Queens 20/20 is a multifaceted program of community work in which NYSCI is collaborating with local stakeholders to build a rich ecosystem of STEM educational opportunities for educators, young people and families in Corona, Queens. Using the museum as a backbone, Queens 20/20 is building a set of STEM learning opportunities that will create pathways out of poverty for young people in the community.
In addition, there are a number of exciting projects that are getting underway.
NYSCI has embarked on a new initiative to meet the demands for early childhood education in the Corona Community and School District 24. NYSCI is offering creative new interdisciplinary STEM, emphasizing creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and experimentation.
This program will make a significant impact on NYSCI’s local community by providing resources and support to local families. Students who attend a NYSCI Neighbor school can visit NYSCI during program hours for workshops, design challenges, homework help and exhibit exploration.
NYSCI is developing a Parent University that will enable parents to serve as STEM education advocates for their children. NYSCI will be engaging local parents, as well as parent associations, schools and other partner organizations, to provide parents with programs that emphasize creative approaches to STEM.
This NSF project will study how high school students collect data about and map their communities using mobile and location aware technologies, and how this data can support educators to better understand the places in which students live. Users of these tools can easily map community assets for learning (e.g., libraries), deficits to learning, as well as new learning opportunities (e.g., a developing community garden).
This NSF project will establish a national Networked Improvement Community (NIC) of makerspaces and fab labs serving black and Latino high school students and specializing in computational making programs. NYSCI will partner with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and a national leadership team representing universities, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations and leaders in the Maker Movement.
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
The Kupferberg Foundation
The Liu Foundation
National Science Foundation
The Pumpkin Foundation / Joseph H. and Carol F. Reich
Richmond County Savings Foundation
Sara Lee and Axel Schupf
STEM Funders Network