NYC FIRST STEM Center at Washington Heights

We are located at the Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library, at 1000 St. Nicholas Avenue (at 160th St.).


This site is a resource to get involved with programs being held at the NYC FIRST STEM Center @ NYPL Washington Heights Branch. You will be able to:



If you’re new to the STEM Center, please familiarize yourself with the our policies and safety instructions - here.


If we’re not in the space, feel free to write us a note at:

Volunteering / Mentor Opportunities 

We are seeking Mentors to offer guidance to our students during open hours at the Washington Heights NYPL location. We are specifically looking volunteers who can offer 1-3 hours of their time each week and are regularly available one day a week.


Responsibilities would include helping to monitor the space while offering your skills to help students with personal projects.



Event Calendar

Meet the Staff

Francesca Rodriguez

Instructor and Program Manager

Francesca is a Peruvian multimedia designer and textile researcher. Her work sits at the intersection of storytelling and technology, crafting compelling narratives about socio-cultural realities and creating projects that could turn into tools for empowerment. She is passionate about finding a more human approach to the way we share stories in today’s digital world.

Jesse Donaldson

Instructor and Program Manager

Jesse is a fabricator, artist, technologist and educator. He is passionate about translating the ideas in your head to real life, regardless of the form. His second passion is sharing a mindful approach to design and fabrication through teaching these subjects as an art, rather than as a science. In addition to his work as an educator, Jesse runs a motorcycle shop, as well as a studio for his custom motorcycles, sculpture and furniture work.