Astronauts Coleman and Garan perform the NASSA team's experiment aboard the ISS! View the video in CM & experiment w/ its hands-on exhibit!

NASA Names Winning Experiments In Kids Micro-G Challenge HOUSTON -- Astronauts aboard the International Space Station conducted experiments designed by middle school students from across the country. The winning proposals of the "Kids in Micro-g" Challenge are from California, Idaho, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington. The group is sponsored by The Children's Museum in Utica NY, where their exhibit will be permanently housed. Download the June 11th, 2011 Agenda.

In its second year, the program offers students in 5th-8th grades an opportunity to design experiments for testing in the microgravity environment. A team of representatives from NASA centers selected the winners from among 62 proposals. The experiments study the effect of weightlessness on various subjects and show what the environment reveals about the laws of physics. One of the winning experiments came from: -- Neighborhood After School Science Association [NASSA] in Ava, N.Y., for "Flight of Paper Rockets Launched by Air Cannon." This experiment determinse the direction and distance traveled by a paper air rocket launched in microgravity.

 

The Children's Museum of History, Science & Technology - serving Utica, Rome & the Mohawk Valley - hosts Rome students with their WLRM project chosen as a NASA finalis
The Children’s Museum of History,
Natural History, Science & Technology [CM] -
located at 311 Main Street, Utica, NY 13501
serving Utica, Rome, the Mohawk Valley & CNY


The JOIDES Resolution is a seagoing research vessel that drills core samples and collects measurements from under the ocean floor, giving scientists a glimpse into Earth’s development. Data from The JR's ocean drilling offers a scientific means of understanding climate and environmental change throughout a significant part of our planet’s history—a research subject often termed Earth's paleoclimate. The JR’s core samples are the “smoking gun” in evaluating many historical events related to paleoclimate, changes in the solid earth and more -- like the extinction of the dinosaurs, for example.

View OD article on NASSA team at space center!


Mon. Apr. 18th, 2011, a museum Press Conference includeded the presentation of awards to the NASSA Science Club who were named the 1st of 10 nation-wide finalists in "Students Innovate for a Better American Competition©" + presentation of a $1,000 check & the exhibit to the museum, their sponsors!

They developed an energy plant called G-BASH, which uses geothermal, biofuels, air solar & water as a solution to the energy crisis in America.

Check press coverage on our Facebook page. View May 2011 OD article. View 4-11 Agenda/P.R.


Presented to the NASSA [Neighborhood After School Science Association] in recognition of their being chosen 1st place in a nationwide contest! www.museum4kids.net *



The NASSA team poses by the DVD showing the astronauts on the ISS!

The NASSA team demonstrates the rockets exhibit conducted on the International Space Station with Astronauts!

The exhibit will remain as a permanet exhibit, joining the other NASSA team's wining exhibits, sponsored by the msueum

Joides Resolution Scientist presents a program to CM visitors

Two sharp young boys putting together a Joides Resolution ship puzzle!

Demonstration of two Joides Resolution cores


And presents their winning awards (left) as the team, the scientist, the NASSA parents & grandparent gather to enjoy more winning projects!



The NASSA team with L to R front row: Jennie Bulawa, Maryann Bulawa, Baylen Marschall, Adia Bulawa; L to R second row: Executive Director Marlene Brown, Ben Olney, Tyler Marshall, Fiona Dutcher, Lillith Bulawa, and their Mentor Dr. Beth Bulawa

The award winning exhibit, an energy plant called G-BASH, which uses geothermal, biofuels, air solar & water as a solution to the energy crisis in America, is displayed on museum's 4th floor.
April 2011 The Children's History, Science & Technology Museum

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Their awards: middle school winner in the Joides Resolution art design contest; 1 of 3 finalists in a Bubblewrap Invention Contest, NASA design challenge finalists & a Mars Rover naming finalist! Their exhibits & videos are on permanent display on the Museum's 4th floor!
Children's Museum of History, Science & Technology - serving Utica, Rome, & the Mohawk Valley - Hosts Student Project chosen a NASA finalist in nationwide contests including JOIDES Resolution ship, Bubble Wrap Young Inventors, and NASA's Waste Water Design Challenge

Joides explorer & scientist Mark Leckie presenting Lilly Bulawa with her award at the Capitol Theatre in Rome.

