NYSCI has launched a new program for families in our local community. During the school year, the Science Ambassadors program will admit thousands of students and their guardians to NYSCI for free in the after-school hours from Monday through Thursday. While at the museum, students can explore NYSCI exhibits, engage in engineering problems and learn new tools in workshops at Design Lab and Maker Space, listen to science stories, receive homework assistance, and learn from live science demonstrations.
In the program’s kickoff Spirit Week, held February 27 – March 6, more than 900 families participated in bilingual museum tours and registered for the Science Ambassadors program. In collaboration with our school and community partners, families also enjoyed performances by school choirs and bands, folk dance groups and more during Spirit Week.
The Science Ambassadors program is open to students that attend 17 NYSCI Neighbors schools in the communities of Corona and East Elmhurst in Queens. The Science Ambassadors program aims to engage children and families in creative science, technology, engineering and math learning opportunities. Working in deep partnership with Community School District 24, and local school and community leaders, our goal over the next five years is to serve 5,000 families through the program.
Science Ambassadors is a program of NYSCI’s Queens 20/20 initiative, and is supported by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science.