City of Science, the touring mini-metropolis of mind-expanding demonstrations and hands-on activities for families, returns to Lehman College on Sunday, March 11. Presented by the World Science Festival and Con Edison, City of Science is a series of free day-long events—one in each of New York City’s five boroughs—that engage New Yorkers in the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math. Visitors can launch objects 20 feet in the air with a seismic accelerator, walk on water, topple seven-foot tall dominoes, create an orbiting solar system at the Warped Space Gravity Simulator, and explore a variety of mind-bending challenges and puzzles.
Lehman College of The City University of New York hosts the Bronx edition of City of Science at the APEX (250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Gate 7), 10 a.m. to 4p.m.
“We are proud to host this wonderfully entertaining and educational event here on our campus for Bronx families,” said Dr. José Luis Cruz, the President of Lehman College. “As always, Lehman College is committed to lifting up the proud and resilient borough that is our home—the Bronx. We look forward to having families explore the incredible City of Science and its inspiring exhibits.”
At City of Science, neighborhood science and community organizations lead hands-on activities. Local experts—teachers, university professors, and professional scientists—are present at each demonstration or activity, to guide visitors through the science behind it.
City of Science is a signature event of the internationally acclaimed World Science Festival. Through 70-plus events over five days (May 29th to June 3rd this year), the annual Festival offers a broad general audience an unparalleled opportunity to engage with scientific discoveries, the thinkers behind them, and their wide-ranging political and cultural implications. City of Science extends the Festival’s presence to include programs throughout the year and across the City.
“We are thrilled to take City of Science to the Bronx, and to give children and families of this vibrant community a day to experience science through hands-on play, interactive learning and engaging explanations,” said Tracy Day, Co-Founder and CEO of the World Science Festival. “We’re deeply grateful to Con Edison for their generous support and partnership, and to Lehman College and its President, Dr. José Luis Cruz, for hosting this exciting installment of City of Science.”
“Through science, we keep our environment clean, design and build infrastructure, create smarter cities, and discover ways to help needy people all over the world,” said Frances A. Resheske, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Con Edison. “The exhibits and activities City of Science brings to all five boroughs fascinate, entertain, teach, and intrigue kids and adults. The women and men of Con Edison are proud of our sponsorship of this festival of learning and fun.”
About Lehman College
The City University of New York’s only four-year college in the Bronx, serving the borough and surrounding region as an intellectual, economic, and cultural center. Lehman provides undergraduate and graduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and professional education within a dynamic research environment. With a diverse student body of more than 13,000, Lehman offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs. Ranked as having the fourth highest mobility rate in the nation by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Equality of Opportunity Project, Lehman is a proud catalyst for economic and social mobility for its students, almost half of whom are first generation college students.
About the World Science Festival
The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Through discussions, debates, theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City and beyond. The annual live, week-long Festivals, which launched in 2008, have collectively drawn more than 2.5 million visitors worldwide, with millions more viewing the programs online. The World Science Festival’s original musical and theatrical works tour nationally and internationally. March 2016 marked the launch of World Science Festival Brisbane. World Science U is the Foundation’s online education arm, where students and lifelong learners can dive more deeply through artfully produced digital education content presented by world-renowned scientists.
About Con Edison
Con Edison supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations in New York City and Westchester County to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain communities and improve lives. These philanthropic efforts support the arts, environment, and important educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many of Con Edison’s 14,000 employees share a personal commitment to the region’s vitality through their own volunteer efforts and also choose to support education by utilizing the company’s matching gifts program.