LICM is dedicated to introducing young minds to science, technology, engineering, and math. Our programming fosters curiosity and imagination through the exploration of STEM.

As Green Teens, students from neighboring high schools are trained to share the importance of the natural world and promote environmental advocacy with museum visitors by developing and teaching unique, interactive education programs.

Two children outside in Our Backyard creating patterns with natural materials.

Christopher and Isabella explore pattern making and natural textures while making mud pies.

This program utilizes the service learning model, which combines meaningful community service with an in-depth level of instruction to produce an enriched learning experience for the teens and young visitors to the Museum. Our participants are trained by LICM Educators in the Museum’s informal hands-on education theories encompassing a variety of STEM topics.

Throughout the school year, Green Teens provide monthly activities, each focused on a different theme.

Interested in becoming a Green Teen? Email our STEM Education and Programs Manager, Claire Flynn, at cflynn@licm.org.

Green Teens is made possible with the support of 

Upcoming Events

December 27: Ice Ice Baby

January 12 & 13: STEM Weekend

February 9: Full of Love

    Past Events

    November: The Buzz About Bees

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    Visitors learned about how bees make honey and tried out different types in a honey tasting!

    Bee Curious At Home

    • What is pollination and why does it matter? Learn how insects like bees help us grow our food.
    • Did you know there are 416 bee species that live in New York? These insects are important pollinators. Invite mason bees into your garden by making a bee house
    • Explore the different parts of a flower through a simple flower dissection

    October: Chemistry Connections

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    Kids explored paper chromatography this month, separating colors using filter paper and water.

    Explore the World of Chemistry at Home

    • Hosting a Halloween party? Play this spooky game with your guests and discover how scents move across a space.
    • Did you know that you can make a battery out of things you have at home? Using pennies, salt, vinegar, and a few other materials convert chemical energy into enough electrical energy to power an LED light!
    • Some chemical reactions happen quickly and others happen slowly. See what influences the rate of a reaction with this simple experiment

    June: Wild About Zoos

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    Kids made zoo passports to keep track of all the animals they see!

    Celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month at Home

    • After severe damage from Hurricane Sandy, the New York Aquarium has finally reopened its shark exhibit. Head over to Coney Island to check it out! 
    • Bringing kids to the zoo helps language development, sparks curiosity, and encourages exploration. 
    • Do you love looking at pictures of animals? Check out the top five wild animal Instagram accounts. 

    May: Out of This World! 

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    Kids used their stomping power to send rockets flying into the air!

    Space Exploration You Can Do at Home

    • Didn't get enough rockets? Make some more at home with these two tutorials from NASA: this one explores Newton's Laws of Motion, while this one explores flight stability. 
    • Astronauts have to be physically and mentally fit. Participate in activities that model the stresses placed on astronauts in outerspace. 

    April: Our Earth, Our Home

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    Visitors learned how to make paint using natural materials like strawberries and cinnamon.

    Celebrating Earth Day at Home

    • The United Nations has developed a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to help make the world a better place by 2030. See how you can do your part here.
    • Learn how to mix up some colorful paints from dried herbs.
    • How do you spend time in nature? Take some tips from National Wildlife Federation when you go on your next hike.

    March: Getting Ready to Grow!

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    The sunflower seeds planted by visitors will be transplanted to our sunflower house!

    Waking Up Your Garden at Home

    • After a long winter, the garden needs a lot of attention. Here is a checklist so that you don't forget anything!
    • Gardening with your kids engages all of their senses, enhances fine motor coordination and observational skills, and fosters family bonding. Learn more about the positive benefits of introducing children to gardening.
    • Gardens change with the seasons. For your next story time, follow Sophie's journey as she tends to the garden with her grandparents in Gerda Muller's "How Does My Garden Grow?"

    February: Science of Snowflakes

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    What do snowflakes look like up close? Kids designed their own symmetrical snowflakes.

    Snowflake Science to Explore at Home

    • How do snowflakes form? Find out about the different types of snowflakes and how they are made as they fall through the sky. 
    • Fractals are a type of geometric pattern that can be found in snowflakes. Create your own fracal pattern with this experiment from Scientific American.
    • Where else can you find fractals? From salt flats to ferns, check out some beautiful fractals you can find in nature. 

    December: Arctic Adaptations

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    How do animals stay warm in arctic temperatures? Visitors discovered how blubber works in an icy experiment!

    Arctic Activities to Talk About at Home

    • How are polar bears so good at keeping warm? How does their fur help them survive in the arctic? New research shows how complex a polar bear's coat really is. 
    • What is the difference between heat and temperature? Find out some cool facts about heat here.
    • Try out an experiment to discover how insulators work to keep you warm during the cold months.

    November: Winter is Coming

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    To help put Our Backyard to sleep for the winter, kids added dirt to plant beds and replenished our gravel pit. They also made colorful egg carton bird feeders to hang in their gardens at home!

