Saturday, May 31, 2014
Under the Brooklyn Bridge, and the stars, we got to experience NASA's portable learning lab and touch a real moon rock, learn about an upcoming mission to study a comet, see a sculpture of a comet, listen to talks by space program personnel, including Bobak Ferdowski, aka Mohawk Guy, the mission controller from the Curiosity Mars landing (and Mikro actually got to talk to him and ask him questions!), look at the moon through a powerful telescope, make a comet craft, and enjoy an amazingly beautiful night looking across the East River at the Manhattan skyline.
We went to the World Science Festival's Science Hack Day at NYU's Brooklyn engineering campus. We went to a bunch of talks on science projects such as Swabbing the City, building and acoustic map of NYC, historic research and landmark preservation using the latest technology, and Google Glass. We also got to try out Google Glass on a walk around the neighborhood and build a spectrometer that attaches to a smart phone. Lots of interesting science, and lots of fun! We also got a glimpse of the all day hack projects that teams were working on throughout the weekend.