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Admission

$5 per person

Members and children under 1 are free
Port Jefferson Library card holders - $1 off each admission ticket

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.

2019 Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire

June 8, 2019 Faire was a success.  Stay tuned for news about our 2020 Faire.

Exhibits

Signal Center

Questioning strategies

  1. Can you use Morse Code to write a note for your partner? Place it in the bucket and use the “hand over hand” motion and send it to your partner.
  2. What simple machine are you using to “Help” you send your message?
  3. Design a Pictogram for your partner and send it to your partner.
  4. Can you send a message illustrated using Pictograms or Semaphore Flags?

 

 

 

Bailing Boat

At this exhibit, we offer visitors a beach in a boat. Using grains of rice, young visitors compare volumes and solve rate problems; fundamental mathematical skills that apply to many maritime and marine challenges.

Questioning Strategies

Making a Prediction and then test out your “Guess”!  Was it correct? Make a correction.

  1. How many cups will it take to fill one basket with rice?  
  2. Does the size of the cup make a difference?
  3. How many Baskets to fill one bucket? Is there a Pattern?
  4. Which funnel will work best with the Rice?  Why?

Straws and Connectors

Questioning Strategies

  1. Can you construct a sphere (ball) with straight straws and connectors?
  2. Can you design a Tall Tower? How will you support the structure to enable it to stand tall?
  3. Construct a Rocket Ship to blast off!  How many shapes will you incorporate?

 

 

 

Building with Gears

Questioning Strategies

  1. Design a pattern of colors that will move in one direction only ( a ray).
  2. Are there other patterns you can design and construct?
  3. Can you construct a handle to turn your gear design?
  4. How high can you stack your gears and still be able to turn them?  Does the height matter?

Hot Wheel Tracks

Questioning Strategies

  1. What will happen when you Change the Height of your starting point? (Raise the height or Lower the height)
  2. Can you construct a loop? Can you add curves?  Does your car need more speed to travel through the loop or curve?
  3. Does the size of your car matter? (Properties of the vehicle!)

 

 

 

Tubular Maze

Questioning Strategies

  1. Can you construct a maze so that the ball takes the same path each time you drop it?
  2. Make a change in your construction so that your ball will travel a different path.
  3. Design a “Dual Challenge” with your partner.  Time your pathway. Which is faster? ( add a stop watch and Measuring tape to activity area)

 

Blocks

Blocks

Questioning Strategies

  1. Can you connect and balance ten cubes?
  2. Can you build with Lincoln Logs, interlocking the forms?
  3. Can you mix any blocks to construct a bridge using different kinds of blocks?
  4. Can you construct an Art sculpture using the tree forms?

 

 

 

Wooden Interlocking Puzzle Pieces

Interlocking Wood Pieces

Questioning Strategies

  1. Can you rotate the pieces to make a stronger structure?
  2. Do you need a stronger base to support and stabilize your structure?
  3. Can you design steps into your structure?

Balanced Equations

Questioning strategies

  1. Does it matter if you place the red hangars in the back of the yellow arm?
  2. Can you design a subtraction equation?
  3. Write a number sentence using (greater than & less than symbols)?

 

 

 

Maker Space

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Questioning Strategies

  1. What can you create with different sized paper tubes?  Can you embellish your creation?
  2. Can you build a simple machine can you build? (ramps, etc.)
  3. Can you design a new tool to be used to measure objects?

Outdoor Deck

Questioning Strategies

  1. Investigate our natural shell collection and try to categorize the shells by properties they share.
  2. Do any shells match what  you found on our Aqua Sub Challenge on our Smart Board?
  3. Design a shoreline in the sand box using rocks and seashells?

 

 

 

Large Magnetic Ball Run

Large Magnetic Ball Run

Questioning Strategies

  1. How high can you begin your Pathway? 
  2. Does the mass of the ball affect the Run?
  3. How do the funnel pieces affect your ball run?

Marble Runs

Marble Run

Questioning Strategies

  1. Does the angle of the magnetic ramp make a difference in the speed of your marble? How?
  2. How can you slow your marble down?
  3. What parts inside square magnetic maze pieces affect your marble run?

 

 

 

Tessellation Tiles

Tessellation Tiles

Questioning Strategies

  1. What patterns do you see in the shapes that you used? 
  2. Lift up the wooden shapes; can you complete the challenge using different wooden shapes?
  3. Can you do a rubbing over the shapes with the side of a crayon and design an art piece as the artist M.C. Escher designed?  Create a NEW art piece?

 

Harbor Wheelhouse Simulation

Harbor Wheelhouse Simulation

Questioning Strategies

There is a plethora of activities on the exhibit!  Children can navigate and open drawers, ring bells, and show them how to move in all directions.  

  1. Can you open the Chart Drawer? What is the depth of the water needed for the ferry to sail out of the harbor and into the Long Island Sound?
  2. What color indicates the Channel for boats to safely exit the harbor?
  3. Can you find our Museum on the Aerial View chart?  What else can you identify?

 

 

 

ScanTEX Construction Materials

ScanTEX Construction Materials

Questioning Strategies

  1. Can you build a moving vehicle with a handle to steer?
  2. Build a Suspension bridge!  Add ramps for cars to access the bridge.  Will your bridge span water or land?
  3. Can you build a Space Station with an entry point for your astronaut?

Lego Construction

Lego Construction

Questioning strategies

  1. Can you design a Boat to be anchored in the Port Jefferson Harbor? 
  2. Can you construct a dock to secure your boat?
  3. Can you construct an urban community?

 

 

Mixed Reality

Mixed Reality

Questioning Strategies

  1. How do you think they gathered the images to place you in this VR experience? (panoramic cameras)
  2. What kind of engineer has designed the program you’re using? (Software engineer)
  3. How does the computer know where you are looking and where you are standing? (gyroscopes and cameras) 
    • Gyroscopes are also found in iphones and other smartphones to track orientation
    • Cameras/proximity sensors are also in iPhones so they know when the user brings the phone to their ear.

 

Ozobots

Ozobots

Questioning Strategies

  1. What’s inside the ozobots that makes them move? (motor)
  2. How does the ozobot detect the color of the line? (camera)
  3. How does the ozobot know what to do when it reads the code? (It’s been programmed by an engineer to do so.
  4. What’s powering the ozobot? (battery)