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Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)


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GENERAL ADMISSION Jun 2, 2019 Free  


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Have you ever wondered if you can feed your pet fish (safely) with a catapult? How to tell time without a clock? Why bridges don’t collapse? How to draw an accurately-engineered spaceship ready for take-off? Award-winning children’s authors Ruth Spiro, Bruce Goldstone, Rachel Dougherty, and Brian Floca will read from their beloved books and lead hands-on demonstrations in catapult making, sundial construction, the magic of physics, and scientific drawing. Stick around afterward to pick up signed copies of their books.


This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP not required, but encouraged.




11:00 AM — Brian Floca, Moonshot: The Fight of Apollo 11 
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission with Caldecott Medal winner Brian Floca to learn about scientific illustration. Pick up a pencil and practice your science and art skills by drawing the space shuttle.

12:00 PM — Bruce Goldstone, Super Summer 
With summer right around the corner, learn how to build sundials to tell time using only the sun just like your ancient ancestors. Join author Bruce Goldstone in this interactive storytime session to explore the mystery of the seasons.

1:30 PM — Ruth Spiro, Made by Maxine 
Maxine uses the scientific method to build just about everything in Ruth Spiro’s new book. Make a catapult to safely shoot food into a fishbowl and learn the physics behind these flipping feeders that Maxine, and you, construct.

2:30 PM — Rachel Dougherty, Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge 
Discover Emily Roebling, the woman behind the success of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and then put on your engineering hat to experiment with tension, weights, and springs. You’ll be ready to build your own bridge in no time.

3:30 PM — Lily Xu, A.I. is for Animals 
How is artificial intelligence helping protect the world’s most endangered animals? In this new short film by the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, meet the researchers who are using cutting edge AI in 600 global parks to defeat armed poachers. Conduct interactive experiments with USC researcher, Lily Xu, to understand just how these supercomputer brains work.


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NYU Kimmel Center, Commuter Lounge
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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World Science Festival

The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Through discussions, debates, theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City and beyond. Hailed a “new cultural institution” by The New York Times, the Festival has featured Alan Alda, Joshua Bell, Chuck Close, Glenn Close, Sylvia Earle, Philip Glass, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Stephen Hawking, John Hockenberry, Bill T. Jones, Charlie Kaufman, Mary-Claire King, Eric Lander, Richard Leakey, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Oliver Sacks, Liev Schreiber, Anna Deavere Smith, Julie Taymor, E.O. Wilson, and Nobel Laureates David Baltimore, Steven Chu, David Gross, Eric Kande, Leon Lederman, Paul Nurse, John C. Mather, Steven Weinberg, Frank Wilczek, among many others luminaries in science and the arts. 
The World Science Festival is a production of the World Science Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City.

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