On May 27, Caroline Placzek, a NYSCI Maker Space resident and former Explainer, attended the 2014 White House Science Fair.

Caroline has worked at NYSCI for six years as an Explainer, and most recently as a Maker Space resident through the Science Career Ladder Institute. In both capacities, she has developed expertise in science and education by helping museum visitors engage with science through exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and after-school programs. The Science Career Ladder has provided education, youth development and career mentorship to more than 3,000 high school and college students since its founding in 1986.

The 2014 White House Science Fair, hosted by President Obama, celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. This year’s Fair included a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work. The President also announced new steps as part of his Educate to Innovate campaign, an all-hands-on-deck effort to get more girls and boys inspired to excel and to provide the support they need to succeed in these vital subjects.