IlluminationSpace Field Trip Program

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Hey Teachers of New York,

Are you interested in exposing your students to explore the world of science and research? Are you interested in having your students interact with some of the top scientists from across the world? Well, the ASRC’s IlluminationSpace Tour is the perfect learning opportunity for your students.

The ASRC IlluminationSpace field trip program welcomes hundreds of visitors each year, both virtually and in person to our interactive educational center located on the first floor of our facility.

Both experiences introduce participants to CUNY and the mission of interdisciplinary research at the ASRC and what a career as a scientist looks like. Tour guides cover the key concepts of our 5 research initiatives which include:

  • Nanoscience
  • Photonics
  • Structural Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Environmental Sciences

Both experiences also include a career talk by a resident research scientist.

Virtual Trips

In this one-hour experience students and teachers can log into our interactive tour platform from a computer, laptop, phone, or smartboard. The experience will be guided by a facilitator who will introduce the ASRC and our interdisciplinary research areas. The tour explores different laboratories and learning space, filled with interactive content and videos explaining the research at the ASRC. Students will have time to explore the space on their own and complete a scavenger hunt to discover hidden content. The one-hour experience also includes a career talk by one of our research scientists, and materials on CUNY programs and citywide STEM programs will also be shared.

In-Person Field Trips

In-person field trips center around the IlluminationSpace is an immersive learning environment featuring interactive, motion sensing exhibitions highlighting the fundamentals of each research initiative at the CUNY ASRC. Facilitators help guide students through the exhibits and lead conversations on research in our everyday lives. A guest scientist joins us for a career talk and tour of their lab. All students leave with a CUNY admissions packet and a guide to other STEM programs in New York City.

If you are a CUNY ASRC researcher and would like to participate as a guest scientist, contact us at