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Many people don’t think of museums as making social change in communities, but the Long Island Explorium has made social change at the core of its mission. We are a lighthouse of enriching STEM programs that foster inventive thinking and serve as a catalyst for empowerment. We promote and support STEM discovery, learning and innovation that will shape the intellect, social values and principles of future generations.

The year 2020 has brought a myriad of problems - Covid 19 virus, racial unrest and police reform issues and the economic crisis - and the Explorium has been hard hit. We had to re-engineer our thinking and find creative solutions to address the challenges facing our museum and the communities we serve. We have always emphasized inventive thinking, creative problem solving and “grit” as essential skills for success in life.

The Explorium closed in March 2020 and continues to be closed to the public ( except for private sessions) until the foreseeable future. The impact of the pandemic, economy, moral and social issues on our Museum, and so many others, will be felt for many years to come. We have experienced severe financial losses but we are fully committed to adapting to our new world. We have a truly creative and talented team who are passionate about our mission and continue to work tirelessly to bring inspiring and engaging content to all.

The Explorium is a special place because it touches so many lives. The minute a visitor steps into our museum, they enter a world of possibilities, wonder, creativity and joy. There is no “sweeter” sound than a crying child refusing to leave the Explorium at the end of their visit. When we bring our enrichment programs to underserved, under-represented communities on Long and beyond, we ignite their curiosity, drive their imagination and remove barriers that perpetuate the gender and minority stereotypes of who can be successful in STEM.

We are a museum dedicated to making a difference in the lives of so many through the amazing potential of STEM. Please consider making a donation to support our continued efforts to bring joy, enrichment and empowerment in our new reality moving forward.

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Supporting STEM education out of the classroom in the community

We quickly adapted our signature STEM programs for delivery via virtual platforms.

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Strengthening & Developing New Community Partners

The pandemic has created opportunities for partnerships like never before.

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Scaling up

 our diversity, equality, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) initiatives

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Moving forward in our new world.

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Supporting STEM education outside the classroom and in the community

We quickly adapted our signature STEM programs for delivery via virtual platforms. During the turmoil of the crisis, our outstanding staff were able to adapt our in-person programs to enable students to participate using simple, easy to find materials at home , while still maintaining our signature high level of interaction, engagement and FUN. We were blown away by the feedback received from parents on how “real” our programs were online and how surprised they were at the positive impact we had on their child/ren’s social and emotional well-being.

  • implemented more than 80 live STEM workshops since our closure in March. 
  • Provided the community with resources to understand issues pertaining to the current pandemic online as well as a live webinar by Dr. Sharon Nachman, Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Hospital.
  • We shared science resources from partner museums.
  • Created a FREE weekly pre-recorded "Little Sparks" program for the 3-4 years. 
  • Held a Virtual Science Fair in May
  • Brought the joy of making with our FREE weekly Maker Spotlight series. 
  • Hosted 3 weeks of virtual summer camp for the general public at minimal cost per camper.

"The care and thought that went into the materials and projects was truly impressive and hugely appreciated."

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"I keep meaning to email you to tell you how much my son LOVES the classes with Miss Katie. Holy cow, they have gotten him through this horrible time of no school (i.e., teachers ignoring our kids, at least in our district). He hates weekends when he does not have a class - the other day he spilled something on his PC and started to cry "now I can't do my class!" You guys are my heroes! 🙂 "

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"Thank you again for such a fantastic week! I was so impressed by how well it went for both my 8 and 5 year old.

Thanks for a great week of camp. Eli and Grace has a lot of fun and were challenged to explore some interesting engineering problems. As always, you and the Explorium team did a great job"

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"These were so awesome! Walker was asking when the next class is - I sure hope there will be something soon. I can't tell you enough times how these classes carried him through this rough time… There is seriously no one better than you are at keeping these kids engaged, entertained and INTERESTED! Walker is glued to the screen whenever you are on the other side. 🙂"

Strengthening and Developing New Community Partners

The pandemic has created opportunities for partnerships like never before. Partners, pre-COVID, who would have seemed too “far” away were now able to be connected virtually. There was a realization that by working together, we were able to deliver a much more robust, impactful and rewarding experience for our current AND new audiences.

