Water Water Everywhere!

October 7th, 2008 by Marisa Puglisi

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.

Summer 08 Slideshow

September 3rd, 2008 by Melissa Kipp

Counselors, teachers and some campers snapped many great shots this summer.  Here’s a slideshow of some of this summer’s fun (and educational!) moments. 
Scroll over the lower left corner and click on the album name to view the photographs in Picasa Web Albums, where you can print any picture.
 If you have any pictures you’d like to submit for possible placement on the website, email them to melissa@smli.org.  If you opted out of signing a photo release form earlier but would like to now, call (516) 627-9400 extension 11 to speak to Ronni who can fax one to you, or you can stop by the museum.   Hope to see you next summer!!
-  ”Miss Melissa” 

SMART Board @ SMLI Beach Week

August 7th, 2008 by Melissa Kipp

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

July 18th, 2008 by Melissa Kipp

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.

Summer Science 2008

June 30th, 2008 by Melissa Kipp

The Science Museum of Long Island’s first day of camp was filled with excitement. Wild Safari week (N-3) and Gadgets and Gizmos week (4+) have begun, as projects, crafts, inventions and experiments take over the building. The upcoming nine weeks are sure to be packed with fun, and keep on the lookout for “camp surprises,” as we have some special events planned that will make this year’s science camp even better than last year! If you have not registered for camp, there may still be availability in select weeks, as enrollment is only for individual weeks.

- “Miss Melissa”

Harborfest 2008

June 6th, 2008 by Ronni Graf

Thanks to the Port Washington-Manhasset community for visiting us at Harborfest on Sunday June1. It was great to see so many of our members and their children. We from SMLI, all had a great day and it was nice to make some new friends. Our touch tank full of horseshoe crabs from Manhasset Bay was a big hit with children and parents alike. Thanks for visiting and if you thought our tank was great you should really check out our programs at the Museum.  - Ronni Graf

Horseshoe Crab Research

May 29th, 2008 by Dave Miller

Attention Junior Explorers Club…….Your research project on the the Leeds Pond Preserve will be posted and updated through this blog on a periodic basis.

The latest project of tracking the breeding activity, nesting sites and egg development of the horseshoe crab has been successful. If you are planning to visit the site on your own, please stop in to the Science Museum to borrow the GPS device. The nests are currently 6-8 inches below the last recorded depth. Many of the site markers have been removed or buried. The GPS is the only means of identifying your site.

If you wish to locate and track more sites, please get in touch with Dave. Thus far, breeding and nesting locations for the HS crab is down dramatically. Keep your telsons crossed for a successful hatching!

Conference for Kids - Plastics and Polymers

May 20th, 2008 by Melissa Kipp

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”

Gak Recipe

April 11th, 2008 by Christie Milligan

We teach a great class here called Slime, Goo, and Ooze.  Sometimes we even bring it to you!  Many parents and children have asked us how to make the gak at home.  It is very simple, so I thought I would share with you.  Have fun!  It makes for a great rainy day activity :) 

Gak Recipe   


  • Elmer’s glue
  • Water 
  • Borax (found in the laundry dept.)
  • Food coloring
    1. Mix the glue and water. Combine 2/3 cup of Elmer’s Glue and 1/2 cup of warm water in a small container or bowl.
    2. Add the food coloring. Choose your favorite color of food coloring and add it to the glue/water mixture. Stir.
    3. Mix the Borax and water. In a different container, combine 1/3 cup of hot water with 1/2 tablespoon of Borax.
    4. Combine the two containers. Add the contents of the two containers together and stir the mixture very well. You should begin to see the gak take form and solidify.
    5. Use your gak! Remember to store your gak in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.

    ~Miss Christie

Robots in Oceanside

April 10th, 2008 by Melissa Kipp

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”