You may have been to dozens of street fairs, but likely not many like Google's Geek Street Fair, which showcases technology on city streets. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
For big cities like New York, street fairs, especially during the summer, are hardly news. There's seemingly one around every corner. But there aren't many like the so-called "Geek Street Fair," organized by Google.
"The Geek Street Fair is something we've organized to bring a lot of technology and the science and mathematics out of the places where it is in around New York, hidden away in buildings, bring out here onto the street in Manhattan and give people a chance to get hands on with some of the technology that's being developed right here," says Craig Nevill-Manning, engineering director with Google.
Booths at the fair include one from First Robotics for creating and manipulating little robots. The American Museum of Natural History that helps people see a closeup view of the sun without harming their eyes and a close up view of animal jawbones without hurting their limbs.
There are art museums, universities and the Math Museum at the fair. The Liberty Science Center is helping teach lessons through Rubik's Cubes.
"We have speed cubers that can solve that cube in under 10 seconds," says Mary Meluso of the Liberty Science Center. "We have a robot that can solve the cube, and then we're letting kids take a screwdriver to a cube and actually see what the mechanism inside is."
From organizers to the children, most seem to agree they like the format because it's a good way to kind of sneak in some hands-on learning during the summer in a very summer-y way.
"I think that's really what's sort of missing in schools," says Sherry Huss of Maker Media. "You can read about it, but until you actually do it, touch it, feel it, make it happen, light an LED, it really doesn't mean a whole lot. So this is an experience that a lot of kids don't get to have."
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