In his fifteen years of service to young people through the New York Hall of Science, native Queens resident and former science teacher Frank Signorello (Director of Science Programs) has proven himself an outstanding educator, a top-notch trainer, and a true asset to New York City’s afterschool field.
Combining his broad knowledge base in science, mathematics, and technology with his dedication to engaging young minds in out of school time, Frank creates and implements programs that are at once rigorous, innovative, and directly correlated to science and math standards. With a non-traditional approach focusing on experiential learning and inquiry-based approaches, Frank reaches young people with strong science and a great sense of fun.
Frank’s belief in the power of afterschool education and understanding of both the challenges and benefits of integrating science into afterschool take him outside the walls of the New York Hall of Science on a regular basis. Through initiatives such as “Explore It,” Frank works with educators to develop and adapt programs that introduce strong science into afterschool programs using student-centered experiences and project-based learning. His focus in working with and creating materials for use by educators is to meet their specific needs and aid them in surmounting the challenges they face in serving the youth of New York City while integrating science seamlessly into existing programs.
The New York Hall of Science was a key collaborator in PASE’s Queens Cultural Partnership for Youth (QCP) demonstration program. QCP connected cultural institutions with three high-needs middle schools in Queens to offer students innovative afterschool experiences and to serve as a model for excellence in out of school time service provision.
As teacher, director, mentor and trainer, Frank forges deep connections between youth, educators, and science. Frank’s zeal for afterschool education, science and young minds makes him a model for the field, and a true ambassador for learning.