  • Hosted a 1 week NO-cost summer camp in partnership with SCO Family of Services for children in foster care.
  • Students participated in Citizen Science Month in April and continue to be engaged as volunteers passionate about climate science; connecting real world scientists and citizens around the world. 
  • Although we had to cancel our in-person Maker Faire Long Island in June, we turned it into an opportunity to collaborate with producers of all Maker Faires in New York State to present the virtual Empire State Maker Faire on Oct 16th and 17th. Over 2 days, more than 4000 participants logged onto the virtual faire. 
  • Working with local partners, Gallery North and Avalon State Park, we developed an outdoor STEM Explorers club.

 

 

 

 

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Back in May, I approached Angeline and Lisa on the possibility of bringing all of the Maker Faires together in New York State. With Covid-19 canceling all of our in-person events, it additionally provided a unique opportunity for all of us to "make" the best out of a very difficult decision by collaborating on a statewide event, the Empire State Maker Faire. Maker Faire Long Island not only stepped up to the plate but took a strong leadership role in producing the Empire State Maker Faire through recruiting makers, leading our press and social media efforts, and moderating both our virtual sessions and online exhibit hall.

Through collaboration with Maker Faire Long Island under the Empire State name, we were able able to bring the program to a much larger audience geographically than any one faire could individually. Visitors from around New York State and beyond were able to interact with makers they wouldn't normally see or get the chance to interact with outside their region. I'm looking forward to many more future collaborations with Maker Faire Long Island.

Dan Schneiderman

Empire State Maker Faire Lead Producer and Coordinator

Scaling up our diversity, equality, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) initiatives

Operating in a myriad of health, economic, racial and moral challenges, our strategic approach to future programming took a deeper and more insightful direction. We are proud to say that we have embarked on a more concerted effort to address dominant cultural norms, gender bias and racial inequality in our organization, programming and exhibits. It’s a journey we are excited to be on and to transition more fully into a community-driven museum.

  • Developed a series of pre-recorded STEM workshops in both English and Spanish.
  • Participated in the ASTC’s IF/THEN® Gender Equity Project by contributing to the IF/THEN® Gender Representation Toolkit. The data will be used to help drive change toward more equitable gender representation in our museum.
  • Convened a series of conversations with community leaders and stakeholders to include their input into future programming.
  • Continued to support and invest in our staff’s professional development while we were closed by “sending” them to the virtual Association of Science and Technology Centers Annual Conference in October. This year’s conference provided significant resources, training and support for museum professionals as they navigate the uncertain and challenging future of our industry sector. 

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Moving forward in our new world.

We have experienced severe financial losses but we are fully committed to adapting to our new world. We have a truly creative and talented team who are passionate about our mission and continue to work tirelessly to bring inspiring and engaging content to all.

The Explorium is a special place because it touches so many lives. The minute a visitor steps into our museum, they enter a world of possibilities, wonder, creativity and joy. There is no “sweeter” sound than a crying child refusing to leave the Explorium at the end of their visit. When we bring our enrichment programs to underserved, under-represented communities on Long and beyond, we ignite their curiosity, drive their imagination and remove barriers that perpetuate the gender and minority stereotypes of who can be successful in STEM.

Our priorities remain in the following 3 areas -

  • Moving towards resilience and building a sustainable revenue stream by leveraging technology, building internal capacity and exploring community collaborations.
  • Evolving into a community engagement model to drive our efforts in improving diversity, equality, accessibility and inclusion in our organization and programming.
  • Re-imagining our programming to promote 21st Century learning and skill building in the areas of engineering design and environmental education for early learners.

Our work has begun. 

  1. Execute a grant from the Museum Association of New York ( MANY), Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility. Building upon a current exhibit funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, “Rain Gardens: Linking Water, Wildlife, and Wisdom”, we will be using technology to develop a video/ audio series that focuses on the rich heritage of the indigenous peoples of Long Island and their contributions to Long Island.
  2. Participate in a bi-state team with an active interest in reducing the impact of marine debris on the marine resources and habitats of Long Island Sound. The bi-state team will develop a co-regional marine debris action plan for Long Island Sound, with assistance from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic NOAA regional coordinators.
  3. Develop a youth STEM fellowship program in an underserved, highly diverse school district to, in partnership with the Federal STEP program.
  4. Convene a Program advisory committee composed of stakeholders from the community to drive collaboration and develop need-based programs.
  5. Develop STEM Academy workshop series targeted at increasing students' knowledge and skills required by jobs in the 21st century.
  6. Work closely with the Brookhaven NAACP to increase our understanding and support of underserved minority youths in academic, cultural and scientific fields. 
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Our Future

We are a museum dedicated to making a difference in the lives of so many through the amazing potential of STEM.

