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NYC Plays Host To World Science Festival

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The World Science Festival is taking over the city with free events designed to inspire kids and adults to explore different frontiers of science. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

Science can be fun and exciting, right? Well, when you explain it like experts at the World Science Festival do, children say it can be amazing.

“In my science classes, we didn’t work with robots, so this is my first time ever seeing one of these," said one child. "I think it's pretty cool.”

Hundreds of children who got a chance to explore the world of science and technology at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University as part of the fifth annual World Science Festival.

On Saturday, events were held at two locations in Brooklyn, where many witnessed quantum levitation of foil disks that floated in mid-air after being dipped into liquid nitrogen. While that was cool for some, the robots were the biggest hit for most.

"I wanted to come to the fair today because my dad says there's robotics," said one boy at the festival. "I love Legos and I love to work with the robotics."

The event was one of 50 being held over the course of five days to get more young people thinking about science and how it applies to our everyday lives and the possibilities for tomorrow.

At Brooklyn Bridge Park, some budding scientists learned about marine ecology and astronomy.

"We wanted to bring science to the public in a very new way," said Tracy Day, the co-founder and CEO of the festival. "Not in a dry academic way but really in a very creative and innovative way."

“I think the main point is it isn’t just textbooks and things you read but it's cool stuff you do," said Elizabeth Lusskin of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. "You can imagine and do with your hands and you can use technology you are familiar with, like your smart phone or even just your body.”

The festival wraps up Sunday with the Ultimate Science Street Fair in Washington Square Park.

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