Science Adventure Kids is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
that is dedicated to providing children with the finest science education through as many hands-on experiences as possible. Our interactive classroom adventures provide a place where children, families, and school groups can explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging hands-on experiments and excursions. We serve hundreds of students a year in our classroom in NYC and through our community programs delivered to schools, charities, libraries, and STEM festivals across NYC.
My role as a teacher is to ask provocative questions and to help the students make a path toward the answers. If they are motivated to find the path, they will carve it themselves. Effective teaching focuses on why and how - not what. The goal should be to spark each student’s imagination, to find a hook in their heart and mind so that they feel a need to learn the material. The rest is easy because the student is then able to drive his or her learning.
As a student at New York University, I was inspired to develop a program that is minds-on science, balanced, inquiry-based, and interactive. For over 15 years, our program has been able to do just that and more, making our mark on the way that children all over NYC are able to explore STEM concepts.
Poet William Butler Yeats remarked, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Truer words were never spoken. For many students, a passion for education is often ignited by an inspiring teacher. Sarah was that spark for my children.
Her ability to engage children in observation of their environment and transform complex material into engaging imagery inspires children to be curious learners. My children are now adults and Sarah's influence in their life is evident in their successful careers. "Do you remember when Sarah said or did..." is still very present in their conversations.
I am a therapist both in a community clinic serving the underprivileged and in private practice in NYC. I graduated from NYU and now specialize in trauma work using multiple modalities, languages, art, and sand tray. In a world that is expanding constantly, nourishing the ability to approach complex subjects with curiosity, openness, and joy is a gift that is natural to Sarah. I am confident that this program is critical for tomorrow's learners and that it should be available to all children.
Sasha Luci has worked extensively with children for 20+ years. Her current work includes writing and illustrating children's literature. Meanwhile, her own children keep her very busy with homeschooling and daily life. Education and quality of life for all children has always been a top priority for Sasha. The spark of the imagination ignites motivation and curiosity; she believes learning is inevitable when one is in an engaging environment. Many of Sasha's own children have been to Science Adventure Kids and their experiences within our programs have drastically changed the way they view the world and the phenomenons in it.
Tim Nissen is the Associate Director of the National Museum of Mathematics. Tim is a designer and was an architect for two decades before shifting to exhibition design. Tim has known Sarah for many years - his son also attended Science Adventure Kids - and has always been impressed with her ability to connect with children and communicate the wonders of science. He is very happy to serve on the board of Science Adventure Kids.