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Science Career Ladder at NYSCI

  • Danny Clase
  • Alumni Coordinator
  • (718) 683-9402

Program Description

The Science Career Ladder is NYSCI's signature education program. It is an opportunity for high school and college students to work at NYSCI and also participate in mentoring, professional development and career preparation activities.

As Explainers on our exhibit floor, Science Career Ladder students are the face of NYSCI. They explain our exhibits, perform demonstrations, support educational workshops and act as role models to students in NYSCI and out-of-school camps and clubs. Explainers are easily recognized by their trademark red aprons.

Since 1986, more than 3,000 students have worked as Explainers at NYSCI. Since its inception, the Science Career Ladder has had the mission of encouraging young men and women from across New York City to pursue careers in science, technology, or education. While working at NYSCI, Explainers benefit from career workshops, networking opportunities, introductions to a range of professions, opportunities to apply for residencies and participate in research, exhibit development and educational outreach.

Success Stories

The Science Career Ladder has been around since 1976 and we have countless success stories. Many students enter our program shy and timid but over time through our learning module and development they become better at communicating science in relatable terms to the innumerable visitors at the Hall of Science. Many of our student are interested in STEM and when they join the Science Career ladder we nurture that interest and transform into a foundation for future success in college and STEM fields.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 25%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 25%
  • Other: 45%
  • African American: 25%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 80
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 100
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Between 25% and 50%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 90%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 90%