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Fostering Collaborative Community Engagement in STEM

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The New York Hall of Science collaborates with local schools, families, and community-based organizations to co-design learning opportunities that improve access to and engagement with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

NYSCI proudly serves over 15,000 community members annually through various community programs and activities. Our commitment to co-designing programs and initiatives in collaboration with community members ensures that offerings are responsive to the diverse needs and interests of the community. NYSCI leverages the strengths and resources within communities, while also celebrating cultural diversity through programming, staffing, and educational opportunities. With a focus on collaboration, innovation, and inclusivity, NYSCI is dedicated to creating meaningful experiences that inspire lifelong learning and curiosity within the communities it serves.

Community Collaborations & Partnerships

Elmhurst Corona Recovery

Family Advisory Committee

The Family Advisory Committee is comprised of dedicated parents/caregivers from our community, who lend their expertise to NYSCI for a nine-month term. As active contributors, they shape our community engagement events and programs while advocating for NYSCI's mission. If you're passionate about making a difference, consider joining our next cohort! Registration opens every July. Contact us at for further information.

Pre-K STEM Enrichment Program

Through a unique partnership with the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) and the Q369 Mosaic Pre-K Center on our campus, NYSCI provides customized STEM support for teachers, students, and families as part of the Pre-K STEM Enrichment Program. The co-collaboration model complements NYCDOE pedagogical framework for early learners and provides over 250 families in Corona with direct access to museum resources from their child’s first experience at school and for years to come.

The Mosaic Pre-K Center at 111th Street (Q369) accommodates General and Special Education 3K and Pre-K students. Families can apply through during NYC enrollment periods. Please feel free to contact the Mosaic Pre-K Parent Coordinator, Seema Ali, at or call the main office at 718-326-8170 for more information.

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Elmhurst Corona Resource Collaborative

The New York Hall of Science is proud to be a part of the Elmhurst Corona Resource Collaborative (ECRC) in its mission to uplift and serve the community. Comprising twenty local community-based organizations, the ECRC collaborates to ensure families have access to essential resources such as:

  • Food assistance

  • Job opportunities

  • Financial security

  • Community-centered health programs

  • Educational and Cultural experience

Formed in May 2020 amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ECRC united to support Elmhurst and Corona communities in healing and rebuilding. Now, their ongoing dedication continues to make a lasting, positive impact on the community. As a member organization, the New York Hall of Science is committed to contributing to this collective effort toward community well-being.

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Spring Community Celebration & Outreaches

Community Celebration

NYSCI offers a combination of on-site and off-site experiences for families to engage in STEM learning opportunities throughout the year. Our annual Spring Community Celebration welcomes hundreds of families to celebrate the diversity and rich cultural traditions of Queens together. NYSCI also participates in annual festivals held in the community such as the Dragon Boat Festival and Dia de Las Artes y Ciencias.

Broadening Access to STEM Engagement Opportunities

STEM Access
Free Community Hours

We are excited to invite community members to visit the New York Hall of Science with family and friends during our weekly Community Hours. General admission is free each Friday from 2pm to 5 pm for families to have fun and explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on exhibits and activities.

Community hours are every Friday from 2pm-5pm. You can reserve free tickets during community hours online starting the morning of the Friday you want to visit. Tickets are also available in person but if you want to reserve tickets online, visit here.

Activities during Community Hours Include:

  • Design Lab: Visitors are invited to engage in a variety of design challenges, interact with various materials, and be empowered to solve real-world problems. Visit each week to try a different rotating activity!

  • Makerspace: Learn and create together with your family. Visitors are invited to explore real tools and re-imagine everyday materials in a new way. Visit each week to try a different rotating activity, such as woodworking, soldering, 3D printing, and more!

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STEM Family Days

In partnership with District 24 schools, NYSCI offers specialized events that invite families from the local community to visit NYSCI, explore exhibits, and engage in interactive STEM experiences together. These STEM Family Days incorporate culturally rich science and art activities to highlight the importance of cultural context in STEM education and a safe learning space that celebrates the diversity of STEM. Recent STEM Family Days have included designing and making lanterns with LEDs in celebration of Lunar New Year, and exploring the science and engineering behind traditional Mexican Piñatas. Through this approach, participants gain a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and cultivate an appreciation for the ways in which science intersects with their own cultural experiences.

Families Learning Together

Families STEM

Families Learning Together is a multi-day parent education program where adult caregivers and their children engage in hands-on STEM activities using simple everyday materials. Through a blend of collaborative and separate activities, caregivers deepen their understanding of STEM and discover ways to enrich their children’s everyday learning. Each family that participates receives a free STEM Backpack Toolkit, which contains science tools and an activity guide, empowering families to continue STEM learning at home. This is a bilingual program facilitated in English/Spanish. If you are interested in learning more, please email our team at

Everyday Science Workshops

Families STEM

The Everyday Science Workshop is a one-hour program designed to foster exploration and discovery among local parents and caregivers through activities and discussions. These fully Spanish-English bilingual workshops highlight the ways that STEM learning opportunities occur in everyday activities, and can be implemented at NYSCI or at your school. If you are interested in hosting an Everyday Science workshop at your school, please email

NYSCI Community Engagement Facebook Group

NYSCI connects with families residing in or who have children attending schools in Corona or Elmhurst to provide information on upcoming events in English and Spanish, collect feedback, and share memorable community moments. Community members are welcome to request to join this group through Facebook. Acceptance is based on verifying community affiliation by filling out a form.

Community Memberships


Discover everything NYSCI has to offer with our special Community Membership, designed for families living in Corona (11368) or Elmhurst (11373), or whose children attend schools in these areas. Enjoy exclusive perks such as access to NYSCI, the Science Playground, Rocket Park Mini Golf, and Member-only events. Please come to the visitor experience desk to purchase your membership, and bring along proof of eligibility such as a piece of mail, your child's report card, or ID.

Thank you to our sponsors!

This work is funded with leadership support by the Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. Additional support has been provided by BNY Mellon, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Richmond County Savings Foundation, the Robin Hood Learning and Technology Fund. These programs are also made possible in part by public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

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