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 will present the award to NYSCI’s President and CEO, Margaret Honey, at a ceremony at the White House on May 18.