Samsung Brings AMNH “Conservation Day” to Life for Boys & Girls Club of Newark
On Friday, April 28, Samsung helped give 27 fourth and fifth grade KIPP Life Academy students from the Boys & Girls Club of Newark a unique experience at the American Museum of Natural History’s “Conservation Day” Field Trip. Samsung facilitated this special experience, an extension of education programming offered by the museum, to support interest in science and offer opportunities for engagement with scientific research. The “Conservation Day” Field Trip offered students hands-on, themed activities that enabled them to get an exclusive experience beyond the usual museum offerings.
“Samsung has been an instrumental partner to the Boys & Girls Club of Newark. They have shared our vision of increasing access to STEM education and cutting-edge technology for the children we serve.”
– Rodney Fuller CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Newark.
The American Museum of Natural History is among the most popular field trip destinations in New York City, with over 500,000 students visiting each year, yet many of the Boys & Girls Club of Newark members had never been. The museum’s mission is to promote science education by providing students and teachers with direct access to its renowned resources and over 200 scientists on staff. While this was the first time Samsung has participated, its exactly what the company strives for – fueling STEM education beyond the walls of the traditional classroom and bringing learning to life for students who may otherwise not have access to such a valuable experience.
“Samsung has been an instrumental partner to the Boys & Girls Club of Newark. They have shared our vision of increasing access to STEM education and cutting-edge technology for the children we serve,” said Rodney Fuller CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Newark. “This vision came alive last year when they helped to renovate one of our classrooms into what is now a state-of-the-art STEM center. Their efforts to make Conservation Day a special event for the Club Members, and expose them to new experiences at the American Museum of Natural History, is just one way Samsung has expanded this original vision.”
Expanding on the educational experiences the museum offers every day, students from the Boys & Girls Club of Newark were able to participate in specially curated activities that focused on how all youth can contribute at a local, national and global level in efforts that help conserve wildlife, plants, soil and water. They also learned more about real- world benefits of conserving these important resources and how their preservation and management will provide for present and future generations. After these highly engaging sessions and lunch, the students rounded out their day of educational fun by exploring the Museum’s 45 permanent exhibit halls, major temporary exhibitions and world-renowned Hayden Planetarium.
Samsung continues to focus on investing in STEM education for youth and intends to continue their partnership with the American Museum of Natural History this Fall—details to be announced at a later date.