Build Your Own Rocket, Make Your Own Slime at New York Hall of Science

By Katie Honan on February 18, 2014 8:32am 

 The weeklong exhibit features hands-on demonstrations and activities for kids.
The weeklong exhibit features hands-on demonstrations and activities for kids.
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CORONA — Where can you make your own slime, learn about nanocrystals and talk to an operator from NASA's mission control? In Queens.

The New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is celebrating Engineering Week with exhibits and activities focused on building, learning and creating.

On Tuesday, kids can learn about nanoengineering, as well as the small-scale conversion of heat and energy through nanocrystal and "liquid goo" demonstrations.

Then on Wednesday, a missions operations integrator with NASA will Skype in from the Kennedy Space Center to answer questions about how he helps engineer missions in space.

Chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and biology and engineering round out the rest of the week, with hands-on activities for children that include rocket building and the chance to make a DNA helix.

All activities are free with admission to NYSCI and the activities will be run by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

NYSCI is located at 47-01 111th St., Corona. The program runs through Friday, Feb. 21. Activities run all day, with varying start times. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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