Storefront Science engages children through inquiry and exploration. Utilizing wonder, discovery and the process of science, we encourage children to “explore outside your door” with concepts that promote questioning, gathering information, co-operation and critical thinking.
At Storefront Science we believe that science – both its content and process – should be fun, engaging and shared with children in ways that invigorate their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and encourage problem solving and critical thinking. Research shows that hands-on/minds-on activities and encouraging inquiry empowers students to generate questions, design experiments and develop necessary science skills. The Storefront model, incorporating open exploration and inquiry-based classes, makes science accessible to all.
About Dr. Ardizzone
Founder and President Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone has been a science educator for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Biology, an M.Ed in Science Education an Ed.D. in International Educational Development. She started her career as a middle and high school science teacher, teaching in Seattle, Ithaca, and New York City. After completing her doctorate at Columbia University, she was an assistant professor for five years at Adelphi University then Fordham University where she taught courses in science education, educational philosophy, psychology, sociology, and curriculum development. From 2006 through 2011, she served as the Executive Director of the Salvadori Center, a New York City based not-for-profit that uses the built world to improve the teaching and learning of math and science. Under her leadership, the Center became one of the leading math and science organizations in New York City public schools. Dr. Ardizzone, a Washington Heights resident, has numerous education publications to her credit including a book published in 2007 Gettin’ My Word Out: Voices of Urban Youth Activists.