The Science Career Ladder is the signature program of the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), a youth development and employment experience for young people age 14-25. One hundred young people, known as Explainers, serve as paid floor staff, interpreting exhibits, facilitating design activities, and bringing the excitement of science and engineering to the public. The program is also responsible for the career development of the Explainers, especially in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
SCL students are trained to:
They benefit from:
The Science Career Ladder was established in 1986. The history is chronicled in a report. In 2010, the Science Career Ladder Institute was created, to promote career development in STEM.
The rungs of the Ladder are as follows:
As young people advance, they receive an increase in pay.
Explainers are recruited three times a year, and come in as Trainees. They are asked to stay at least one year, and then can apply to be Program Explainers.