Thank You Delta Sigma Theta Sorority!

The Queens Alumna Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. holds up an honored tradition by making a contribution of $1245.00 on 6/10/2017 to the Lewis Howard Latimer Fund, Inc., to help the museum enhance its educational and programmatic projects, in addition to various activities that pay tribute to Lewis H. Latimer and showcase the contributions of African American scientists to the American way of living.

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From right to left, Diane Webster from Delta Sigma Theta, Alfred Rankins and Ran Yan from Lewis H. Latimer House.

Want to join the league of Delta Sigma Theta in affirmation of humanity and support for African American heritage? Make a donation today

Queens Writes Weekend & Wavelengths Reading

Lewis H. Latimer House participated in the annual Queens Writes Weekend on 5/20, with the site theme “Rainbow Haikus,” and Queens-based writer Sherese Francis as Site Captain. We were surprised and delighted to learn the love of haikus many writers share, eg. Richard Wright, Sonia Sanchez, and Jack Kerouac all published books of haikus.

Here are some of the haikus the participants wrote we’d like to share with you:

“My face is changing:
a constellation of spots
brands me to the sky”
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“Bedbug so tiny
moving materialism

almost telepathically”.

— Nancy Agabian
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“Drops of rain plop off
the edge of the roof
A storm’s wild heartbeat”
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“Sidewalk of tiny ants
Walking shoes, giant feet dance
a delicate dance”
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“Floating bubbles from
unblinking eyes, scaly mouth
water, being, breath”
(based on a student’s artwork in the museum’s Tinker Lab)
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— Sherese Francis
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Following the Queens Writes Weekend 2017, the Latimer House hosted reading event Wavelengths with Queens Writers Lab, a literary peer group organized by Queens Council on the Arts. A big thank-you to all the writers who shared their works!

#WAVELENGTHS #reading with #QueensWritersLab. Thank you for sharing the amazing works! @queenscouncilarts @hhtnyc @nyscouncilonthearts

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Light Spectrum Opens at Latimer House Museum

On April 15, visitors gathered around under the last blossom of cherry trees to see the new outdoor sculpture piece of Lewis H. Latimer House, Light Spectrum, created by Queens-based artist Antonia A Perez. NY1 reporter captured the view of Light Spectrum before the event in this video:

 

“A Flushing museum brings in a new sculpture to encourage people to learn about an unsung pioneer of electricity.

Light Spectrum is now on display at the Lewis H Latimer House Museum on 137th Street.

Latimer helped invent part of the incandescent light bulb.

The sculpture is made of lamp shades covered in crocheted plastic and is meant to show how light works.

“Light is the way I see color, the way we all see color. It’s very important. Color is one of the most crucial elements in all of my work and I really value Latimer as an inventor, making the light bulb possible,” said Antonia A. Perez, Artist, Light Spectrum.

“Through art, people can get to know the idea of light, cultural activities here and then get to know Lewis Latimer,” said Ran Yan, Program Director, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum.

There will also be a poetry workshop in May and a crochet workshop in June at the museum.

Light Spectrum will be on display through August sixth.”

 

The Light Spectrum and associated programs are made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the historic house Trust’s Contemporary Art Partnerships program, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Community Trust. This sculpture is part of NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program.

LatimerNOW Tinkerer – Electronic Instrument Wrap Up

The participants of the Electronic Musical Instrument project at The Lewis H. Latimer House Museum have completed their musical instruments!

The little #inventors at #tinkerlab #jamming at the last session of Electronic Instrument. #tinkering #STEAM #technologyrocks #LatimerNOW

