Archive for November, 2008

Invitation to the Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

What:  SMLI Annual Meeting

When:  Sunday, December 7, 2008   2:00-4:00pm

Where:  Science Museum of Long Island

Who:  Members, friends, and anyone interested in learning more about SMLI

Why:  To celebrate another successful year at the Science Museum

Featuring Guest Presentation by: Seth Bloom of Bubble Mania


Introducing Seth and Bubble Mania!

Seth Bloom is a professional entertainer with 15 years experience performing in theaters, festivals, libraries, schools, private events and numerous countries around the globe.  He captivates kids of all ages with his love of bubbles, comedy, and making people laugh.  He has performed Bubblemania shows hundreds of times since 2006 to rave reviews in the NY Metropolitan Area.

 Please join us for fun and refreshments.

Geode Slices and Geology Fun at Oceanside

Friday, November 21st, 2008

This fall marks the fifth season I’ve brought several of the Science Museum’s programs and collections to the Curious Kids of Oceanside (Grades 1 through 7).  The Science Museum of Long Island has been taking programs to Oceanside for many years now, and we’re excited to see the program continue.  This season we explored a broad range of themes including the scientific method, grossology, geology, papermaking and endangered species.

One of the topics this semester included some of our rock samples and geology lessons.  We explored plate tectonics, as well as the difference between igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock.  After sharing one of the museum’s geodes with the class, many students had stories about their own rocks to tell.  One student, Sam, sent me this photograph of a geode slice he had at his house as well as an illustration he made. Here they are!


Sam’s Geode Photograph


Sam’s Illustration

Stay tuned Oceanside: You will be receiving your packet with new class topics in December. I hope to see you again this January!

- “Miss Melissa”

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

Career Opportunity

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

The Science Museum of Long Island has an opening for a full time teacher. Background in science and experience with children is necessary. Bachelor’s degree required. (Teaching certification not required.) Must have valid Driver’s License and transportation.

Highlights of full time teaching responsibilities and benefits:
• Teach in-house and outreach science programs
• Occasional cleaning and organizing of materials and supplies
• Assist in office paperwork
• Assist in training new staff
• Answer phone and relay messages
• 40 hours per week (max)
• Competitive salary
• Medical and Dental after 90 days
• 5 days vacation after 6 months, 10 days after 1 year
• 3 personal/sick days from start of employment

Must be willing to work occasional weekends. Weekend work is paid at a higher salary rate but will count towards full time hours (40).