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ANDRES HENRIQUEZ

New York Hall of Science

NYSCI Neighbors

NSF Awards: 1844431

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8

Located in Corona, Queens, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is based in one of the most multicultural and diverse boroughs in New York City. Historically serving several waves of immigrants, Corona has seen one of the largest influxes of newly arrived and first-generation Latino immigrants over the last several decades. Inspired by the community’s diversity, NYSCI has developed NYSCI Neighbors to create a rich program of educational opportunities for children, families, and educators.

NYSCI Neighbors’ mission is to build deep, long-term relationships with the local community by collaborating with schools, community-based organizations and families to co-create opportunities that improve access and engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).   

There are two components of NYSCI Neighbors: 

Science Ambassadors, is a free after-school program for students and families who attend schools that are part of the Neighbors’ Network. While at the museum, families can explore NYSCI exhibits and Design Lab, partake in Homework Zone sessions, develop skills in Maker Space.

Parent University utilizes a two-generation approach, where children and parents are engaged together, with the goal of helping families increase their awareness of STEM career opportunities that can help put children on a pathway to achieve academic and career success. Empowering parents as leaders and advocates for their children—and in their broader community—is an indispensable part of a child’s success: when parents are involved, children are more engaged, learn more, and over the long term, are more likely to attend school and graduate.

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