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For the past eight Sundays, the participants of these projects have been experimenting with new digital media and design practices to bring to life the beauty of expression born of two disciplines which often seem diametrically opposed – art and technology.
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Our exploration into the conductive properties of matter began as an enquiry through the following question: Are human beings conductive? Participants tested their understanding by forming a human circuit composed of people and electronics. Participants realized that the electrons in their own bodies helped to close a circuit linked to electronic devises, turning on computer-programmed sounds.
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Parallel to completing their final projects, participants held true to maker form and Latimer spirit by completing mini projects such as Sketch it Play it, which demonstrates the conductivity of graphite, Electromagnetic Mazes, which demonstrates the conductivity of Play Doh, and Jarlar Keys, exploiting the conductive properties of water. Throughout these projects, participants practically and schematically understood voltage, current, and resistance, the three components making electricity flow through their circuits. The compatibility of the Scratch and The Funkey Funkey interface allowed participants to program various musical instrument sounds using the scratch-X code that enables a conductive object to be transformed into an on/off button.
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On the final day of their projects, families joined to see youth participants play their chosen pieces of music on flute, guitar, bass guitar, piano, and drums. We are extremely proud of these youth participants who stuck with their commitment and their parents who helped making this project a success and an inspiration.
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We hope to see you all at our next session starting March 26 2017: Biologically Inspired Robots!!!

Karioki Crosby
LatimerNOW Tinker Lab Educator

Lewis H. Latimer House’s Tinker Lab Featured in PIX11 Morning News

We wanted to share with all this lovely video report that PIX11 did on the Tinker Lab activities with school kids in Latimer House.
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It is truly rewarding and fun to see the Tinkering in action, and the children explaining Latimer’s technology legacy exhibited in the Latimer House!
 

Tinker Lab 2017 Spring Class 2: Biologically-Inspired Robot

8-Week Immersive Class: (best for children 7-13 years old)

1:30pm – 4:30pm on each Sunday

March 26 – May 14

The Tinker Lab class in Biologically-Inspired Robot has been expanded to 8 weeks, building on the foundation of past classes. Students will be able to enjoy a comprehensive experience in programming and design using several different software. To keep the tinkering fun affordable, the new class is set at the same hourly price with the 5-week class in 2016.

Access online registration here.

Download the syllabus for Biologically Inspired Robot.

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Tinker Lab 2017 Spring: Electronic Instrument Class

Video: Our #STEAM #educator Karioki playing with #electronic #guitar and #drum made in #TinkerLab.

8-Week Immersive Class: 1:30pm – 4:30pm on each Sunday, January 22 – May 12 (best for children 7-13 years old.)

The Tinker Lab class in Electronic Instrument has been expanded to 8 weeks, building on the foundation of past classes in Bio Bot. Students will be able to enjoy a comprehensive experience in programming and design using several different software. To keep the tinkering fun affordable, the new class is set at the same hourly price with the 5-week class in 2016.

Access online registration here.

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Tinker Lab: Electronic Instrument Class

– Learning Targets & Common Core Standards

S.T.E.A.M.

Eight-week project-based session exploring electricity, circuitry and programming using a micro- controller called the Funkey Funkey. In addition to many activities participants will work in groups to create a set of instruments that will be played during our culminating event.

SKETCH IT! PLAY IT!

Participants will sketch instruments with pencil and paper, program their artwork to a jam session with sound, and get ready to rock out!

Technology: Sound Plant, Scratch, Funkey Funkey, Circuit Boards

Common Core: Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.

CREATE A MUSICAL ROOM!

Participants will create a room that they will play like an instrument!

Technology: Sound Plant, Scratch, Funky Funky, Circuit Boards

Common Core: Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.

THE JOURNEY!

Participants will design a challenging adventure and play two worlds full of obstacles and dangers! Just Remember to stay on the path…

Technology: Sound Plant, Scratch, Funkey Funkey, Circuit Boards

Common Core: Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.

MAGNETIC MAZES!

Create your own squishy circuit labyrinth and navigate it using magnets under a table for a time score.

Technology: Sound Plant, Scratch, Funkey Funkey, Circuit Boards

Common Core: Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.

JARLAR KEYS

A fun DIY way of turning recycling materials into a creative musical project using empty jars filled with water and a Funkey Funkey.

Technology: Sound Plant, Scratch, Funkey Funkey, Circuit Boards

Common Core: Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.

BEAT BALLS!

An experiment that uses juggling and sound.

Technology: Sound Plant, Scratch, Funkey Funkey, Circuit Boards

Common Core: Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.

