A new pop-up has opened in the Meatpacking area of New York City and it offers all day fun with an educational twist.
The ARTech: Adventures in Art + Technology pop-up, a partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI.) giving children a way to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) through interactive activities.
To visit the ARTech pop-up you had to rsvp for an 1 hour playtime before checking out the playspace and activities. Once checked in, you are free to enjoy.
During our playtime we enjoyed the
The GIPHY GIF making station where my son learned how to plan out a simple animated film. Since my son has gotten into stop motion, this was a cool area for him. At the end we receive a link to our finished GIF, which we could share with family and friends.
Crafting/ Build a Microscope where my son designed and created his own microscope and space scene to view. We both really enjoyed this area.
ACCESS: Artist and Scientist Collaborations where my so learned about ecology, connected systems, sustainability and climate change through art installations created by artist-and-scientist teams.
Works include Monster in the Closet, an animated adventure by Laura Chipley and Hannah Zanowski that highlights the Southern Ocean’s role in regulating Earth’s climate; 1000 Fingers of Decision by Carrie Dashow and Matthew Liao, which explores the importance of an individual’s decision-making in addressing climate change; and more
Ball Pond After all that learning my son burned off some energy in a recreation of CMA’s infamous Ball Pond. Lots of laughs in this area.
Sadly our 1 hour playtime ended and we had to head out so another group of families can come inside to enjoy. This mean we didn't get a chance to learn more about the other areas but they seemed fun.
The ARTech playspace other activities included
Build It - Using award winning design kit, Rigamajig, children will add wooden planks, pulleys, cogs, nuts, bolts, and rope to their imagination to create wonders of creative engineering. Is it a car? Is it a train? No, it’s a thingamajig!
Velocity Area – What is the difference between speed and velocity? After designing and making their own custom wheeled projectiles, participants will shoot their rocket racers down the velocity ramps to consider what makes a vehicle go faster in one direction. Is the long smooth ramp faster or do the bumps in the shorter ramp help to increase speed?
Starlab – Families can experience the stars in the night sky and learn to star hop from key stars to their favorite constellations in the portable planetarium Starlab. iStop Motion and art making workshops will translate ideas about space into 2 and 3 dimensions!
Danny Rozin Installation – Have you ever seen an artwork that responds to your movement? Rozin’s giant pixelated painting mirrors movement to create a surprising moving shadow of each visitor.
ARTech is open to the public every Wednesday and Thursday from 3pm – 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 – 6p for the entire months of March and April at 451-459 West 14th Street.
To learn more and RSVP, visit www.artech.splashthat.com