Please consider making a donation to support our continued efforts to bring joy, enrichment and empowerment in our new reality moving forward.


You can make a donation today by selecting the donate now button to make your contribution. You can make a one-time donation or sign up to make a reoccurring contribution.

If you have a DAF at Fidelity Investments, please click on the link to visit the  DAF Direct Page

The Long Island Explorium is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization so your contributions are tax deductible.
For more information, please email , Angeline Judex, MPA. Executive Director at ajudex@longislandexplorium.org

To support our cause, please contact Angeline Judex, Executive Director at 631-431-1192 or via email at ajudex@longislandexplorium.org. The Long Island Explorium is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, tax ID 06-1723721. Checks can be mailed to P.O Box 465, Port Jefferson, NY 11777.

Become a Member

Our Membership Drive is going on now!

We miss you all and we can't wait to welcome you back to the museum fully when it's safe to do so. We miss the laughter, joyful faces and ... YOU.  Membership and support is vital more than ever to sustain the Long Island Explorium


Give the gift of learning to a family in need.

We know that times will be hard for many families on Long Island.
Membership to a science museum will help promote lifelong learning and bridge the STEM gap for children in need.

For every membership bought, we will donate a membership to a family in need through Kids Give Hope. 


The Explorium is more than just a science museum. We are constantly diversifying and experimenting with new ideas and strategies for you to discover the wonders of STEM. As a member, you can come and experience all that the Explorium can offer as often as you like.  Foster a lifelong love of STEM now.


**All membership levels with the Long Island Explorium. Free admission to hundreds of museums around the world through ASTC Travel Program.

There is a 90 mile restriction, you cannot visit museums that are within 90 miles of Long Island Explorium. Details for the program are below Reciprocity Lists.


There are different membership levels to choose from based on the amount of children in your membership:

Each membership includes admissions for ANY two adults with the children

$60 Basic Family Membership (2 adults and 1 Child)

  • 5% off programs and camps
  • ASTC Travel Program**

$90 Extended Family Membership (2 adults and 2 Children)

  • 5% off programs and camps
  • Additional 2 kids for a birthday party (offer is transferable to a friend) $30
  • Get a 90 min private play at the Explorium for $90!
  • ASTC Travel Program**

$175 Premium Family Membership (2 adults and 3 Children*)

*Only $12.50 for each additional child after the 3rd child.

  • 10% off programs and camps
  • Additional 3 kids for a birthday party (offer is transferable to a friend)
  • FREE 90 min open play at the Explorium
  • ASTC Travel Program**

Reciprocity Lists

Membership with the Long Island Explorium has even more benefits this year.  Explore even more! As an Long Island Explorium member, you are eligible for free or reduced general admission at hundreds of children's museums and science centers across the United States & world!

 

For ALL Members

ASTC Travel Passport Program (PDF)

You must have the NEW membership card with the ASTC logo on it. (All existing members must exchange your current membership card for the new one. Please bring your old card to the Long Island Explorium and you will receive your new Membership card with logo)

BEFORE YOU GO - check that the museum that you are visiting is participating in the passport program. Check that is is more than 90 miles from the Explorium.
*This distance is measured “as the crow flies,” meaning that it is based on the
linear radius, not driving distance.

Online radius tools can be helpful when determining if a Passport venue is within a 90-mile radius of the Explorium.  Go to http://www.mapdevelopers.com/draw-circle-tool.php.
This tool allows you to draw two circles in different colors.  Enter the address of the museum where you are a member first (or their home address, if the museum they wish to visit checks IDs).  Then, enter the address of the museum you wish to visit and create a new circle in a different color.

More Ways to Support Us

Corporate Employee Programs

Help us develop the next generation of Tinkerers and Thinkers, Innovators and Scientists.

What you see onsite at the Explorium is only a fraction of the work we do to fuel innovation. Corporate philanthropy enables us to produce unique, imaginative STEAM education with particular emphasis on reaching underserved communities on Long Island and beyond. Learn more here.

Library Memberships

All community libraries enjoy a rate of $250 for an annual pass to the Explorium. Each pass is valid for entry for 2 adults and 2 children. Please contact us for an application form.

Matching Gifts

Many companies support their employees efforts to be charitable citizens of their communities. If your company has a matching gift program, we hope that you will consider making a donation. Please contact us for more information.

Amazon Smile

You can support the Explorium when you shop on Amazon! Click here to have a portion of your purchases donated to the Explorium through AmazonSmile. Search for Long Island Explorium.