Little Sparks

Sparking creativity and igniting innovation in young minds

A preschool exploration program with a STEAM focus!

See your child "glow" at Little Sparks!

6-week sessions :

Sept 27 - Oct 4,11,18,25 - Nov 1 | 2018

Thursdays: 1:00-3:00 PM

Come join us at the OPEN HOUSE and learn more about the program!

Saturday, Sept 15th from 10am - 11 am. RSVP preferred.

Friends of Earth Summer Camp

Each week is filled with fun and unique activities.

  • Create art from Nature with guest artists from the Artelier Art Studio.
  • Explore marine life in our Long Island Sound with our experienced educators.
  • Learn to be good stewards of the environment
  • Lastly, have an enriching and unique experience with the Long Island Explorium!

Cost: $300 per camper.

Members Rate*: $270 per camper

Sibling discount: 5% off the first registration

* All Port Jefferson Library Patrons enjoy the member discount!

 

Here’s what’s happening in September

Sept 8-9

What kind of house would a robot like to live in?

Come build a "house" for Venie, our Lego robot to live and have fun in at the Explorium! I bet he would love a "rollercoaster" in his bedroom!

Sept 15-16

Sad summer is over?

Well, not at the Explorium! Come join us as we explore our beautiful Port Jefferson Harbor front and do some late summer gardening. Special exploration program on Sept 16th at 1:30pm and 3:30 pm. First come, first serve.   

Sept 22-23

NO more straws!

Let's keep straws out of our landfill. We're going to "Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose" straws into creative inventions.

Sept 29-30

Come have fun with Little Bits!

Build a "Bubble Bot". Build your own bubble blowing contraptions while learning about circuits and invention! Let your imagination guide your next invention!

Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire

Thanks for making the 2018 event one of the best ever! More than 70 makers and close to 2000 participants attended!! Save the date for next year: June 8th 2019. 

Who We Are

We strive to be a leader in STEM discovery, learning and innovation that will shape the intellect, social values and principles of future generations

We work to advance STEAM concepts that translate into skills to address social, economic and environmental issues.

The future belongs to the CURIOUS. The ones who are not afraid to TRY it, EXPLORE it, POKE at it, QUESTION it, and TURN it inside out. 

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Constructivist Approach

Children are not empty vessels to be filled with knowledge by teachers; but rather continually constructing their own knowledge. Constructivist teaching invites learners to consider socially important, relevant challenges and endeavors.

Fail Forward

Failure is not a bad thing. It helps us to develop ‘GRIT’. Grit is a distinct combination of passion, resilience, determination, and focus that allows a person to maintain the discipline and optimism to persevere in their goals even in the face of discomfort, rejection, and a lack of visible progress for years, or even decades.

Play to Learn

Through play children can learn to make sense of the world around them. Play helps children to develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.

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WHAT OUR PROGRAMS OFFER

For Families and Children: 

Our curriculum, exhibits and educational approach are unique by design, developed to spark inventive solutions, build confidence by embracing the “fail forward” concept and foster teamwork through hands-on workshops and activities that pose challenges with multiple outcomes or solutions. Because of this focus on creativity and innovation, the Explorium is recognized as Long Island’s Family Maker Space, a place for families to play, create, build and grow together.

For Students: 

Our workshops are smart and fun! We nurture children’s thinking as they work to develop their own solutions to open-ended challenges. STEM workshops include evidence-based writing, career awareness, and civic engagement components. Our distinctive challenge-based programs are built on New York State Science Learning Standards, New York State English Language Arts and Mathermatics Learning Standards, and the National Core Arts Standards.

For Educators: 

The Maritime Explorium is a New York State certified provider of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education ( CTLE) credits. Our programs help inspire teachers to incorporate STEAM and constructivist approaches into their standards-based lessons. Teachers learn how to foster engagement of all learners through hands-on challenges that explore the engineering design process, encourage teamwork, and incorporate career and civic awareness.

IMAGINE. CREATE. INSPIRE

VISIT US

Hours

Academic Year
Saturday and Sunday

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Closed Sunday, April 1, 2018

Open Spring Break April 2-6, 2018; 1-5 pm

(Other times by reservation)

Summer Hours end Sept 2nd 
Wednesday to Sunday

1:00pm - 5:00pm

(Other times by reservation)

Admission

$5 per person

Members and children under 1 are free

Field Trips

Hands-on Workshops for Young Scientists, Grades Pre-K to 6TH!

Birthday parties

A birthday they won't soon forget full of exciting, interactive activities.

Exhibits

Maritime Explorium has an abundance of maritime experiences for little explorers

OUR UPCOMING EVENTS

Here's what's happening in September.

Regular Public Hours in effect.

Sat-Sun, 1 - 5 pm.

Sept 8-9

What kind of house would a robot like to live in?

Come build a "house" for Vernie, our Lego robot to live and have fun in at the Explorium! I bet he would love a "rollercoaster" in his bedroom!

Sept 15-16

Sad summer is over?

Well, not at the Explorium! Come join us as we explore our beautiful Port Jefferson Harbor front and do some late summer gardening. Special exploration program on Sept 16th at 1:30pm and 3 pm. First come, first serve.   

Sept 22-23

NO more straws!

