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.
Throughout the school year, we provide monthly science-themed activities to dive deeper into a relevant science topic. This 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. Our annual "Surrounded by STEM" weekend is a festival of activities engaging science, technology, engineering and math. See what we've done in the past and what's coming up with the Green Teens.
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. See our calendar for upcoming events.
The Maker Movement focuses on creativity, experimentation and tinkering. During the summer, we learned practical skills and sparked curiosity as we investigated different materials through the art of making during free workshops. Check back for Summer 2019 schedule.
Citizen Science Wednesdays
Our citizen scientists studied monarch butterflies in LICM’s Milkweed Garden during the summers of 2017 and 2018. By measuring plants, rainfall and monarch eggs our visitors and staff collected 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 was 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.