Photo Credit by Sherry Shivprasad
On Dec 2 York College hosted the World Science Festival and Con Edison had sponsored this event. It was held in the Health and Physical Education Building on 160-02 Liberty Avenue. Close to 4, 000 people came out to a day filled with activities, experiments, photos, and education. A York College senior, Jennifer Lopez, 20 years old who is a Health Science major was a volunteer at the World Science Festival “I enjoyed it because I was working with children and educating them about the props. Such as, what was inside of the computer as well as answering questions relating to astronauts, space, and gravity.” The World Science Festival was a free event for everyone. Children from all ages interacted with each other and learned about technology, engineering, and science.
Heather McKellar runs BraiNY which is a NYC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Mckellar recruited volunteers mainly from New York University (NYU), The Cooper Union College, and Columbia University. Mckellar had volunteers at the World Science Festival to help educate children about animal and human brains “ I love doing outreach, getting involved, especially brains in the World Science Festival. They have been doing this for five years. There are 12 volunteers from the BraiNY chapter and more volunteers from the World Science Festival and it is a great opportunity to come out and meet new people,” according to Mckellar.
The children were hands on and were engaged in learning about Earth and space, understanding science by asking questions, listening to the spokesperson from different exhibits, and by trying out unusual hands on experiments. Romy Photos helped her son put on an astronaut costume “He really likes to dress up and be the part of an astronaut” she explained “It was our first time coming here,” said Photos. There was so much activities to be involved in some of the children touched a human brain while others wanted to become astronauts and scientists.
There was a telescope, goggles, magnifying glasses, lab coats, and beakers which were all props for the children to use in their photos. Xander Photos is seven years old, his parents wanted him to be involved in the World Science Festival. Photos’ parents learned this event when they seen Photos had a flyer about the World Science Festival in his backpack “I want to be a scientist and I would like to try the beakers and the microchips because it is cool. I like how there is a lot of stuff and how to build it and there are balls that fall down because of gravity,” according to Photos.
Photos was eager to learn more about all of the equipment and props that scientists, engineers, and astronauts use “My favorite thing here is the place where you get to dress up as an astronaut. I feel cool about wearing a spacesuit,” according to Photos. The World Science Festival has given children inspiration to continue to learn more and take part in science.