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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”

Map of 1526 N. Plandome Road (Museum entrance on Rockhollow Rd)

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

We’ve had a few requests for a map and directions on the website. Here’s a map you can refer to when you get near the property. The entrance to the museum is on the right, just after the bridge crossing where the Manhasset Bay and Leeds Pond meet. You can click “Get directions” within the map to get personalized directions, or “View Larger Map” below the image. For cars only (not busses due to low underpass): You can also come down Stonytown Road and make a right onto Gristmill Lane, then another right onto Papermill Road, then a left onto Rockhollow Road.  Be careful of oncoming traffic (it’s a narrow street).

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