Under the Microscope: where women and science connect
Can Children Learn Science through Play?
Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone, the “Science Lady,” opened Storefront Science in New York City to provide kids with a space to explore and to make up for shortfalls in public education. A young boy approaches Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone, and asks, “How does this work?” of the Balloon Air Pressure Game. The contraption is as simple as the question: a container with a pump on the top and a deflated balloon inside. But it is not the question or the contraption, but rather the concept behind it that intrigues the boy as Ardizzone drives the air out of the container, causing the balloon to slowly inflate.
Storefront Science: A Learning Supplement In Washington Heights
Wedged between a hair salon and a donut shop, a lime green awning on 181st street near Bennett Avenue in Washington Heights marks an experiment in education. Called Storefront Science, it is Leonisa Ardizzone’s response to what she said is poor science education in New York City’s public schools. On a recent Wednesday, 10-year old Allison Pasbgerg sat with six classmates in “Let There Be Light,” a class on electricity and energy. Ardizzone had just explained the principle of potential versus kinetic energy. Allison put five silver marbles next to each other in a row and knocked the end one with a sixth marble. She watched how the movement passed from one marble to the next.
DNAinfo.com New York neighborhood news
Storefront Science Workshops Let Children Learn Through Exploration
HUDSON HEIGHTS — A year ago, Claudia Rogoff was walking down West 181st Street with her family when she noticed something gazing at them through the window of a storefront — chickens and tarantulas preserved in jars. Her children, Maxim and Karina, quickly ran in the store to explore, Rogoff recalled. “I thought, ‘Wow!’” Rogoff, 35, added. “What place could this be, ’cause this is pretty cool.” Rogoff thought that she was entering a lab of some kind. As it turned out, she wasn’t too far off — they had walked into uptown’s only children-specific science workshop.
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An Experiment in Storefront Science Education
It is difficult for people to walk past Storefront Science in Washington Heights without stopping to stare. Tucked between a beauty salon and a Dunkin’ Donuts, the front window of Storefront Science is filled with specimens – a sea snail, a frog, a baby chick – all carefully preserved in glass jars. Leonisa Ardizzone, the owner, put the jars there to attract attention to the small, for-profit science center.
Storefront Science Profile
New York Magazine
Voted Best of New York 2012, New York Magazine
Baby Scientists and Beyond
Great teaching centers for … Future Einsteins
Consider this Washington Heights space your child’s private lab. Run by Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone, a Ed.D. who used to head the nonprofit Salvadori Center (a math-science-and-engineering program for city schools), the shop has stations set up where kids can perform experiments. On Fridays and weekends, families can drop in—cost is $10 per child, and visitors can stay as long as they want—and check out specimens under a microscope, play with marbles to learn about the laws of physics, and more. After-school programs and day camps, too, plus accommodation for home-schooled kids.
Hands on, up close: where science and fun meet
It was the critters in a jar that captivated Luca Antonio.
One by one, he picked up embalmed specimens of a tarantula, octopus, clam, water bug, and frog and closely inspected them.
“The ones I really like are the sea animals,” Luca, 10, said.
Luca and the other kids, out for a weekend visit to Storefront Science, were playing, but they were also learning.
CBS New York
NYC’s 5 Best Places & Events For Science Lovers
… The philosophy behind Storefront Science is that learning is fun. Founder and science educator Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone created a space for kids to play and be inspired by science. Kids come for after school programs, day camps and weekend programs. Children explore topics in natural science, engineering and physics. You’re never too young to start learning.