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City of Science

Sunday, June 2, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

City of Science is a larger-than-life event where science, technology, engineering, and math collide! We take science out of the labs and onto the streets. Washington Square Park and beyond transforms into a laboratory where you can put on a spacesuit and train like an astronaut. Spin till you’re dizzy in a multi-access trainer, drive a rover, and hop aboard a fully functional flight simulator. You’ll also be able to examine actual space dust, sit on a space commode, toss marbles into orbit, and much more.

When you want to come back down to Earth, step inside the NYU Kimmel Center and enter our virtual reality world that goes from the macrocosm to the microcosm. Take a virtual tour of the International Space Station and the planets in our solar system, and get up close with insects and all kinds of living creatures in our national parks.

Workshops, talks, interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and exciting exhibitions will run throughout the day.

This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP not required, but encouraged. RSVP HERE!

This program is presented by Con Edison.

City of Science Schedule:


— 11:00AM-1:00PM & 3:30PM-4:30PM Create Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality with STEM Kids NYC  30-minute workshops, every half hour

— 1:00PM Holosound, performance by Soundcool

— 1:15PM Black Hole Hunter: Meet Chandra the NASA Space Telescope  A WSF Special Film Premiere of First Light: Celebrating 20 years of Chandra Observatory, Film and Discussion with Astronomer Kimberly Arcand and Director Carlos Toro of Steer Films.

— 2:15PM and 3:00 PM Is It Alive? Searching for life on other planets  with Astrobiologist Vanessa Brown from LaGuardia Community College

Head to the stage in Washington Square Park’s Garibaldi Plaza for a full day of demos, performances, and mind-blowing science.

Check out some highlights:

— The History of Invention Show with The Museum of Interesting Things
— Street Science with Australia’s Science Steve
— Create a Memory Palace with Ido Davidesco
— BIG Science! with Brainy Bill
— Turn Science into Art – The Art of Scientific Illustration with Emily Mintz
— The Spirit of Objects: Sound-Art Improv with Soundcool
— Erupting Foam and Shattering Matter​ with the NYU Materials Research Science and Engineering Center


City of Science Activities:

Check out a sneak preview of the activities and workshops running throughout the day.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Washington Square Park & Washington Square South

— Suit up like an astronaut and get ready for lift off as you perform a spacewalk at the Astronaut Training Zone.

— Pull on space gloves, learn about asteroids in the impact crater lab, and program robots with Liberty Science Center.

— Hop aboard the Orion CRV Flight Simulator, fly a BD-5J Micro Jet, and try on anti-gravity boots with the Traveling Space Museum and Teachers in Space.

— Take a turn on the Coriolis Spinner to learn about the Earth’s rotation and Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

— Examine space dust and items similar to those found on Mars through high-powered microscopes aboard the BioBus.

— View the sun through solar telescopes with guidance from the Amateur Astronomer’s Association.

— Explore rover landing sites and drive rovers as you investigate the terrain of the red planet with Jupiter Joe’s Sidewalk Astronomy.

— Toss planets into the Warped Space Gravity Simulator and learn about the warping of space and time.

— Join the deep space robotics competition, deliver supplies from cargo ships to rockets with NYC FIRST.

— Sink or fly across this 10-foot tank as you Walk on Water, a gooey container filled with Non-Newtonian fluids.

— Set the Cannon Car and Galileo’s Ramp in motion to test out force, gravity, and acceleration with The School at Columbia University.

— Ride on Con Edison’s bicycles to see how much energy you can produce.

— Test out your strength (and knowledge of Newton’s Third Law) on the Tug of War on Wheels carts.

— Join Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University scientists to erupt volcanoes, investigate lava flows, and more.

— Create circuits with electrolytes and examine how space food is developed with the American Chemical Society New York Local Section.

— Touch real brains, experience virtual reality, and explore how brains and space collide with braiNY and TechRow.

— Build a huge dodecahedron and experience a sense of geometric wonder with the National Museum of Mathematics MoMath.

— Explore the birds and bugs of NYC with Washington Square Park Eco Projects.

INSIDE THE NYU KIMMEL CENTER: Welcome to (Virtual) Space

— Enter the Frontiers of Space in Virtual Reality presented by the XReality Center, The New School. Explore the universe in an immersive visit to the James Webb Space Telescope and take a tour of our own cosmic neighborhood—the Solar System.

— Celebrate twenty years of space exploration with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Be one of the first people to experience NASA’s brand new Augmented Reality application of a supernova remnant!

— Learn about IceCube, the biggest and strangest neutrino detector in the world in this “Extreme South Pole Science” virtual reality with IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

— Create computer music with Soundcool and compose your own collaborative audiovisual works with scientists from the Universitat Politècnica de València.

— Collaborate on the multi-person VR chalkboard used for working together, communication, and prototyping 3D objects with the NYU Future Reality Lab.

— Swim with sharks and stomp around ancient lands with a baby T.Rex in this Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality world created by the American Museum of Natural History.

— Mix your own solutions in a virtual chemistry lab, analyze 3D medical images of brains, and more with the Lehman College School of Continuing and Professional Studies and Vivid Imagination.

— Shrink down to the size of a bug and see the world through their tiny busy eyes in VR with WildeyesVR.

 Technology and Research Space

— Perform tests with matter and phase transitions, chemical reactions and crystallization with NYU Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). Create dry ice balloons and make decomposition, exothermic and redox reactions.

— Detect colliding black holes and merging neutron stars with LIGO.

— Discover the latest technology behind motion sensing that helps with physical rehabilitation from Know Science.

— Perform physics demonstrations about electricity, magnetism, and particle acceleration with Brookhaven National Laboratory.

— Create your own “Phasing In & Out” mobile that demonstrates the phases of the moon with HYPOTHEkids.

— Conduct research like real scientists to uncover the origin and development of humans with the Lab for the Developing Mind at NYU.

— Turn a test tube into a lava lamp and make electric bio-bracelets powered by circuits and your brain with the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center.