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Mission

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.

Vision

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 “moveable science feast” that Storefront Science provides makes science accessible to all.

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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 with a specialization in Peace Education. 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. For five years, she was the Executive Director of the not-for-profit Salvadori Center, transforming it into one of the leading math and science organizations in New York City public schools. Dr. Ardizzone, has numerous education publications to her credit (and blogs for the Huffington Post). Her first book “Gettin' My Word Out: Voices of Urban Youth Activists” was published in 2007 by SUNY Press. Her forthcoming book “Science: Not Just For Scientists. Easy Explorations for Young Children” will be released in October 2014 by Gryphon House Press.