Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Warm Temps Draw Crowds to Kids Week at Space Museum

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Warm Temps Draw Crowds to Kids Week at Space Museum

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NEW YORK - With a life-size globe to his left and a view of the solar system projected on a screen to his right, Kevin Hussey had the crowd's attention.

"Now you're going to see what NASA sees," he assured youngsters and parents who sat before him.

Onlookers shuffled in their seats as Hussey, a manager within NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, spoke. Hussey talked of the solar system, where unmanned missions are happening right this moment light-years away. All of this, he assured them, is something they had complete access to at home through a software called NASA's Eyes.

Hussey's display was just one of the dozens set up at the annual Kids Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan. The event kicked off Monday and concluded Saturday afternoon.

Unseasonably warm temperatures drew guests of all ages from the tri-state area and beyond to Pier 86, where the Intrepid, the 74- year-old aircraft carrier that was converted to a museum, sits immobile in the Hudson River.

Kids Week, which has become a decade-old tradition for the museum, serves to educate youngsters about science and technology. Each year, the event focuses on a different theme within the Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math field, or STEAM for short, said Anne Schruth, manager of public programs at the Intrepid. This year's theme, the science and art of games, aimed to show youngsters that learning about STEAM can be fun.

"We want to show them that even while playing a game, you're also learning about science," Schruth said. "We had a really good turnout this year - not just in terms of the amount of people that came out, but also with the engagement."

Inside the Intrepid, children and adults were greeted with a combination of American history and displays of modern technology at work. …

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