“Participating in the Science Career Ladder enabled me to become a confident leader, a capable learner and an excellent communicator.”
-- Maria Taveras, Senior Explainer, New York Hall of Science, Top of the Ladder Award Winner
The goal of SCL is to promote careers in STEM professions to the young men and women of New York City. The Explainers' backgrounds are as varied as the neighborhoods of Queens and Brooklyn, where most Explainers live. In any given year, a class of Explainers can speak as many as 20 languages. They are the face of NYSCI and the future of science, technology, engineering and math.
The SCL offers:
The program treats the diversity and broad cultural experiences of the Explainers as an asset that makes science accessible, engaging and interactive to all types of learners from all types of backgrounds. In this way, the SCL affects not only the Explainers, but the other young people they interact with as teachers, peers, neighbors, and role models.
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.