    Putting Your Garden to Sleep at Home

    • Gardening with kids is a great opportunity to get them outside and exposed to nature. Here are some fun gardening activities to try as a family.  
    • Grow your own veggies? Collect seeds from this year's crop to plant next spring.
    • Not all birds migrate south in the winter. Cook up some cookie cutter birdfeeders to feed birds like cardinals who stay on Long Island throughout the winter months.  

    October: Colorful Fall Leaves

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    As they made rubbings from local tree species, kids learned about the different parts of a leaf and why they turn such beautiful colors in the fall.

    Fall Deeper into Leaf Science at Home

    • Visualize a leaf's hidden colors through this simple chromatography experiment. 
    • Get inspired by Lois Ehlert's story "Leaf Man" and make your own colorful piece of art.
    • Take a nature walk and collect your findings in a handmade journal

    June: How Does Your Garden Grow?

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    James and Lily learned how Red Wiggler worms break down food scraps to create nutrient rich compost as they set up a worm bin to take home.

    Dig Deeper into Composting at Home

    • Always wanted to try composting but never knew where to start? This handy guide outlines how to set up an indoor composting bin and shows you how to compost step by step.
    • Just as we recycle things like paper, glass, and plastic, we can also recycle our food scraps! Learn about why it is important to compost our food waste. 
    • Why Red Wiggler Worms? Red Wigglers are not the earthworms that you would find in your garden, but rather would live in piles of decomposing organic material like fallen leaves. Check out why Red Wigglers are used as composting worms

    May: Out of This World!

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    Visitors learned about extremophiles such as yeti crabs and tardigrades as they explored what life could be like in outer space.

    Explore Outer Space at Home

    • Telescopes allow us to see far out into space without leaving Earth. Find out how to make your own and discover what you can see in the night sky. 
    • Scientists are looking at organisms that live in very extreme environments on Earth (very salty, very hot, very wet, etc.) to make predictions about life that mya be found on other planets. Here are some extremeophiles that scientists are studying. 
    • Other planets may have the right conditions to support living organisms. Learn about the environments that are found in our solar system.

    April: Our Earth, Our Home

    Construction paper tree made with the outline of a hand for the trunk and green tissue paper for the leaves.

    In our Earth Day celebrations, kids learned about the important role that plants play in our ecosystems.

    Continue Celebrating Earth Day at Home

    • The very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Every year on that day, we focus on the environment and what we can do to keep our planet healthy. Check out the history of this holiday and see how it has evolved.
    • New York City residents contribute 12,000 tons of waste to landfills every single day. Much of this trash takes centuries to break down. Be a sustainability scientist and examine what it means for material to be biodegradable. 
    • Water temperature will alter how ocean currents move. Learn how weather and climate change affect movement of water and how that influences island communities. 

    March: Surrounded by STEM

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    Families were "Surrounded by STEM" all weekend long! One engineering activity showed how satellites like our moon orbit in our galaxy.

    Find Out More at Home About the Importance of STEM

    • Being introduced to STEM at a young age is important for both boys and girls. Learn more about the obstacles and what is being done to increase programming for young children.
    • The Maker Movement combines hands-on fabrication, STEM and the humanities, which fosters a growing sense of curiosity among Makers. Many schools are building Maker Spaces and Fab Labs to give students a more comprehensive set of analytical skills
    • Is a scientist just someone who works in a lab all day long? Watch how neuroscientist Beau Lotto challenged the idea of who can meaningfully participate in science in his Ted Talk "Science is for Everyone." 

    February: Wild About Conservation

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    The piping plover is an endangered species native to Long Island. Building their beach habitat, kids learned how to recognize their nesting sites.

    Talk about Wildlife at Home

    • Engage with the natural world around you. Here are five ways to explore wildlife in your neighborhood. 
    • Wildlife can be affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes and by manmade destruction like oil spills. Be an environmental engineer in this experiment that explores how scientists clean up oil in our waters.
    • Habitat loss and climate change are having detrimental effects on wildlife. Help undo the damage through these everyday habits.

     

    January: Re-Use, Re-Think

    Two toilet paper rolls made into a snowman and penguin using construction paper.

    Using everyday materials in a new way, visitors made their very own winter creature!

    Continue Thinking about Recycling and Reusing at Home

    • Recycling should be a part of our everyday habits, but we can also reduce the amount of waste we make. Learn some tips for how to use less here.
    • Be creative in how you reuse materials. In just a few easy steps, scrap paper can be transformed into seed paper that you can plant. Just add some water and watch it bloom!
    • Have you ever thought about who benefits from the bottles you recycle? From communities to businesses to marine life, the positive impacts of recycling are far reaching.  

    December: Ice and Snow

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    In our Ice and Snow lesson, children learned about the movement of glaciers and what lives there.

    Explore Ice and Snow at Home

    • The Arctic is a cold place to live! Discover how animals stay warm in the ice and snow.
    • As the Earth's temperatures continue to rise, glaciers turn from solid ice into liquid water. Learn how this affects our ocean's with this sea level experiment.  
    • IceWatch USA collects information on when water in our area freezes. Be a citizen scientist and contribute your own data

    November: Conserving Water

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    Visitors made fortune tellers with tips to help conserve water at home!

    Find Out More about the Importance of Water at Home