Five years ago NYSCI embarked on a $50 million campaign to re-imagine science
learning through strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play.
This year, the institution surpassed that goal, raising $54 million.
Campaign funds contributed from dozens of foundations, corporations and individual
philanthropists enabled NYSCI to restore the original 1964 Great Hall and
launch groundbreaking new exhibitions and large-scale events that enable the
museum to serve as a premier destination for children and families. Investment
was also made in NYSCI’s work beyond-the-walls of the museum, enabling the
development of math and science applications that foster deep engagement, openended
exploration, imaginative learning and delight.
Campaign support made it possible for NYSCI to partner with the formal education
sector to foster teacher excellence and provided funds to expand NYSCI’s signature
Science Career Ladder program to include rich professional development offerings
for aspiring youth in the community. Finally, the campaign enabled NYSCI to launch
the Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science and Technology (SciPlay), an
applied research and development initiative designed to create new products that
enhance how we engage and support young people in learning science.