A Manhattan street fair this past weekend brought space down to earth and much, much more. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report.
More than a slice of science, a street fair Sunday organized by the The World Science Festival transformed Washington Square Park into a lab. But it wasn't your school's science fair. For one, visitors could hop aboard a flight simulator.
"I though it was it was really cool and fun and it was actually easy to control once you know the basics," said one fair visitor.
Booths on everything under the stars and beyond gave kids and adults an up close and personal understanding about the world around them.
"It's changing the cultural perception that science is not just this thing you do because you have to do it in the classroom, it's something that you want to do because it's the coolest most exciting thing that you can imagine," said World Science Festival Co-founder Brian Greene.
"It's awesome because they learn in school but to come out and actually do it with the child and to actually see you working with them and doing activities also it's great. I love it," said one parent.
"Everything around you is science and if you don’t like science, then you don’t like anything," said one young visitor.
Fair goers dressed the part and even played the part. At the Time Warner Cable meteorology booth, kids reported on the weather. At another booth, folks whipped up scents using chemistry as their guide.
While the fair bustled with interactive exhibits, the human to human connection helped to make the experience here out of this world, like a meet and greet with astronaut Mike Massimino, who's logged nearly 600 hours in space.
"I could remember Neil Armstrong. I was six years old when he took those steps. I grew up on Long Island and watched that happen and dreamt about being an astronaut and that's still an option for these kids. So I want them to know that's something they can do with their lives," Massimino said.