Science Career Ladder

Science Career Ladder

The Science Career Ladder is NYSCI’s signature education program. It is an opportunity for high school and college students to work at NYSCI and also participate in mentoring, professional development and career preparation activities.

As Explainers on our exhibit floor, Science Career Ladder students are the face of NYSCI. They explain our exhibits, perform demonstrations, support educational workshops and act as role models to students in NYSCI’s out-of-school camps and clubs.  Explainers are easily recognized by their trademark red aprons.

9482880986_551fd12d6c_b 8712409694_8805e2dd8c_b 8711284515_3bd19877e5_b   Since 1986, more than 3,000 students have worked as Explainers at NYSCI. Since its inception, the Science Career Ladder has had the mission of encouraging young men and women from across New York City to pursue careers in science, technology, or education.  While working at NYSCI, Explainers benefit from career workshops, networking opportunities, introductions to a range of professions, opportunities to apply for residencies and participate in research, exhibit development and educational outreach.

The history of the Science Career Ladder is chronicled in this 2010 report.

Do you want to apply for a job as an Explainer? We generally hire three times a year and ask for a commitment of at least one year from all Explainers. Learn more. 

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  • Todd Narasuwan

    The Science Career Ladder doesn’t always take Explainers on a path to Science. In Todd’s story, working at the New York Hall of Science whipped him into shape and boosted his confidence to a level

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  • Parminne Pitamber

    This is the Story of Parminne Pitamber. She began working at the Hall of Science as an Explainer and fell in love with Education. Later she became a Science Coach Resident. As a Resident, she makes it

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  • Caroline Placzek

    Caroline is a Senior Explainer at the New York Hall of Science. While working for the museum, she gained a passion for teaching. And after her weight loss, she gained passion for nutrition and healthy

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    An SCL Institute initiative, Explainer TV engages Explainers in learning digital media production that highlights the Explainers, science, and NYSCI. Explainers become video producers and science, t

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    Download Report   This report documents the development and dissemination of the Science Career Ladder (SCL), the signature program of NYSCI. Its intent is to inform other museums interested in s

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  • Mohsin Raza

    Meet Mohsin Raza a former Senior Explainer at NYSCI with his heart set at reaching new heights. His experience at NYSCI has amplified his passion for science. Where will he go next? The sky is the lim

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    Meet Akash Sharma… Explainer, photographer, future museum director and recipient of this year’s Top of the Ladder Award for his outstanding work as part of NYSCI’s Science Career Lad

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  • Brittany

    Meet Brittany Roopnarine, an Explainer at the New York Hall of Science. Although she is young, she knows that she wants to work in STEM and there should be more women in science.

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    The New York Hall of Science’s signature education program, the Science Career Ladder, is a model for teacher preparation. The SCL recruits young men and women from across New York City and prov

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    Earn money while you learn! The Science Career Ladder program allows high school and college students to have an exciting job interacting with visitors of all ages, talking about science and doing fun

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  • Brandan Lucas

    Meet Brandan Lucas. He is a Digital Learning Resident at the New York Hall of Science. He leads and develops online lessons for people and classes who can not physically enter our museum.

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    NYSCI Explainers talk shop, the art of explaining science, museum careers and professional know-how. Subscribe for tips, tricks, videos and fun things to do with science. Share your ideas too! GO TO B

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