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NYSCI has received the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.

NYSCI received the honor due to its many programs that impact the community, including NYSCI Neighbors, a multifaceted initiative that engages more than 16,000 local participants, and the Science Career Ladder, a program that employs high school and college students to engage visitors on the museum’s floor.

“STEM literacy is immensely important, from living effectively in an increasingly technological world to securing our nation’s future economic growth and competitiveness,” said Margaret Honey, NYSCI’s president and CEO. “At NYSCI, we offer a number of programs and experiences that inspire the youth in our local community to learn about STEM subjects and encourage them to pursue careers in these fields. Receiving the National Medal for our work is a great honor and a significant milestone in our journey to transform STEM learning.”

First Lady Michelle Obama presented the award to NYSCI’s President and CEO, Margaret Honey, and our own Design Lab resident, Maria Cortes Ruiz at a ceremony at the White House on May 18. You can watch the video below.  The presentation to NYSCI begins at 15:15.

You can read more about NYSCI and the other award recipients in this brochure from IMLS.