As many of your probably already know, the World Science Festival is going on now. While there are lots of very interesting (but somewhat expensive for a family) talks and lectures, there are two free events which are interesting and fun:
- The science fair in Washington Square Park on Sunday July 6th
- The full scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) currently on display at Battery Park (read about it here). NASA ships this out to various conferences and meetings, and is really impressive (yes, they are going to launch something that big into space on a rocket - not a shuttle.) JWST is one of the biggest projects going on in astronomy today (esp. space-based astronomy). To learn more about it, listen to this interview with Dr. Mark Clampin of NASA.