Programs at miSci
miSci offers a range of educational programs and experiences for children and their families. Recent programs have included sessions on space exploration, dinosaurs, LEGO robotics, and earth science.
Explore science with inquiry-based, hands-on learning. Programs are geared to a variety of learning styles and include Q&A sessions, engaging discussions, and interactive demonstrations. They can be modified to accommodate all age groups.
LITTLE WONDERS OF SCIENCE
‘Little Wonders’ is an interactive program for children in pre-K and kindergarten which occurs on the first Wednesday of every month. Explore science with a book and hands-on fun!
October 2020: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid or Anything
November 2020: Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
December 2020: Trains
January 2021: Dinosaurs!
February 2021: Curious George’s Valentine’s Day
March 2021: Out Like a Lion, In Like a Lamb
April 2021: The Hungry Caterpillar
May 2021: Old McDonald’s Farm
June 2021: Watching the Seasons
September 2021: The Mixed-Up Chameleon
$25 – One adult and one child
$15 – Each additional adult
$10 – Each additional child
miSci’s VIRTUAL LEARNING SPACE
Starting Monday, September 28, 2020
Running daily (Monday – Friday) 8 am – 5 pm
Daily: $60, $50 for Members.
Weekly (5 days): $275, $225 for Members.
*Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To help support the educational needs of the community at this challenging time, the Museum of Innovation and Science is opening a Virtual Learning Space where students in grades 1–5 can attend their virtual classes and complete assignments. Museum staff will be present to supervise and help with lessons and homework while ensuring that safety protocols and guidelines are followed.
The miSci Virtual Learning Space will open on Monday, September 28, 2020, and run Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.
Daily schedules will be flexible to match the times of the student’s virtual lessons and provide time for them to complete assignments. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the Museum’s exhibitions under the supervision of trained staff members.
Participants are responsible for the login information and web addresses required for attending their virtual classes. At the time of drop off, parents and guardians will provide a daily schedule of the classes that the student will be attending while in miSci’s Virtual Learning Space.
To ensure social distancing guidelines, we ask that parents and guardians schedule dates at least one week in advance. Payment is due at the time of online registration.
All students will be required to bring their lunch in a closed container. Those students who may have difficulty in securing food for lunch should contact miSci at (518) 382-7890 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options that may be available.
Students are required to bring all technology and materials necessary to participate in their classes and complete their lessons and homework. In order to ensure the safety of student’s equipment, all technology brought to miSci by students should be clearly marked with the student’s name and contact information. When not in use, materials will be placed in a lockable room which can only be accessed under the supervision of a miSci employee.
To reduce the distraction of multiple students completing online instruction, headphones will be required. All students will be provided with access to miSci’s high-speed Wi-Fi. Electronics such as cell phones and video game devices should not be brought to the Virtual Learning Space.
The Museum will close promptly at 5:30 pm. Those who are late and pick up their student after 5 pm will be charged a $50 late fee. If late three times, the student will no longer be permitted to participate in the program, and refunds will not be issued.
All students must abide by miSci’s safety protocols and guidelines. miSci staff will be present throughout the day to ensure that procedures are followed.
- Students are required to wear masks at all times. This does not apply when eating.
- Students will observe social distancing and stay at least six feet away from others.
- Parents and guardians will complete an electronic daily health survey that must be submitted to miSci at least one day prior to the scheduled attendance date(s). This survey can be accessed at www.misci.org/programming. CLICK HERE FOR THE DAILY HEALTH ASSESSMENT FORM.
- Students will observe recommended hand washing and sanitizing protocols.
- Students are required to comply with the reasonable instructions of miSci personnel.
What miSci is Doing to Keep Visitors Safe
There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at miSci; however, miSci has established new safety processes and procedures as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the New York State Department of Health. These processes and procedures include the following:
- Enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols will occur throughout the day.
- Dedicated hand sanitation stations are available throughout the Museum.
- Modified pedestrian traffic flow procedures and decreased building occupancy ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines.
- All non-essential interactive exhibitions and displays have been removed.
- All patrons are required to wear a mask during their visit. All miSci staff and volunteers are also required to wear a mask and protective equipment.
- We ask that all our patrons take an active role in minimizing the risk of infection by checking their temperature within 24 hours prior to their visit. Those whose temperature is at or exceeding 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), have tested positive for COVID-19, or may have been exposed to those who have and are currently in quarantine, should refrain from coming to miSci.
All purchases are non-refundable. If you have any questions, please contact miSci at (518) 382-7890 or via email to email@example.com.
EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS
miSci is excited to announce the launch of our educational outreach programs for groups and schools! Live demonstrations and virtual options are available. With each, miSci can bring our science communicators and standards-based science programming into classrooms with hands-on experiments, all while keeping safe. Each outreach includes:
- A 30 – 50-minute live (in-person or virtual) science presentation for the group or class, including a guided hands-on science exploration.
- A hands-on experiment pack with all the materials to perform the experiment with your group.
- A question and answer session with our knowledgeable science communicators.
- Pre- and post-experience discussion questions designed to promote synthesis and retention for students.
Virtual Outreach Programs:
Rosie Revere: Engineer
Learn about the engineering process and build a flying machine of your own.
Observe a vast world of insects and build your own model of a popular arthropod.
Just a Phase
Learn about Earth’s closest neighbor, the moon. Learn about the phases of the moon and how it moves through space.
Learn about how what we see is determined by both the structure of our eyes, and the structure of our brains!
Crime Lab Science
Solve a crime using real forensic science techniques.
Fun with Physics
Discover how physics affects the world around us, especially the forces of gravity and pressure, and observe how spinning objects can impact their world in surprising ways.
Live Demonstrations Include:
See how small changes in chemistry can create a wide variety of interesting substances.
Discover how light is made, can be broken up, and travels through our universe. Observe different light sources and learn how they can give clues to what creates the light we see.
The smallest bits around us can make a big difference; be amazed by the changes in our world that are caused by some very tiny materials.
Explore the states of matter with some super cold chemical ice!
The Magic of Electricity
Discover both dynamic and static electricity, learn about electric circuits, and see how electricity can be generated and used.
Liquid N2 is 320 degrees below zero, three times colder than dry ice. Explore how it is made, used in science, and what this extreme cold does to different materials.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How are live, in-person demonstrations and outreaches delivered?
These will be done in accordance with all applicable guidelines to ensure the safety of the students and the school community. Many educators and institutions have expressed an interest in programming that occurs outdoors. Each outreach can be tailored to meet the needs of each classroom. These details should be discussed with our reservationist (information below), prior to a visit.
How are virtual outreaches delivered?
Classrooms will be invited to join a private Zoom session to connect with the science communicator at miSci.
The science communicator will deliver the outreach over a video and audio connection.
How are the supplies for hands-on explorations provided?
Two weeks before a scheduled virtual outreach with a hands-on experiment, miSci will send a package containing the supplies for the classroom to your school or organization.
Please contact Cindy DeMarco, miSci’s Reservationist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 518-382-7890, ext. 228.