Long Island Science Center Founding Director Retires
The Long Island Science Center announces the retirement of its founding director, Delia Gibbs. When the Long Island Science Center opened in Riverhead over 10 years ago, it was Mrs. Gibbs, at that time the Director of the Shoreham-Wading River Museum, who brought her extensive background in both museum education and business to head up the operation.
At a recent education forum, Mrs. Gibbs stated “We prepare children to lead locally and compete globally. We teach children to investigate science, to learn to think out of the box, to make choices, to problem solve, and to question the world around them and offer solutions. This creates a body of knowledge that they can apply anywhere and it also builds an inner confidence and boosts their self esteem.”
Mrs. Gibbs is a leader in informal education and has incorporated “bringing science to life” in all of the LISC programs through interactive lab stations. She stresses to all education and support staff the importance of putting hands-on manipulation, seeing, touching, testing, and experimenting into the forefront of all LISC programs and exhibits. “This style of inquiry learning develops analytical thought processes and better decision making”, states Mrs. Gibbs.
During her ten year tenure as director, the Long Island Science Center has:
- Designed over 40 interactive physics, biology, chemistry and earth science programs for pre-K to high school - These programs support the core standards and address teachers’ needs.
- Presented programs that address life skill requirements to campers, scouts and 4-H groups
- Presented teacher workshops that focus on teaching how to incorporate into lesson plans the work skills required to process, interpret and apply information.
- Offered changing exhibits that challenge families to explore together
- Supervised the writing and implementation of grants from 21st century funds and Motorola Innovation Solutions to local foundation money
- Collaborated and implemented a Smart Physics Program with Adelphi University through NSF funding
- Offered internships for middle school, high school and college students
- Offered lectures and demonstrations on general topics of scientific interest
- Incorporated science literacy as an important part of all of the LISC programs
Mrs. Gibbs has served as president of the LI Museum Association, was co-chair of the committee for Gender Equity of the LI Fund for Women and Girls, served on the Riverhead CSD Business Advisory Board and the Early Years Institute STEM Advisory Committee. She collaborates and offers shared services with other community organizations and is an active member of science and museum associations.
“We thank Mrs. Gibbs for her dedicated vision and service and are very proud of the contributions she has made; she will surely be missed but we wish her all the best in her retirement” said the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Science Center.