BY NATHAN DUKE
The New York Hall of Science will host programs on everything from cheese making to creating robots out of wood in March.
The science museum, which is located at 47-01 111th St. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, will kick off its March programs with NYSCI After Dark: Connected Cheese 2018, a class aimed at ages 21 years and older that will feature a 20-minute workshop on cheese making and aging as well as tastings of cheese made by local purveyors. Admission is $15. A cash bar for the event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 26, will be available all night.
On March 16, the museum will host Brain Day from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event, which is part of the city’s Brain Awareness Week, will include activities, exhibits and even some real brains. The museum will help attendees to understand the brain’s different parts and how it allows people to sense their environment and control their muscles. The event, which is recommended for ages 4 and above, is free with admission.
Youths will be able to design and build Woodbots, robots made out of wood, during a workshops that begin at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on March 17, 18, 24 and 25. Participants will shape their wood pieces with saws and drills and use high-tech elastic technology to make their creations posable. The event, which is aimed at ages 6 and above, costs $5 per child/adult pair.
The museum will host Magnificent Magnets at 10:30 a.m. on March 18. During the event, children will investigate the power of magnets and exploring the magnetic fields of everyday objects. The event is aimed at ages 18 months and above.
Admission is $6 per child.
On March 18, the museum will also conduct a demonstration and tasting of a healthy vegan pudding made with dates and honey. Audience members will receive recipe handouts during the event, which is aimed at ages 4 and above.
Demonstrations begin at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
There will be an advance screening of the first episode of One Strange Rock, a documentary series that explores the fragility and wonder of Earth from the perspective of astronauts, at 10 a.m. on March 20. The series is hosted by Will Smith, directed by Darren Aronofsky and was filmed across 45 countries, six continents and in outer space over the course of a year.
On March 23, the museum will host STEM Night: Women in STEM from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students in middle school, high school and college will be able to learn about the variety of careers that women have conquered in STEM fields. The event includes hands-on activities, career conversations with women leaders and networking. Chaperones are required for students under age 16. Light refreshments are provided and RSVP is required.
On March 25, the museum will host Tinkering Engineers, during which children will explore and build with everyday household materials and tools, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 25. The program is recommended for ages 18 months and older and costs $6 per child.
And from late March to Nov. 30, the museum will keep its Science Playground open during regular hours. The playground, which is the largest of its type in the United States, features 60,000 square feet of exhibits for children of all ages, including slides, seesaws, climbing webs, a water play area, drums, mirrors and sand boxes. Admission is $5.
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