Last weekend Jina and I went NYSCI in Queens. I had been there once last year when it was held on Maker Faire. I could see some of the exhibitions but I realised that I missed a lot of installations. This time we went to quite early and tried to look at all of the installations there.
There were many family visitors and children.
Why I really liked about the science museum was I could touch and play everything. It is always fun to play and realized something that I did not know before.
These are some interesting installations that used many senses.
< Temperature >
This installation explained how different temperature by location in the Earth and Mars is. When I touched near the equator, I could feel warm, and top of the earth was very cold.
This door installation also used the warm temperature. But I saw that lots of people cannot notice that it is warm. How can we let them know it has a temperature without text? (Maybe hand symbol or light inside? )
There were also installations of smell about microbes. For me it was very exciting to smell them, but Jina was really afraid of smelling it. Because we did not know what smell would be. When we squeeze the bottle them we could smell it. I thought it is quite a clever way to exhibit smells, not sprayed to the air.
There are many knobs and buttons that imitate a small spaceship. The height and space were only for children.
I could not play there two installations because the pieces and materials were depleted. We should think about how to keep these puzzle pieces and sand or how to keep maintain these.
Interactive wall installation
Inside of amazing architect here, there was a huge screen that people can interact. I liked it has a story before we play with it. A narrator explained the story and rules. In terms of technologies, it used several Kinect cameras for touching and action with the wall. I was not sure about the logs, I think they used special fabric with IR lights from the ceiling.
It runs for 15min and during the time people cannot go in. So there are a couple of contents that people try.
Magic book installation
I saw once it was in AMNH. It is really engaging installation and beautiful. It was working very well! On top, it has a Kinect camera, and projector, camera. The material for the book pages is a kind of vinyl.
I wondered how it recognized the page. And when we covered the number of the page…
It is gone! So the numbers were markers for recognizing the page. I heard from Brett who developed the Poisonbook in AMNH, the installation used the RFID tag and capacitor sensor. I think it is a slightly different way to build it with vision technic.
And finally my famous booth! explaining the diverse principle of physics and light etc. I love love love this floor. I always got huge inspiration to my work.
Last year I saw this piece about hyperboloid shape. I thought it was very authentic and interesting. I made this with motors in Intro to Fabrication class.
This is the piece that I made it after visiting NYSCI.
Also, I was so into the very classic and simple mechanical objects. The motor, bolt, and the bracket I keep watching the movement and usages.
This is also my favorite installation about spectra with the different light source. It is an exciting moment that I can find something in reality that I only read the book or internet.
There were many children with their parents. The parents helped to pump the water and children were playing with many different tools and installations.
It was fun that we can play huge installations with our whole body.
One thing I did not like about this playground is the booklet. The booklet was too dirty and difficult to see it. I understand many people do not want to read them in the playground. But I do! Maybe it is better has a very simple explanation with each installation.
NYSCI is definitely one of my favorite museums in NY. I love to go getting inspirations and playing like a child. They are used diverse approaches to explain scientific facts easily. Most of the installations are fitted for children’s height. The level of information is not high and the text is also very short compared to the other museums. Also, they used many questions for intriguing curiosity from visitors. In addition, to appeal visitors to participate in the installation, I can find there are many efforts to use smells, visual, touch, and listening etc. I realized that these installations are more difficult to maintain it than displayed exhibits, but I think it is worthy to use many different approaches to explain and keep visitors have interests in science museums.