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.
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 Youth STEM Coordinator, Claire Flynn, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Teens is made possible with the support of
January 13 & 14: STEM Weekend
February 17: Science of Snowflakes
March 11: Getting Ready to Grow!
April 22: Our Earth, Our Home
December: Arctic Adaptations
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
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
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?
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
Find Out More about the Importance of Water at Home
- How much water do you use each day? The Nature Conservancy reveals our true water footprint.
- How does soil type impact how much you water your garden? Try a Water Wise experiment.
- Discover how drinking water is treated with a Water Cleanup experiment at home.