A New Class of Science Explorers Ready for Launch
The Newark Museum’s Science Explorer program has launched again this year with 17 new participants. High School students from all over the Newark area were selected to take part in a program that provides them with mentoring and academic experiences. They will take part in classes such as glass making, pottery, chemistry, ecology, genetics and forensics. They in turn will serve as mentors to the campers in Camp Newark Museum.
The new Explorers are looking forward to the experience. “This is very exciting. It’s my first job. We get to do a lot of things and as long as the kids are happy that makes me happy,” said Faith a new Explorer. Shannon, also a rookie, was a bit nervous about starting the program. “Coming in it was intimidating and I was nervous about being here but my eyes opened and I love this,” she said.
In today’s world, it is important to have role models for students. Since 1994, the Newark Museum has been a guiding hand to many Explorers and there are currently 40 students in the program. Mayeesa, a veteran Explorer and recent high school graduate, said about her time in the program, “It has been good. I’ve gotten an opportunity to do a lot. I was the editor of the Explorer’s newspaper and have gotten a lot of experience.” Mayeesa said that being an Explorer gave her an opportunity to experience what it would be like to work in the corporate world. She loves the activities as well. “The CSI workshop was awesome and last year I did mural paintings,” she said.
Jada, who has been an Explorer for a year now, agrees. “We learn what its like to be in a work environment. We also learn how to act in a work environment and be more responsible.” The Explorers have the chance to work in different areas of the Museum. “Generation Fit is where I spend most of my time,” she said.
Being a Science Explore enables these students to become role models for the campers. It helps shape them to become better students, and prepares them for college and post college work. Walner, who is a veteran Explorers, said, “This is one of the better jobs available; it helps me build connections and manage my money. There’s always a lot to learn and no matter what you learn makes you smarter.”
-Justin West, intern. Marketing Department.
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