You feel me? Frost Science brings hands-on marine biology out of the ocean and into the community.

Posted on May 23rd, 2016

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By: MiaSci

 

People learn from books, but sometimes learning can be more powerful through the senses, such as touch. We brought that strategy to this year’s 10th Annual All Kids Inclusive event presented by the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. At the event, children and adults from all over Miami-Dade County took part in a variety of hands-on, arts-driven activities presented by education-focused community partners. The Frost Science experience showcased some of the marvels that will be on display at our Living Core Aquarium, which is currently under construction, and helped guests get “in touch” with coral species from the Atlantic Ocean.

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By handling models of different coral species, guests not only learned about these animals’ various shapes and colors, they also were able to really examine the architecture of each coral type, feel the dynamic surfaces and get a more intimate learning experience than they would in the ocean (you should never touch wild coral).

That tactile experience is something that will permeate our new facility when we open. Empowering everyone to have close encounters with science, and with life on this planet, is important to our mission. Along those lines, Frost Science will be making the museum-going experience much more accessible and inclusive to all visitors—regardless of ability or age.

Big thanks to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center for inviting us to participate in this timely event. We look forward to serving the constituents of District 8 later this summer!

To learn more about corals, check out this article from NOAA’s National Ocean Service: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/coral.html

 

Keeping up with Frost Science: ONSITE video on the inner workings of the Frost Planetarium

Posted on May 18th, 2016

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By: MiaSci

 

Have you been to one of our onsite tours yet? If not, we’ve created an ONSITE video series to take you onto the construction site for a closer look at how the museum is coming along. This month’s installment focuses on the soon-to-be awesome Frost Planetarium, and is hosted by Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego, the exhibit developer for the planetarium, and our Curator of Astronomy. Check out the video to learn about our super high-tech projector system, how the angle of the seating helps create an immersive experience, and get a sense of some of the incredible programming we’ll be featuring upon opening.

In addition to the video series, we wanted to let you know that construction on our downtown waterfront site is 75-percent complete. We’ve begun putting the finishing touches on some of the aquariums in the Living Core – artisans are creating small caves and swim-throughs as they pour the concrete in the Coral Reef aquarium, and in the Live Coral vessel, we’re installing a rough limestone boulder surface that has coral skeletons fossils within it, just as the natural reef would. Up at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami, we’ve begun phase one of our construction on the new Batchelor Environmental Center, which will eventually house fish quarantine areas, a state-of-the-art raptor rehabilitation center, and function as a headquarters for our MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment) program. It’s wonderful to see all these plans taking shape.

If you’d like to sign up for one of our onsite tours, click here.

Experiment: the spirit that bonds science and film, and the very cool results in the work of Stan Brakhage

Posted on May 13th, 2016

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Experimentation is crucial in both science and art, and sometimes science can really propel an art form, such as filmmaking, into new areas of possibility. That’s what our film series, Science Art Cinema, explored in its third installment, held last week at PAMM. Officially titled “Experiment,” the screening and lecture delved into the innovative cinema of Stan Brakhage, one of the most significant figures of 20th century avant-garde cinema.

Dr. Tony Allegro, Frost Science Art and Collection Manager Kevin Arrow, Frost Science Curator of Astronomy and Exhibition Developer Dr Jorge Perez-Gallego, Frost Science CEO & President Gillian Thomas, Baron Sherer, & Gustavo Matamoros

Dr. Tony Allegro, Frost Science Art and Collection Manager Kevin Arrow, Frost Science Curator of Astronomy and Exhibition Developer Dr Jorge Perez-Gallego, Frost Science CEO & President Gillian Thomas, Baron Sherer, & Artist Gustavo Matamoros

The evening featured a series of Brakhage’s short experimental films, including “I…Dreaming,” “Marilyn’s Window,” “Babylon Series,” “Agnus Dei Kider Synapse,” “Naughts,” and “Boulder Blues and Pearls and….” Complementing the films, Dr. Tony Allegro, professor at the University of Miami’s School of Communication, lead discussions the artistry of Brakhage and his innovative use of the science of light and chemistry. Composer and artist Gustavo Matamoros also enriched the evening with musical entr’actes inspired by the rhythms and motion prominent in Brakhage’s work.

The Frost Science team, including art and collection manager Kevin Arrow, media archivist Barron Sherer, and curator of astronomy and exhibition developer Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego curate the four-part Science Art Cinema series, which will culminate in a call for newly created and locally made films, in addition to a catalog, which the community will contribute to.

