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Miss Natalie is famous!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

One of Miss Natalie’s photographs was posted on the National Geographic website.

Nats pic of utah

Check out the image she caught of a double rainbow in Utah.  You can vote for it, and it could be published in the actual magazine!  If you would like us to post a picture of nature that you’ve taken here on our website, feel free to email it to

Water Water Everywhere!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

There’s a brand-new program here at the Science Museum: WATER WATER EVERYWHERE. Presented through a generous grant from the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee, WATER WATER EVERYWHERE is a hands-on learning experience for fifth through eighth grade students. Offered FREE OF CHARGE to all school districts within the 19 different communities comprising the 9,947-acre land area of Manhasset Bay Area’s watershed,  WATER WATER EVERYWHERE lets students explore the natural course of storm water and water run-off in the local environment. By means of a field experience and classroom lab experiments lasting about two hours, this program will present the various connections between local residential areas, Leeds Pond, and Manhasset Bay, as well as why these connections are so important.   

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE consists of an outdoor hike, following the path of storm water as it passes through local discharge areas and along Leeds Pond, all the way to Manhasset Bay itself. Examination of local flora and fauna found along the hike will be included, as well as discussions of the ecological role they play. Common byproducts of human interference, such as phosphate-related Eutrophication, will be explained. At the conclusion of this program, water samples taken throughout the hike will be tested by students for such concerns as pollution levels, dissolved oxygen content, and salinity. Vocabulary relevant to the topic will also be addressed throughout the program.

Teachers, this interactive program fits in well with any Life Science, Earth Science, or Physical Science curriculum. We at the Museum are more than willing to help customize the Water Water Everywhere program to your curriculum’s specific needs. Please contact Marisa Puglisi (516 627-9400 extension 15) at the Science Museum of Long Island to book a program. Programs are offered outdoors, RAIN OR SHINE, October through December.

SMART Board @ SMLI Beach Week

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Our SMART Board activities this week focused on the water cycle and marine environments.  Miss Jen found a great website from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Check out their games and activities.

And for the one camper (and any others) who could just not get enough of the Sea Star song, here it is from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Maybe we’ll have to do a duet in the talent show next year!

–”Miss Melissa”

SMART Board @ SMLI - Dino Links

Friday, July 18th, 2008

One of the most exciting recent additions to SMLI is our brand new SMART Board. This summer, the staff has been incorporating sessions with this learning tool into each group’s weekly schedule.

Our “Land of the Lost” (Dino Week) campers have requested access to some of the internet links we’ve used throughout the week. As the kids know, these links work on a computer just the same as they do a SMART Board– you just have to use a mouse instead of your hands. Here they are!

Dinosaur Planet Explore different dinosaurs in 360 degree views, compare size, and watch how paleontologists believe the dinos moved - from the Discovery Channel.

Who Dung It? and other games A short quiz searching for the “poopetrator” that made the coprolite and other fun prehistoric activities from the BBC.

Real or Make Believe A quiz comparing truth and fiction in storybooks from Scholastic.

Walking with the Beasts Camouflage game, Jigsaw bone puzzles from the BBC.

Practice Dig Unearth fossils and create a virtual jacket with this realistic interactive from the Smithsonian. A great introduction to the work of a paleontologist.

Conference for Kids - Plastics and Polymers

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

For several years, the Science Museum of Long Island has participated in the Nassau BOCES Conference for Kids. This year I brought the museum’s Plastics and Polymers program to the three-day event. Personally, it was an exciting opportunity to be a Teacher at a BOCES event where I was once a student.

For those that attended and wanted to know where they could get the last super absorbent polymer we used, here is the link I promised: Insta-Snow

-”Miss Melissa”

Robots in Oceanside

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Curious Kids of Oceanside have completed their robot projects! After one session of learning about circuitry, motors, and remote controls, the kids built their robots. We spent the next week adding creative elements to change the way the robots look, move, and make noise. There were a mix of many kinds of robots… quiet ones, loud ones, wobbly robots, tall robots, monkeys, birds, aliens, superheroes and more. It was great to see how many ideas the kids had and watch as their visions came to life. Below are Alexandra Steig with her bird robot, and Caroline Steig with “Buttons.”Alex and her robot

Alex with her robot

Caroline and Buttons

Caroline and Buttons

-“Miss Melissa”

Welcome Curious Kids and Roslyn!

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Hi Curious Kids and Roslyn After School Program! I’m glad you found the site and I hope you find it helpful. Visit to view your program dates. Check back here for updates on classes and other information.

Today’s Curious Kids electricity programs were a lot of fun! We’ve made great progress in building our robots in the Grades 5 & 6 class. If you won’t be able to make our class on March 29, please let me know with a comment or email me at and we can discuss an alternative plan.

If you have any cool information or pictures about any of our experiments this year, feel free to post or email me and I can post pictures in the blog. Take care, and see you soon!

-“Miss Melissa”

Welcome to the new!

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

I’m so excited to share with you the brand new! It’s been a fun and exciting process putting this site together and I hope you find it easy to use and it suits your needs. Check out the different parts of the site (– there’s something for everyone! Be sure to check back here at the blog ( for all sorts of updates regarding news at the museum, information for and about our outreach programs, upcoming events, and other fun SMLI related info! If you have any feedback, feel free to comment on the blog or email me at Enjoy!

–”Miss Melissa”