The Goethe-Institut Volunteer Opportunity

The Goethe-Institut New York is currently seeking student volunteers interested in giving guided tours of the exhibition “Rethinking – Learning from Nature” for middle and high school students.  The exhibition will be shown from 10/05/15 – 10/25/15 at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 (Jacobs Building).  30-minute guided tours will be needed between 10am and 3pm on the weekends October 10th, 11th, 17th (afternoon only), 18th, 24th and 25th.  Goethe-Institut is offering $50 gift cards to volunteers.  If interested, please contact Olga Liamkina at for details.

About the exhibition

Co-presented with the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, the interactive exhibition “Rethinking – Learning from Nature” aims to raise awareness of environmental themes by examining the past, showcasing the present, and offering a glimpse of the future.  Focusing on the four elements fire, water, earth, and air, it presents surprising facts as well as positive and negative examples that create an emotional and informative access to the topic.  Using interactive elements, this exhibition engages young students in particular and showcases what each of us can do to help protect our environment.  Following an interdisciplinary approach and providing customized teaching material, the exhibition combines learning German with the subject of environmental protection.

The Greenhouse Innovation Space   in collaboration with the Design for America of NYU and the School of Engineering’s Center for K12 STEM Education  will also be conducting public workshops on those weekends.  Read about them here.

About the Goethe-Institut:

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide.  We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange.

WearHacks: New York’s largest IoT and Wearable focused hackathon! Discount code for members of the Greenhouse community

Hi All,

On the weekend of October 23th, the WearHacks NYC is going to take place at NYU- Polytechnic School of Engineering. This is an opportunity for you to join fellow programmers, hardware hackers, and designers for an amazing 48 hours at New York’s largest IoT and Wearable focused hackathon!

You’ll learn new tools, meet industry experts, collaborate with other talented students and young professionals, and build new wearable and internet-connected technology.

Designers, engineers, developers, undergraduates, masters, PhDs, professionals, makers… Everyone is welcome!

Members of the Greenhouse community are eligible for 100% discount on student tickets. You just have to use the promotion code: Greenhouse@NYU


WearHacks is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Montreal, focused on the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in Wearable Technology and Internet of Things all over the world.

They empower hackers (student, developer, engineer, entrepreneur, designer, inventor, etc.) all over the world with tools, resources and a network by organizing events and giving innovators access to the latest technologies, so that they can build anything they can imagine – from a tweeting lamp to a Wearables startup.

See you there.

Free engineering and design thinking workshops for young people ages 12-15

In connection with the Goethe Institute’s Rethinking – Learning from Nature exhibit, the Greenhouse Innovation Space, Design for America of NYU, and NYU School of Engineering‘s Center for K12 STEM Education are pleased to host a series of free engineering and design thinking workshops for young people ages 12-15.  Explore the cutting edge fields of biomimcry and design thinking through hands-on activities and group interactions taught and lead by an experienced team of School of Engineering graduate and undergraduate students.  Each workshop will engage you in applied engineering and design by examining forms and systems found in nature and using that knowledge to build and experiment with mechanical devices and structures.


Adapted from research in Professor Maurizio Porfiri‘s mechanical engineering lab, this workshop introduces students to various science concepts illuminated by the most basic of fish behavior–locomotion. How does the size and shape of a fish tail effect propulsion? Speed or agility? What do you lose or gain by changing the frequency of the tail’s beating? What about efficiency? Come build an experiment–which includes a circuit, micro-controller, actuator, and, of course. your own handmade fish tail designs–to test these questions and learn how we can apply that knowledge and insight to real-world challenges.

Saturday October 10, 17 and 24 – 10am-11am and 1pm-2pm

Sunday October 11, 18 and 25 – 10am-11am and 1pm-2pm



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