Let's keep straws out of our landfill. We're going to "Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose" straws into creative inventions.

Sept 29-30

Come have fun with Little Bits!

Build a "Bubble Bot". Build your own bubble blowing contraptions while learning about circuits and invention! Let your imagination guide your next invention!

Check out past events

August

August 1-5 Are you having fun with your shadow like Moonbear?

Come join us as we investigate, play, and try to “scare” away our shadows!

August 8-12 Let’s have fun with that A in STEAM and create a “Masterpiece” using shore materials.

(Camp Week) Will you design and build a statue from natural materials, a collage of garbage that has no place on our beaches, a beautiful necklace out of shells? Or do you have another idea in mind?

August 15-19 Come and visit our beautiful native plant garden in full bloom.

Borrow an exploration “backpack” from the Explorium and be a ‘plant detective’!

August 22-26 Gone Fishing!

Make your own fishing pole with a magnet to lure and attract your own fish! How big a fish can you catch? What “bait” works best?

August 29- September 02 Bridge Building Using a variety of materials, design

Build a structure that spans our “river” and supports as much weight as possible!

July Events

July 5-8 It's "Patriotic Polymer" Time!

Make the perfect Patriotic Phlubber using the materials provided.

July 11-15 Green Engineering Challenge-

Design and Construct a Car using recycled Materials.

July 18-22 Bait Your Hook!

Design Bait that attracts fish.

July 25-29 Ships Ahoy!

Design a Rocky Shoreline with a Lighthouse to keep ships safe.

June Events

June 2,3 Explore the Mysteries of Our Planet Earth

June 2- Create Paper Mountains as you experience the dynamics of the pull of gravity.

June 3- Experience the Strong Protective Magnetic Field of our Planet Earth.

June 9- Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire

The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth! 10 am – 5 pm, Port Jefferson Village Center, Harborfront and Long Island Explorium. Buy your tickets now!

June 10- Design and Create a Model to illustrate the different Phases of the Moon.

June 16,17- Happy Fathers Day!

Using a variety of materials, design ,create, and Launch a Rocket with your Dad!

June 23,24- Bug Houses!

Join us to design and construct Homes for Invertebrates using Native Plant Materials.

June 30, July 1

Discover the Science behind Ice Cream as you Measure, Shake,and Taste your Ice Cream.

May Events

May 5-6 Exoplanet Transits

Design a Transit Method to assist NASA scientists’ search for distant planets.

Maker Spotlight!

May 5 – Ray and his robot “ Volt”. Teach kids to make their own Bristlebots

May 12-13: Message in a Bottle for A Special Woman in your Life

Write a Heartfelt message and place in a decorated bottle for a Keepsake for your Mother.

May 19-20: Space Telescope

Design, build, and test a tool to discover new discoveries to better understand the Universe.

May 26-27: Mars Rover

Program a Mars Rover to navigate and collect valuable information for NASA Scientists (good to match with a coding activity)

April Events

March 31 , CLOSED April 1: Recycle, Reuse, and Recreate with Water Bottles

Create exciting new uses for your water bottles as you Recycle, Reuse, and Recreate them into interesting new creations.

We are OPEN during Spring Break April 2-6. 1-5 pm ( Delayed opening on April 2 at 2 pm, due to the weather conditions)

Recycle, Reuse, and Recreate with Water Bottles

Create exciting new uses for your water bottles as you Recycle, Reuse, and Recreate them into interesting new creations.

April 7-8 Stomp Rockets

Create a Sounding Rocket and “Stomp” your Scientific Research questions into Space!

Maker Spotlight!

Join Aja Rose on Saturday, April 7th to see models and photographs of some of the equipment and activities used in the Apollo missions to the moon. View 7 minutes of terror, a short film about the landing of the Mars rover “Curiosity” and the seven minutes where the engineers and scientists watch to see if their many years of hard work and programming was successful in being able to land a rover on Mars. Then build your own lunar rover that can travel over rough terrain and carry a payload!

April 14-15: Become a Plant Detective with Our Native Plant Seed Collections

Join us and solve the mystery of growing Native Plants.

April 21-22: Celebrate EARTH DAY with us!

Create a Terrarium and a Biome to Observe the Water Cycle

Observe the water cycle in your own plant habitats!

April 28-29: Create a Butterfly Feeder using Recycled Keurig Cups

Explore various species of butterflies by creating your own butterfly feeder!

March Events

March 3-4: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Join us to create your own Green Oobleck to ooze through your fingers!

March 10-11: March Math Madness

Join us as we explore and investigate through Art the Mathematical findings of PI, Fibonacci, and Bernoulli!

Celebrate International Pi day this weekend with our “Makers in Residence”

March 10, 2pm: Dr. Moira Chas from SBU Math Dept as she explores the world of curves, crossings, surfaces and more.

March 11, 2 pm: Dr. Elana Reiser and her fabulous 3D Printed Interactive Math Fun

March 17-18: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Come to our Maker space to design and create Leprechaun traps! See how many Simple Machines you incorporate.

March 24-25: Celebrate World Water Day!

Join us as we design a Water Filtration System to clean dirty water!

We will have First Lego League teams showing off their 2018 Aqua Adventure Challenge or HydroDynamics challenge. We will see how their ideas conserve this valuable resource.

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