We are dedicated to introducing young minds to science, technology, engineering and math. Our programming all year long fosters curiosity and imagination through the exploration of STEM.
STEM Explorers powered by Green Teens
Throughout the school year, we provide science-themed activities to dive deeper into a relevant science topic. The Green Teens program utilizes the service learning model, which combines meaningful community service by teenagers with an in-depth level of instruction with museum educators to produce learning experiences for everyone in our community. Together with our STEM Initiatives Program Director, these teenage volunteers develop "STEM Explorers" activities for our visitors. Our annual "Surrounded by STEM" weekend is a festival of activities engaging science, technology, engineering and math.
Right now, STEM Explorers activities are shared on Instagram and Facebook every Sunday. "STEM Explorers powered by Green Teens" is made possible with the support of National Grid.
Inspiring the Next Generation
Calling Young Scientists
Educator-led workshops focused on introducing children to inquiry-based learning. Past events included examining x-ray crystallography, designing sustainable architecture, building a pollinator-friendly habitat, dissecting owl pellets, making a terrarium, composting with wriggler worms, and learning computer coding languages.
Citizen Science Fridays
Our citizen scientists studied monarch butterflies in LICM’s Milkweed Garden during the summers since 2017. By measuring plants, rainfall and monarch eggs our visitors and staff collect real data that scientists at the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab analyzed to help them understand butterfly migration and conserve this threatened species. This was a collective effort along with other citizen scientists from all over the country as part of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. This program is free to our visitors, made possible with the support of the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University.
Even More STEM
Our school-year Westbury STEM Partnership is a science-focused initiative for a local school district on Long Island.
We appreciate individual, corporate and foundation support to make these initiatives possible. If you would like to make a donation to preserve and expand these programs, see how you can support us.