Sunset and a drill rig in Northeastern Colorado (CREDIT: ).
Steve Howell (left), NASA and Bill Yosses, White House Pastry Chef, present "Cooking on Exoplanets" at the World Science Festival SOS exhibit (Credit: Hilary Peddicord, CIRES)
Sunset and a drill rig in Northeastern Colorado (CREDIT: ).
Students take part in an experiment as part of a school program developed by NOAA and NYU for the World Science Festival. (Credit: Sora An)

SOS featured at the World Science Festival in New York City

June 19, 2014

It was a full schedule for NOAA's Science On a Sphere® (SOS) – a feature attraction at this year’s World Science Festival in New York City. From May 28th through June 1st, SOS was displayed at New York University (NYU), where speakers from NOAA and other organizations used the interactive sphere to demonstrate their science and answer questions. A variety of creative topics were covered, from "Take Cover! Extreme Weather and Forecasting" to "Cooking on an Exoplanet" to "Anthropocene - Visualizing Humans as the Dominant Forces of Change on the Planet." Along with animations of severe weather and historic storms, audiences watched special spherical movies about space, tsunamis, and the water cycle, and also met some of the scientists who study our climate. On Sunday alone, approximately 175,000 people came to the World Science Street Fair, and nearly 2,000 people visited SOS throughout the week.

"The World Science Festival was a very important venue for the traveling Science On a Sphere exhibit,” said Hilary Peddicord, who works at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory through the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). "After every presentation, swarms of people had questions about NOAA science, and NOAA's role in climate change policy and education. People are obviously eager to learn more about the state of our planet, and what they can do to be better stewards of it."

In addition to general public hours, the exhibit hosted an invitation-only program for schools called, "What Goes Around Comes Around: Oceans, Atmosphere and Weather". Led by Peddicord, the program – suggested for grades three through five – was a joint effort between NOAA and NYU's Courant Institute. Students learned how the Earth's rotation affects the movement of oceans and atmosphere by doing an experiment using a rotating water tank, dye, a ruler, and a non-rotating water tank.

The World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation's mission is to "cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future."

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