INTERACTIVE ZINE

Make a zine that triggers soundscapes and animations programmed in scratch.

Technology: Sound Plant, Scratch, Funky Funkey, Circuit Boards

Common Core: Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.

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*Download the Electronic Instrument class’ Learning Targets here.

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Queens Writers on the Complexities of Making Home

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On the Friday evening of November 4th 2016, we had a special reading in the house by an Artist Peer Circle of the Queens Council on the Arts. Four writers based in Queens―and with roots in China, Croatia, Kosovo, South Africa, Taiwan, and other parts of the Americas―find, lose, and make their way home through fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Readers: Artrit Bytyci, Malcolm Chang, Catherine Kapphahn, and Doreen Wang.
Facilitator: Tim Fredrick.

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Our favorite moments of the night include Doreen Wang explaining the two kinds of home — the one you were born into and the one you create by building your own family, Artrit Bytyci telling the story of his grandma being dislocated from her home because of the political turmoil in the communist countries and breaking the mental borders, Catherine Kapphahn’s journey of collecting and putting together pieces of her mom through continuous “guessing, imagining, and searching,” and lastly, how Malcolm Chang faced and combated racial disparity and white supremacy as a Chinese diaspora in South Africa.

We also just simply loved having a group of diverse writers and audience in the historic home of Lewis H. Latimer in Flushing, Queens, echoing his personal path of defining a humane home against all odds.

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To read the writers’ biographies, please visit the event page of Queens Council on the Arts or the LatimerNOW Instagram account.

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Highlights: Maker Faire + Tinkering Lab Open House & Fall Class Syllabus

Good news! We won the Best in Class at the 2016 Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science from October 1 to October 2. Thank you all for joining us. We hope to see you again next year!


 

On October 9, we held our own Tinkering Lab Open House at the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum. With a full house of participants, the Tinkering Lab demonstrated to the parents and children what fun they can enjoy while learning science and arts in the museum.

The fall class is almost full with a month left before starting. If you’d like to sign up, please go to our online application before space runs out.


 

The 2016 Fall Tinkering Lab Class Syllabus is available to download below:

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Fall Class Now Open at Tinkering Lab! 秋季科技创意课程报名

We are continuing the explorational education here at the Tinkering Lab through the fall with Sunday programs in science and art!

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Tinkering Lab 2016 Fall classes are held from Nov. 6 to Dec. 4 on Sundays, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, for $150.

Class size is limited to 10-12 children, open to children about 6-12 years old.

Class will teach children the basic mechanics of robots, to design and build biologically inspired robots, and to combine the use of scientific principles and artistic rules.

Learning Targets:

  • I can use the Engineering and Design Cycle to inform the way I plan and create my projects.
  • I can identify basic mechanisms in everyday objects
  • I can develop questions that help me design an objects purpose and function.
  • I can understand different types of forces and the directions in which they occur in a basic mechanism.
  • I can think through a motion both visually and spatially and hypothesize how it might occur.
  • I can design a mechanism that mimics movement in a plant or animal.
  • I can identify behavioral and physical characteristics of an animal and model them using robotics.
  • I can connect external devices (input output) to a micro-controller.
  • I can develop a computer program that controls the external devises and mimics an animal’s behavior.

For registration information, please visit our online system.

You can also register by walking in or calling in during our opening hours: 12pm-5pm, Wed. Fri. Sun.

Tinkering Lab Open House will be held on Sunday Oct. 9, 1pm-5pm. You can view our September event and Tinkering Lab 2016 Summer Camp wrap-up here.


 

2016秋季拉提莫博物馆举办科技创意课程的时间为11月6日至12月4日,每周日下午1:30至4:30,面向6-12岁儿童,班级学生人数不多于12人。确认报名后恕不退还学费。如博物馆因人数不足取消课程,将退还全部费用。报名详情请访问网上系统。您也可以在博物馆开放时间(星期三、五、日,12点至5点)电话或现场报名。

拉提莫博物馆将于10月9日星期日下午1点至5点举办科技创意教室免费开放日,欢迎参与。9月活动信息及2016夏令营回顾请点击此处

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