Con Edison STEM Days Out
Con Edison STEM Days Out
We are pleased to announce that for the third year in a row, the Staten Island Museum was awarded a $25,000 grant from Con Edison to provide middle school students FREE STEM lessons during the 2017-2018 school year.
The lessons will be presented by the Staten Island Museum’s education science staff and Staten Island MakerSpace, a local provider of STEAM programs. All programs will take place at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor located at 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and will be held on the first or third Wednesday of each month (October through June) from 10:00am-11:30am.
You may choose from the lessons below:
Extinction: Then and Now
From dinosaurs, trilobites and mastodons to passenger pigeons, coral and horseshoe crabs, learn about what causes extinction and what can we do to help animals that are endangered and threatened.
In this hands-on investigation, students will explore a variety of rock and mineral specimens as they observe, describe, compare, and classify based on physical properties. Students will use balances to compare weights, explore density and utilize the Mohs Hardness Scale to experiment with hardness. Students will have hands-on access to definitive specimens of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rock from the Museum's collection.
Our “Green” Building
How does Staten Island's first LEED Gold certified museum save energy and resources? Go on a guided scavenger hunt around the Museum to identify some of the key features that make our historic building “green.” Play a team-based game to explore the hidden energy costs behind everyday products.
Have you ever watched a pinwheel spinning in the wind? The stronger the force and speed of the wind the faster the pinwheel turns. Weather forecasters use a similar instrument known as the cup anemometer to measure the speed of the wind. The anemometer is one of the instruments included in a weather station. Students will explore and learn about weather-related themes then make their own anemometer and weathervane.
Please contact Loretta Lonecke for more information or to book a class via email or call 718.483.7103.
“Students will see and touch exhibits that they don’t have in their classrooms,” said Hilary Ayala, Con Edison director of Strategic Partnerships. “This is a chance for us to support teachers and students in our local schools.”
“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to provide STEM programming to local schools through the support of Con Edison,” said the Museum’s Manager of Education Christine Szeluga. “By providing STEM education for students, especially for middle school youth, Con Edison STEM Days Out will spark a great interest in science, technology, engineering and math and offer opportunities students may not have otherwise had.”
Con Edison provides more than $10 million in financial and in-kind contributions to students and nonprofits in New York City and Westchester that enhance STEM education. Funding includes support for scholarships to students majoring in STEM fields, as well as program support for summer internships and year-round programs benefitting underprivileged and minority students.
Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A
Staten Island, NY 10301