In 2015, the Intrepid Museum partnered with the Department of Corrections to provide enrichment programming for 16-and-17-year-old males incarcerated in the Rikers Island jail complex. The curriculum focuses on providing hands-on STEM learning opportunities inspired by the Intrepid’s rich collection of aircraft, spacecraft, and stories. Activities include testing paper gliders, graphing the acceleration of a space shuttle, and using software to turn 2D drawings into 3D models. STEM programming promotes positive habits in these young men, as well as a strong sense of accomplishment.

Megan Bednarz