A Better Miami: How volunteerism at Frost Science makes a difference

Posted on May 13th, 2016

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Frost Science runs on the passion of people in the community who care about science and its impact on the future. Volunteers are a crucial part of that effort, and help us carry our vision for a better, more informed Miami. After more than ten years of volunteering at Frost Science, Heather McKinley Duncan remains enthusiastic, and has been able to assist as the museum transitions from its Coconut Grove location, to our new, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Miami.

Heather Duncan

Heather McKinley Duncan

Heather’s first post with us was at the Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center, where she worked for eight years. The position put her in close proximity to the wildlife she loves, while her duties, which helped the center run smoothly, included computer input, filing, and acting as an assistant to the Wildlife Director.

Heather now assists the museum with membership record keeping, and the preparation of sponsorship and media packets—all important elements to an institution with a strong connection to the community. “I loved coming here as a teenager,” she says. “To work someplace that meant so much to me then, and to see it grow, is incredible.” Heather’s lifelong interest in animals, the universe and science in general keep her coming back. As a team, we’re all working together toward a common goal, and Heather is very much looking forward to not only seeing the rich exhibits at our new location, but watching thousands of guests each year explore a museum that she’s been a part of. Heather is a wonderful example of how volunteers helps Frost Science, and helps Miami. Thank you Heather!

If you’d like to explore volunteer opportunities with us, visit MiamiSci.org for more information.

Science, expression and a first-place poem!

Posted on May 13th, 2016

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By Mauricia Vasquez, College Advisor, UBMS

One of the goals of the youth programs at Frost Science is to provide creative outlets that allow our students to express themselves in new and innovative ways about issues that matter to them. Sometimes that means learning code, sometimes that means learning to use recording equipment.

Briana Cineus recording her original poem, “Onslaught,” on equipment provided by Best Buy.

Briana Cineus recording her original poem, “Onslaught,” on equipment provided by Best Buy.

To that end, we’ve partnered with Best Buy and The Computer Clubhouse Network, an international community of over 100 clubhouses in 19 countries. The network aims to provide a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.

This year the Network launched the first annual RE@CH Media Festival, which addresses issues faced by young people around the world today. Several members of our Best Buy Teen Tech Center submitted work, competing against other Network members worldwide. We are very proud to announce that our very own Brianna Cineus, a junior in high school, took home first prize in her category for her original poem, “Onslaught.” Recorded using equipment in the music studio provided by Best Buy, the poem looks at the consequences of gun violence, how it impacts the individuals involved, and how it impacts the community as a whole.  We are all very proud of her accomplishment, and are excited about participating in future RE@CH programs, where we’ll try to keep our winning streak alive!

Click here to check out Brianna’s poem.

Click here for more information about the Best Buy Teen Tech Center.

The Cool Kids: on Earth Day, MUVE works with Miami-Dade students to bring trees, shade, and wildlife habitat to campuses

Posted on May 5th, 2016

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By Fernando Bretos, Frost Science Curator of Ecology & Director of Museum Volunteers for the Environment

Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has empowered people around America to stand up for the planet. Now, almost 50 years later, the tradition has become global, with activities taking place over the entire month, and the entire world.

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Students at Fulford Elementary School in North Miami Beach plant a tree that will add shade and wildlife to their campus.

Earth Day is, of course, a special time for us here at Frost Science, and an opportunity to make positive change. If you attended Miami public schools, or have children who do, you know the campuses can be some of the most denuded and habitat-poor areas in Miami. In order to combat the problem, and bring some much-need shade to our town, Frost Science’s MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment) program partnered with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Deering Estate and artist Xavier Cortada to plant a native tree alongside a native flag designed by Cortada at every public school in Dade County. The planting process involve students in the beautification of their campuses, and as the trees mature, they create wildlife habitat, and add beauty to our world. Over the past seven years, the program has planted more than 2,000 trees across 340+ public schools.

Frost Science provides trees every year for this project through grant funding from Wells Fargo and FedEx. Getting out and working with the community is part of our mission, and Earth Day planting is just one of the many ways MUVE works to bring nature back to our city.

MUVE director Fernando Bretos (2nd from left) planting trees with staff members at Palm Lakes Elementary School in Hialeah.

MUVE director Fernando Bretos (2nd from left) planting trees with staff members at Palm Lakes Elementary School in Hialeah.