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.
The STEM Explorers powered by Green Teens program is supported by:
Inspiring the Next Generation
From 2017-2022, our citizen scientists studied monarch butterflies in LICM’s Milkweed Garden. 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.
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.
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.