For nominees with a variety of interests, the NYSP Explorers: Pathways to Discovery strand
offers students the full NYSP experience. Students participate in a portion of all three strands by
serving as chief investigators, performing handwriting and blood drop analyses and suspect
identification in the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Strand; as physicians, examining the
digestive system and performing patient diagnosis in the Medicine Strand; and as engineers, designing and building cars of the future in the Engineering Design strand. After sampling each of the three strands, scholars create and deliver a presentation based on their favorite strand and investigate potential career opportunities that strand may offer in their future.
In addition to the NYSP Explorers strand, all students participate in The Leadership Strand: Stepping Forward as a Leader. The Leadership Strand is the cornerstone of the NYSP experience. Daily interactive learning activities present scholars with guided practice and individual application in small team settings. The important concepts and skills introduced lay the groundwork for growth and personal development in five key leadership areas: Teambuilding, Character Development, Communication, Problem-Solving and Goal Setting.