The Children's Museum proudly hosts NASSA [Neighborhood After School Science Association]

Museum Director Marlene Brown introduces the Joides explorer & NASSA team at the Children's Museum of CNY in Utica NY

The team explores cores brought up from the ocean floor

Left: Director Brown shows Mark our 4th floor; Above: Mentor Beth Bulawa with Mark Leckie & the NASSA team

July 1st - Thursday evening 6:00-7:00pm program at The Capitol Theatre in Rome: "Is Global Warming Real?: What We Have Learned from Deep-Sea Sediments" presented by Mark Leckie – Professor of Geology and Head of the Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts. There is considerable discussion and controversy in the news today surrounding the issue of global warming. Is global warming real? If so, is it related to human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels? During this presentation and discussion, we will consider some of the evidence for global warming today as well as the emerging and potential consequences. We will also consider evidence for abrupt warming (and cooling) events from our planet's past based on deep-sea sediment cores. These archives of Earth history provide compelling evidence that our ocean-climate system can change very rapidly under different types of environmental conditions. This promises to be a lively and engaging discussion. Mark will also present an award to 1 of 3 international contest winners, Lilly Bulawa, from the NASSA group the museum proudly hosts! Background: Mark Leckie has taught at UMass since 1985. Co-led the scientific instruction of the JOI/IODP School of Rock expedition in 2005. Since 2006, he has taught or co-taught numerous workshops about teaching with authentic scientific ocean drilling data for both teachers and students, including the Urbino (Italy) Summer School for Paleoclimatology. Leckie is a marine micropaleontologist and specializes in paleoceanography, particularly reconstructing ocean-climate history of the past 120 million years, and has published >50 peer-reviewed papers. He has participated in 7 DSDP/ODP scientific expeditions. Mark has served on the Education Subcommittee of US Advisory Committee, as well as other service panels of the Ocean Drilling Program. He has served as an associate editor of the Geology, Paleoceanography, and the Journal of Foraminiferal Research. Mark is a co-author of a classroom activity book: Investigating the Oceans, an Interactive Guide to the Science of Oceanography (Leckie and Yuretich, 2003).

 

July 2nd - Friday 10:00am to 1:00pm program at The Children's Museum in Utica NY: "Events from Earth History Revealed in Deep-Sea Sediment Cores"- with Mark Leckie. Why did the dinosaurs go extinct? Has global warming ever occurred in Earth's past? These questions can be explored by studying sediments that were deposited in the deep ocean. What are deep-sea sediments made of, and how can sediments tell us about the evolution of life or past climate change? Come see what deep-sea sediment cores look like and learn what secrets they reveal about our home planet's history. The interactive programs were for children of all ages with adults at The Children's & Science Museum of CNY, located at 311 Main Street, Utica NY. Mark presented an award to 1 of 3 int'l contest winners, Lilly Bulawa, from the NASSA group the museum proudly hosts! Reduced Special Admission $6. these two days.
July 3rd - Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm program: Repeat of Friday's program. Attendees at museum programs will receive posters, pencils, stickers etc. as giveaways. He teaches courses in Introductory Oceanography, History of the Earth, Field Methods, Micropaleontology, and Paleoceanography. Download Program



Lilly Bulawa, of Ava, is the Middle School winner in the JOIDES Resolution original artwork contest focusing on science and deep sea drilling. Above is her winning entry. A Scientist Explorer from the JOIDES Resolution international ship - a scientific research vessel, working on the Ocean Drilling Program, will be at The Children's Museum on July 2nd & July 3rd to present Lilly with her award, and conduct programs for children and families. A Community Program is also being arranged for Thursday night. In addition to the special award presentation, the scientist's program will make connections between Gas hydrates, global warming, & scientific ocean drilling. The vessel named for the HMS Resolution, commanded by Captain James Cook over 200 years ago, is 469 ft long & 69 ft) wide. Attendees at museum program will receive posters, pencils, stickers etc. as giveaways.


MaryAnn Bulawa, of Ava, 1 of 3 finalists in the Nat'l Bubble WrapR Competition for Young Inventors, entered by 2500 students in grades five through eight. The NASSA member won a 3-day trip to NYC, appeared on CBS Early Show, toured Bubble Wrap factory, and at a ceremony received her award and a U.S. Savings Bond. Entries were required to demonstrate ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporated the use of Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning. The Smart Toilet includes a "plunger", made of Bubble Wrap, which fits inside a hole made in a toilet seat cover and helps displace water - for conservation and energy. Bulawa’s mentor for the project was her mom, in cooperation with the Children’s Museum in Utica. The Smart Toliet, unveiled her at CM Sat, May 29th is a permanent museum exhibit.


5-28-10 Mary Ann Bulawa demonstrates her "Smart Toliet for YNN & Utica OD; R: Exec. Director Brown also interviewed by YNN TV as is mentor & CM Board Member, Beth Bulawa

5-28-10 Mary Ann demonstrates her "Smart Toliet" to children visiting CM * Media Coverage * Email * 3-10 Press Release * 3-10 Press Conf Agenda * 3-10 Science & Technology Fair

5-28-10 ED Brown presents proclamations to MaryAnn w/her Mom/Mentor

The Children's Museum of History, Science & Technology - serving Utica, Rome & the Mohawk Valley - hosts Rome students with their WLRM project chosen as a NASA finalis
4-13-10 The NASSA Team by their permanent exhibit on CM's 4th floor showing their Waste Management / Water Recyling design project - "Got Water!" The top WLMR Design Challenge Winners included our amazing NASSA team, receiving an Honorable Mention!

