STEAM the Streets

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STEAM the Streets brings science and engineering experiences to students in unexpected places in New York City! Learners often experience science within the classroom, when in fact science is happening all around us: from the roots of trees pushing up sidewalks, to nests that sparrows build in lamp posts, to the steam that rises up from manhole covers. STEAM the Streets provides opportunities for learners to explore the science of their neighborhoods.

We will be at street fairs, city parks, community and church sponsored events, block parties, and other unexpected places within the five boroughs!


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Find us on the streets!

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May 14 - May 20
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    Uni at Sara D. Roosevelt Park – Hester St

    12:00 PM-3:00 PM
    167-191 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002, USA
    167-191 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002, USA

    Come explore science books at the Uni portable reading room. Observe ants and other urban specimens through microscopes and magnifying glasses at a portable science lab developed in partnership with The Uni Project.

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    Super Saturday STEM Expo

    11:00 AM-3:00 PM
    40 W 143rd St, New York, NY 10037, USA
    40 W 143rd St, New York, NY 10037, USA

    Super Saturday is a one day expo in NYC, designed for youth and families, featuring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) demonstrations, hands-on activities and exhibits led by organizations and public school students. The goal is to create a high-quality experience for families. From solar power to the science of nutrition, to educational video games, children and adults will participate in a wide array of activities showcasing the diversity of the STEM fields and their infinite applications to the real world. The 2017 expo takes place on Saturday, May 20th at the Harlem Armory.

    Sweet Spot Festival

    3:00 PM-5:00 PM
    Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10027, USA
    Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10027, USA

    The Sweet Spot Festival is returning to Harlem for its 6th year in a row.

    Join us as we usher in the summer season on​ Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ the West Harlem Pier from 3-9PM powered by our dear partners Summer on The Hudson and Everyday People. As always, it’s FREE so bring the entire family for an afternoon of dancing, shopping, eating and much more.

    Visit STEAM the Streets on the Baylander during the festival! What happens when water from the ocean reaches freshwater from a river? Do the two types of water mix? Do they stay separate? They actually mix all the way up the river and at different parts of the river. That’s what makes it an estuary! And, did you know that NYC has an estuary of its own? The Hudson River! Join us on the Baylander to learn about New York’s own estuary, how to measure salinity (the salt water percentage along a river), and to create your scaled model of the Hudson River.


STEAM the Streets has been created through a grant from the Simons Foundation for their Science Sandbox Program. This initiative is dedicated to creative science engagement, with a particular aim of engaging people with the process of science in unlikely places in order to expand their critical thinking skills and empower them to make more informed decisions.



In partnership with Uni Project, the DOT, and GrowNYC