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The 2014 World Science Festival, which ran from May 28-June 1, delivered more than 70 science-packed events for science enthusiasts of all ages. World-renowned scientists delved into the most cutting-edge theories and research on everything from quantum mechanics to genetic therapy to the search for alien life, NASA astronauts taught us what it’s like to work in space, robots played soccer, and science was celebrated in many ways by hundreds of thousands of attendees.


PARTICIPANTS: Steve Metzger, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, Deborah Heiligman
DATE: Sunday, June 1, 2014
TIME: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
VENUE: NYU Kimmel Center, 2nd Floor


Join us for a special storytime where top kids authors read from their books, all afternoon. Shop our carefully curated collection of kids’ science books for sale and have your books signed by participating authors.

Those who register for the World Science Festival’s free events will receive early notification of special events and be entered for a chance to win a science gift package.

Pluto Visits Earth!: What Does It Mean To Be A Planet?
2:00 – 2:30

Steve Metzger, a former teacher, is the author of more than 60 children’s books, including Detective Blue (2014 Colorado Children’s Book Award Nominee), The Falling Leaves, and The Way I Act. His latest picture book is Pluto Visits Earth! (2013 Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee and 2013 ABC Best Books for Children). In this interplanetary adventure, Pluto is angry at being downgraded to a dwarf planet. He journeys through the solar system to plead his case to astronomers on Earth, asking other planets to join him. Hilarious illustrations by Jared Lee (The Black Lagoon series).

Featuring: Steven Metzger, Pluto Visits Earth!

One Plus One for Boys and Girls
2:45 – 3:15

Deborah Heiligman reads from and discusses her book The Boy Who Loved Math, about the famously eccentric mathematician Paul Erdős. Though many people think of mathematicians as solitary, little Paul never followed the usual path… This book won the 2014 Cook Prize for Best STEM Picture Book.

Featuring: Deborah Heiligman, The Boy Who Loved Math

What About (Science) Bob?
3:30 – 4:00

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” regular and best-selling author “Science Bob” demonstrates his campaign for “Random Acts of Science” and tells entertaining tales about Nick and Tesla a pair of eleven-year olds with a knack for science, technology and getting into trouble!

Featuring: “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle


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Steve Metzger grew up in Queens, NYC. He went to Baruch College and received his Masters in Education from Bank Street College. He taught young children for 15 years before moving on to Scholastic, where he has mainly worked with the Book Clubs. During his tenure at Scholastic, Steve began his writing career with the Dinofours’ series (28 books). In addition to the Dinofours, Steve has written many other bestselling books, including Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice, The Great Turkey Race, and The Mixed-Up Alphabet.

Teacher, Author, Television Personality

“Science Bob” Pflugfelder is an award-winning science teacher, maker, and television personality. His fun and informative approach to science has lead to television appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America, Live With Kelly & Michael, and others.  He is also the co-author of the popular Nick & Tesla series of childrens’ books aimed to inspire young readers to pursue science and build cool stuff.

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Deborah Heiligman is the author of 30 books for children and teens, including THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH: THE IMPROBABLE LIFE OF PAUL ERDOS. The Boy won the 2104 Cook Prize for best STEM book, awarded by Bank Street College of Education, and voted on by children across the world. It also received an Orbis Pictus honor. It was named a NY Times Notable, a New York Public Library top 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, a Bank Street Best Book, and a Kirkus Best Book, among other honors. Her book CHARLES AND EMMA: THE DARWINS’ LEAP OF FAITH was a National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor, LA Times Book Prize finalist, and the winner of the first YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.