New York Hall of Science Receives Federal Funding for Artificial Intelligence Project –

U.S. Representative Grace Meng announces that the New York Hall of Science has received federal funding for a project on artificial and natural intelligence.

(Photo courtesy of NYSCI)

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The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) will play a key role in the future of artificial and natural intelligence after U.S. Representative Grace Meng announced that the Flushing Meadows Corona Park institution has received nearly half a million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation over the next five years.

NYSCI will be part of a $20 million initiative led by Columbia University to create an AI Institute for Artificial and Natural Intelligence (ARNI), an interdisciplinary center that will bring together several leading research institutions to focus on a national priority: linking major advances in AI systems to the revolution in understanding the brain.

“For decades, NYSCI has had a tremendous impact in our region, increasing the scientific literacy of millions of students, teachers, and families, and I’m thrilled to have it part of this crucial new initiative,” Meng said. . “I look forward to seeing the work and contributions the NYSCI team brings to this project, and the impact it will have on visitors to our borough.”

NYSCI has also been selected by NASA to host solar eclipse community events. Photo courtesy of NYSCI

Over the next five years, NYSCI will serve as the museum’s collaborative outreach partner and youth residency program headquarters to develop and test new exhibit activities that foster public engagement around AI. and neuroscience. Through interactive public engagement, NYSCI will advance an element of the ARNI program: inviting young Americans and their families to discover how our brains work, how AI can help people see exciting aspects of being human by experimenting and understanding how memories are formed, and tinkering with how AI is the same and different from how humans think.

“NYSCI is excited to partner with the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Institute’s Youth Residency Program to engage Explainers, who are part of our flagship Science Career Ladder program, and foster public engagement around the ‘AI and neuroscience,” said Dr. Margaret Honey, President and CEO of NYSI. . “This five-year partnership will invite visitors and families to discover how our brains work and explore the intriguing connections between man and machine.”

Funding for the project is also provided by the Ministry of Defence. NYSI has also been selected by NASA to host a series of astronomy-related community events in the run-up to the April 2024 solar eclipse. Part of NASA’s Next Gen STEM program, NYSCI has been designated as a “community anchor” and will serve as a “local hub bringing STEM and NASA space science to students and families in traditionally underserved areas.” The solar eclipse will take place on April 8, 2024.

NYSCI is one of 17 institutions selected by NASA to receive grants to help bring these one- to two-year projects to fruition, enhancing local impact and building their capacity to build lasting connections between their communities and the Nasa. “Community Anchors” organize events that introduce space science to communities across the country and expand student participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

“The sky is our learning laboratory and a solar eclipse is a free science experiment that everyone can – and should – experience. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring the community together and share exciting and understandable STEM ideas” , said Honey, “We are thrilled to continue our strong working relationship with NASA and experience the majesty of the 2024 solar eclipse with the children and families of New York City.”

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