The Children's Museum of History, Science & Technology - serving Utica, Rome & the Mohawk Valley - hosts Rome students with their WLRM project chosen as a NASA finalis
The call from NASA affiliates around the country came in & the group gave an amazing presentation! (in background, grandmothers & CM Director)
The Children's Museum of History, Science & Technology - serving Utica, Rome & the Mohawk Valley - hosts Rome students with their WLRM project chosen as a NASA finalis
The NASSA [Neighborhood After School Science Association] team - seated L Beth Bulawa, Mentor; Standing L. to R.: Team members MaryAnn Bulawa, Tyler Marschall, Lillith Bulawa, Baylin Marschall, Ben Olney; Fiona Dutcher.
The Children's Museum of History, Science & Technology - serving Utica, Rome & the Mohawk Valley - hosts Rome students with their WLRM project chosen as a NASA finalis
The younger Bulawa sisters and Museum Executive Director Marlene Brown pose with the NASSA group after a successful presentation to NASA officials throughout the country!

The Children’s Museum of History, Science & Technology - serving Utica, Rome & the Mohawk Valley - is proud to announce that a student team project we are hosting has been named 1 of 20 finalists in a NASA nation-wide contest. Student teams were invited to design a water recycling system for future astronauts who will be living and working on the Moon. March 20th the student group and their mentor unveiled their exhibit and did a short presentation on their design. In a recent study, the National Academy of Sciences concluded “To be prepared for today's workforce, and able to understand the complex world in which we live, all Americans must have a solid education in science, mathematics, and technology”. This project will also be among this year’s Children’s Museum Science & Technology Fair exhibits, which features 15 student entries (30 students) from school districts throughout our area. Our museum helps stimulate young imaginations and strengthen families by promoting the importance of science, technology and cultural understanding through our exhibits, activities and programs. "Marlene. Congratulations to the Museum on the exciting report that a student team you are hosting has been named by NASA a finalist in the agency’s nation-wide contest.... deserves widespread attention. I continue to marvel at how much you and the Museum team do with limited resources. Keep up the great work which inspires young people to experience the awe and unlimited possibilities which derive from a personal and a national investment in history, science and technology. On the history part, we have to learn from the past so we can be prepared for the future. And science and technology? Wonderful career opportunities for young people and potential solutions to the problems and challenges we face on so many fronts. Wish I were going to be back home for the big event. Nevertheless, I’ll be thinking about the Museum, the fond personal memories of my involvement, and excitement of the unlimited potential it offers for the area, the people it serves and so many worthy objectives. As NASA is prone to say, Failure is not an option!” - Sherwood Boehlert, M.C. (Ret.) U.S. House of Representatives 1983-2007

The Children's Museum of History, Science & Technology - serving Utica, Rome & the Mohawk Valley - hosts Rome students with their WLRM project chosen as a NASA finalis
The Children's Museum of History, Science & Technology - serving Utica, Rome & the Mohawk Valley - hosts Rome students with their WLRM project chosen as a NASA finalist

Executive Director Marlene Brown introduces Rome Mayor Jim Brown, Rome CSD Superintendent Jeff Simons, Principal Tracy O’Rourke, Mentor Beth Bulawa & the group

The group begins their fantastic presentation called "Got Water?"

Group Members: MaryAnn Bulawa, Lillith Bulawa, Fiona Dutcher, Tyler Marschall, Baylin Marschall, Ben Olney

L to R behind students: Supt. Simons, Mayor Brown, Principal O'Rourke, Beth Bulawa

L to R behind students: Supt. Simons, Mayor Brown, Principal O'Rourke, Marlene Brown

Rome Mayor Jim Brown congratulates the group, their mentor, and the museum

As does Rome CSD Superintendent Simons

Utica City Councilman Frank Vescera congratulates the student group & the museum


Covered by: WKTV, Utica OD, Rome Sentinel

Museum Executive Director Marlene Brown, Mayor Jim Brown, Rome CSD Supt Simons

Museum board members in attendance: Above L to R: John Stephenson, Ed Waskiewicz, John Nogas; Right: Board member Brad Brown with the group

The Mayor, Superintendent & Principal join the students on our LED Play Dance floor!

Museum Executive Director Marlene discussing our NASA & Science exhibits with Supt Simons, Principal O'Rourke & Rome Mayor Jim Brown

Supt Simons (R.) enjoys NASA & Science exhibits w/student & parent

Principal O'Rourke watching students with interactive Science exhibits

Adia Bulawa, 1 of 9 NASA Name the Mars Rover finalists in 2009 by her exhibit
The Children's Museum's 4th floor holds many NASA exhibits, including Adia Bulawa's Mars Rover Contest finalist picture and winning essay
Adia Bulawa entry, Amelia, displayed between Interactive Space Scale & Mars Rover model

Adia Bulawa, 1 of 9 NASA Name the Mars Rover finalist, with Director Brown
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