science. Presented with the Festival’s Australian partner, the Queensland Museum, the World Science Festival Brisbane included more than 100 events and activities, including performances, outdoor installations, interactive demonstrations, talks, debates, and more, and drew more than 120,000 visitors ranging from science experts to children.
About the World Science Festival
The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Through discussions, debates, theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City and beyond.
Hailed a “new cultural institution” by The New York Times, the Festival has featured Alan Alda, Joshua Bell, Chuck Close, Glenn Close, Sylvia Earle, Philip Glass, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Hawking, John Hockenberry, Bill T. Jones, Charlie Kaufman, Mary-Claire King, Eric Lander, Richard Leakey, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Oliver Sacks, Liev Schreiber, Anna Deavere Smith, Julie Taymor, E.O. Wilson, and Nobel Laureates David Baltimore, Steven Chu, David Gross, Eric Kandel, Dudley R. Herschbach, Roald Hoffmann, Leon Lederman, Paul Nurse, John C. Mather, Saul Perlmutter, William Phillips, Adam Riess, F. Sherwood Rowland, Horst Störmer, Jack W. Szostak, Gerard ‘t Hooft, Harold Varmus, James Watson, Steven Weinberg, Carl Wieman, and Frank Wilczek, among many others luminaries in science and the arts.
The annual live, weeklong New York Festivals, which launched in 2008, have collectively drawn more than a million and a half visitors, with millions more viewing the programs online. The World Science Festival’s original musical and theatrical works tour nationally and internationally, and March 2016 marked the launch of World Science Festival Brisbane. World Science U is the World Science Foundation’s online education arm where students and lifelong learners can dive more deeply through carefully crafted digital education content presented by world-renowned scientists.
The World Science Festival is a production of the World Science Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City.
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