Museum of Science and Technology

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You wouldn’t think a red footed tortoise, porcupine, boa constrictor, and other animals would be found in a science museum.   But now through mid-March, a more than two dozen animals will be on display at the Museum of Science and Technology as part of a visiting exhibit called "Natures Ninjas." 

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Central New York has progressed through the four phases designed by the state to restart the economy. But where do we go from here?


Central New York teens have the chance this summer to participate in a STEAM summer day camp that results in helping someone in need.  It’s called “Hand in Hand”, where students entering 7th through 12th grades will work in teams to design and fabricate prosthetic hands for local youth and seniors using 3-D printers. 

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Venues in Central New York that count on ticket sales and foot traffic to sustain them are facing uncertain times in the coming months as the closures due to COVID-19 drag on.  WAER News brings you the first in a series of stories on museums, theaters, as well as musicians wondering what’s next.

This time of year is typically the peak time for school field trips at the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse.  President Lauren Kochian says they’re missing out on $90,000 in revenue from 18,000 students that would ordinarily stream through the doors between mid-March and the end of the school year.

NY State Grant Will Help MOST Make Updates and Repairs

Oct 16, 2019
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A state grant of half-a-million dollars announced Wednesday will ward off problems that threatened to close or damage parts of Syracuse’s Museum of Science and Technology.  MOST President Lauren Kochian has been struggling to make repairs to the 112-year-old Armory that houses the museum.

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The MOST is about to allow visitors to get inside their own heads by examining how the brain functions and the many neurological disorders and diseases being treated locally.  BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head will open in September. 

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About 50 Central New York eighth graders are spending the week conducting experiments and other field work as they learn about the region’s watershed.

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Young Central New York students were learning about climate change Monday as part of what they’d need to know as an environmental scientist.  It’s one of a series of day camps held this week at the Museum of Science and Technology, with each day focusing on a specific career. 

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Fans of the popular, life-size dinosaur exhibit that’s visited the Museum of Science and Technology many times over the years will soon be able to see it anytime.  The MoST announced today that they’re devoting three-thousand square feet of space for a permanent exhibit called Dino Zone.  MOST president Lauren Kochian says the dinosaurs have always been popular over the past three decades.

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The Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse talked to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station Friday morning, asking him questions about his job and life in space.  The ISS was traveling at about 17,000 miles per hour as Astronaut Mark Vande-Hei took the time to answer a series of questions from the children. 12-year old Mhubiri was excited for the opportunity to talk to the astronaut.

 “I actually thought about being an astronaut so today was a very exciting event for me so I was very happy I was able to talk to him and ask him some questions.”