Science Sandbox

Organization Name:  Science Sandbox  

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Host:  Simons Foundation

Organization Type: Grant Making Organization 

Overview of Organization: Science Sandbox is an initiative dedicated to inspiring a deeper interest in science, especially among those who don’t think of themselves as science enthusiasts. We support and collaborate with programs that unlock scientific thinking. Our projects and partnerships reinforce a powerful notion: You don’t have to be a scientist to think like a scientist.

The Simons Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.

(Overview provided by Science Sandbox)


Greg Boustead – Director, Science Sandbox & Executive Producer, Sandbox Films 

Jessica Harrop – Supervising Producer, Sandbox Films

Sam Riviello – Operations Manager

John Tracey – Program & Media Officer

Organization History:

Co-founded in New York City by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the Simons foundation exists to support basic — or discovery-driven — scientific research undertaken in the pursuit of understanding the phenomena of our world.

(History provided by Science Sandbox)

Currently Supported Projects

500 Women Scientists — Request a Woman in STEMM: Online platform built to shift the perception of what a scientist looks like by connecting members of the media, educators, and conference organizers to women and underrepresented scientists.

Adventure Scientists: Organization that pairs large science experiments with world explorers to gather data that would otherwise be nearly impossible to collect.

American Society for Cell Biology: Public engagement grants for scientists seeking to bring their work to a bigger audience.

Billion Oyster Project: Project to restore the New York Harbor oyster population by teaching students to help lead the effort and recruiting volunteers of all ages.

BioBus and BioBase: Mobile lab that brings hands-on science to underserved students in New York City, with a research lab base on the Lower East Side and in Harlem.

Biodesign Challenge: Biodesign Challenge (BDC) is an international education program and competition that is shaping the first generation of biodesigners.

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics: Program for students in grades six to 12 that creates pathways for underserved students to study advanced mathematics

California Academy of Sciences: The renowned Bay Area science museum brings citizen-science programming to after-school clubs across the country.

City University of New York: STEM Research Academy: A program for under resourced high school students in New York City to explore how to conduct research.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: A science education initiative to engage high school students in studies of biodiversity in New York City.

Elemental: Atomic Tales & Periodic Fables is a playful collection of short documentary films from around the globe, each one exploring our lives through the lens of a different element from the periodic table.

Guerilla Science: Organization with a mission to reach new audiences by bringing exciting and accessible science installations to unexpected places.

Hidden Nature SF: Shedding light on what a pre-urbanized San Francisco would have looked like to foster ideas to ensure livability and health for the city moving forward.

Imagine Science: A collaborative program that implements informal, out-of-school STEM learning for youth in high-need communities across the country.

Lewis Latimer House — Tinker Lab Summer Programs: A weeklong summer camp offering hands-on STEAM education for underprivileged youth in Queens, NY.

MICRO: A series of six-foot-tall science museums that offer the joy of discovery in unexpected places — from hospital waiting rooms to the DMV.

MIT Museum: Science in Vivo: Science in Vivo “meets people where they are” by bringing science to unexpected venues

Mouse Design League at Brooklyn College Community Partnership: Mouse is a national nonprofit organization that empowers all youth and educators to engage with computer science and creative technology to solve real problems and make meaningful change in our world.

NEW INC Creative Experiments Track: An art/design incubator that brings scientific research into mainstream dialogue, translating complex issues for the general public.

New York Hall of Science: Initiative to develop a creative interdisciplinary approach to STEM learning that can be implemented in immigrant communities.

Numberphile: Hugely popular YouTube series featuring ‘numbers people’ discussing unorthodox, cutting-edge or recreational topics in mathematics.

Radiolab: Award-winning science radio program that employs high-quality storytelling and sound to engage audiences

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance: A paid internship for students who conduct research under the mentorship of environmental scientists.

Rocking the Boat: Rocking the Boat brings positive impact to the high-need youth of the South Bronx by using activities centered on small boats and local waters as unique vehicles for teaching foundational STEM skills and valuable youth development lessons.

Science Gallery Detroit: Part of a university network dedicated to public engagement with science and art, Science Gallery Detroit combines emerging research and ideas from the worlds of art, science, design and technology to unlock the creative potential of young people.

Scienes at Pioneer Works: A massive cultural center dedicated to experimentation, education and production across disciplines, housed in a converted warehouse in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Stem From Dance: Two- week programs, for girls to create a collection of technology-infused dances, to inspire them to consider joining the STEM workforce.

Sundance Institute: Science Sandbox Nonfiction Project: A documentary film initiative designed to foster and support independent science storytelling.

Techbridge Girls: Tackling the issue of inclusivity in STEM by providing best-in-class, hands-on programming to girls from low-income communities.

The Explainer Program at New York Botanical Garden: High school and college-aged students become expert facilitators, leading the next generation of science enthusiasts.

The Exploratorium: A massive learning space in San Francisco, offering revolutionary ‘tinkering’ studios and engaging outdoor exhibits.

The Open Notebook: Tools and resources to help science, environmental, and health journalists at all levels of experience to sharpen their skills.

The Rubin Museum of Art: The Rubin Museum of Art’s annual Brainwave program series engages visitors through onstage conversations and immersive experiences that combine the most compelling advancements in science with traditional Himalayan wisdom.

The Story Collider: A live event and podcast series that encourages scientists to engage with the public through powerful, personal science storytelling.

Theatre of the Mind: An immersive installation by the Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and writer Mala Gaonkar is a journey inside the human brain.

Wave Oil Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship Program: A paid internship program that allows students to conduct fieldwork that improves the environment through ecological restoration.

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Entered by: Anna Galanides

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