The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) places a high value on promoting science education, and as an organization, we want to provide students with unique opportunities to explore careers in science from an early age.
Throughout the year, NYSCF hosts laboratory tours and career panels for schools and other nonprofit educational programs. The tours give students the chance to have a firsthand look at a scientific laboratory, to meet the diverse team of NYSCF scientists, and to explore the wide variety of career opportunities in this fast-paced field.
At Family Stem Cell Day, an event held at NYSCF headquarters, students and their parents are invited to join us for a day of hands-on scientific exploration (everything from digitally coloring stem cell images to making slime!). This event provides students with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with researchers and ask questions about stem cells, NYSCF’s work, and what it’s like to be a scientist. Most importantly, it gets students excited about science and introduces them to the research process.
Additionally, as part of NYSCF Academy, we deploy pairs of NYSCF scientists to schools throughout the greater New York City area, where they provide seminars on stem cell biology. The scientists also engage students in thoughtful discussions about stem cell research and answer questions about their work.
The future of science depends on participation from younger generations. NYSCF wants to engage students with science by showing them what it’s like to conduct research and chase after the next big breakthrough. Encouraging students to get involved in STEM is an important step toward building a strong, diverse scientific workforce.