Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development, and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design, Make, Play. The defining characteristics of Design, Make, Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

Ema knew from the start that working in a science museum was the right decision. She has always been interested in science and is currently majoring in biology. But in spite of the advanced science courses she had been exposed to, Ema soon realized just how different understanding science is from explaining science. “The ideas were in my head, but I couldn’t find the words of where to begin to explain how something worked,” Ema said.

As a NYSCI Explainer, Ema was encouraged to develop her communication skills to better express her ideas to the public. “I began as a shy person,” she said, “But now I have no trouble presenting myself confidently in front of my colleagues, executives and visitors.”  The development of her traits and skills has helped foster a sense of accomplishment that Ema says she will take wherever she goes. “There’s a satisfaction in knowing that science is for everyone, and not just for confirmed science enthusiasts such as myself. On the job, you see that everyone is innately enthusiastic about science.”