Cradle-Con was founded in June 2018 in an effort to raise funds for the Cradle of Aviation’s Museum and Education Center’s Women in STEM Education programs. The programs are designed to empower and enrich education for girls and young women to excel in the science and tech based jobs of the future. While women make up half of the US college-educated work-force, they only represent 29% of the science and engineering workforce. (NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators, 2016). The Cradle of Aviation’s Education Department works tirelessly to develop programming that captures the importance of “girl power” and demonstrate to young ladies how to apply their skills from all academic subjects to pursue their future goals. “The programs provide perspective on how they can use their interests and skill sets in a changing workforce. They leave feeling encouraged, excited and prepared to continue on their career paths”, said Catherine Gonzalez, Director of Education. Increasing girls' STEM education is a wise investment that will further support economic growth and gender equality.
Cradle-Con is Long Island’s brand new premier comic book convention. The fans have spoken and they want more. And it’s all about the fans, created by fans, for fans. The hottest artists, the best vendors, the most creative cosplayers have all been carefully curated and organized into one of the most dynamic spaces on Long Island for two days only. All to create a unique and satisfying experience for the most passionate of fans. And when you put them all together you have an experience like no other. A clever and creative community of nostalgia, imagination, humor, and pride. Full of surprises and delights, you just never know what you might see, who you might see or what you may learn. This is a new opportunity for readers to meet and greet their favorite comic book creators, for collectors on the hunt for those elusive rare books and toys, and for cosplayers to show off some of their best work. This is a spectacular new experience for fans of all ages to gather, socialize, and be passionate about what they love. Cradle-Con is where the fan always comes first.