Museum Receives $1 Million Gift from Dr. Ted Caplow

Posted on December 11th, 2014

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View of the Innovation Center from Museum Park

View of the Innovation Center from Museum Park

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science has been gifted $1 million from Dr. Ted Caplow, CEO of Caplow Applied Science (CappSci), to support the Innovation Center, currently under construction as part of the new museum facility at Museum Park. Dr. Caplow’s gift serves as the first for the Museum’s Innovation Center, the five-floor north building, designed to serve as a destination and inventors’ space for bold ideas and new products. Dr. Caplow, an engineer and entrepreneur who serves on the Museum’s Board of Trustees, also designed the Vertically Integrated Greenhouse (VIG) hydroponics system currently on display in the current Museum’s Sea Lab.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with Dr. Ted Caplow to help bring the Innovation Center to life,” said Gillian Thomas, President and CEO of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. “This generous gift will work toward enhancing science education for people of all ages who are current and future innovators.”

The five-floor Innovation Center will provide an opportunity to collaboratively explore the future city, with project-based classes, maker’s activities, public demonstrations and workshops celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship while displaying the latest global developments. Opportunities for careers, volunteering, and in-depth learning will abound at the Center, which will include an Innovation Café, focused on innovation in garden and kitchen, waste management, and the role of food in healthy lifestyles. The top floor will host a conference center, offering a wonderful space for partners and staff members to meet overlooking Greater Miami and Biscayne Bay.

“The Innovation Center is a place for learning and a place for doing” said Dr. Ted Caplow. “I am thrilled to help make possible a Center dedicated to changing the world together by drawing on the diverse talents of our community.”

A pioneer in the field of building-integrated agriculture, Dr. Caplow founded New York Sun Works in 2004, created the Science Barge sustainable urban farm in 2006, and founded urban farming enterprise BrightFarms in 2008 to pursue a range of opportunities in urban agriculture. He also founded Fish Navy Films in 2009 to produce intelligent, unbiased documentary features and shorts on environmental sustainability and human health. In 2013 he also created the $1 million Children’s Prize to apply a quantitative approach to reducing child mortality worldwide, ranking among the world’s largest humanitarian prizes. Dr. Caplow applied years of experience in the areas of sustainability and engineering to the development of CappSci. Founded by Dr. Caplow and Pascale van Kipnis Caplow, CappSci is focused on resolving a select set of major global challenges through crowdsourcing ideas, solutions, and support, choosing the intervention point carefully for each challenge, and measuring impact throughout the process.

 

Baptist Health South Florida Partners with The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Posted on November 4th, 2014

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Conceptual Rendering of the Baptist Health People & Science Gallery at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Conceptual Rendering of the Baptist Health People & Science Gallery at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is proud to announce a $5 million gift from Baptist Health South Florida for the newly named Baptist Health People & Science Gallery, in addition to educational health and wellness programming that will be offered in that exhibit space. The Gallery will encompass a 9,000-square-foot space on the main plaza level of the Museum aimed at providing a high-tech and personalized exploration of the benefits of science and technology to our daily lives. It will be located directly below our one-of-a-kind, 500,000-gallon Gulf Stream Tank and will be visible from all levels of the Museum. Through its gift, Baptist Health will support a series of dynamic exhibits in the Baptist Health People & Science Gallery, where students and visitors alike will learn and explore science, technology and health. In addition, the partnership will directly benefit students of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), ensuring that the programming complements their curriculum and offers students a hands-on space for learning about science and wellness. A portion of the gift will be allocated to support transportation expenses for approximately 10,000 M-DCPS students to visit the Museum each year.

The gift was announced at a special press conference at Museum Park’s Knight Plaza, featuring remarks by Trish and Dan Bell, Museum Board of Trustees C0-chairs; Gillian Thomas, Museum President & CEO; George Foyo, Baptist Health South Florida Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer; and Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Superintendent. The event’s special guests were students of M-DCPS’ iPrep Academy, located in downtown Miami close to Museum Park. Following the conference, the students were treated to a healthy cooking demonstration by Baptist Health South Florida Executive Chef Richard Plasencia and Chief Wellness Dietitian Natalie Castro. The duo shared their recipe for a Plantain & Quinoa Salad, representative of the kind of programming in store for the New Museum. Daniel Mannina, the Museum’s Public Programs Assistant Manager – Community Outreach, then presented a visual Fantastic Bodies live science demonstration with student assistance.

“We could not think of a better partner for the creation of a first-of-its-kind gallery that will teach people how to make better choices for a healthy life,” said Gillian Thomas, President and CEO of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. “The Baptist Health People & Science Gallery will leave a lasting impression on all of the visitors to the Museum, providing them with hands-on learning experiences that will help change their way of life for the better. We are grateful to Baptist Health South Florida for its support and hope that other organizations follow their lead in supporting science education.”

“Baptist Health South Florida is proud to partner with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science to help children, families and visitors of all ages learn and explore the world of science and gain a greater understanding of how our bodies work and of the importance of making healthy choices,” said George Foyo, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Baptist Health South Florida. “We know that with the People & Science Gallery, we will be able to provide fun and unique educational experiences that will help improve wellness in our community and beyond.”

“We know the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will greatly complement the science curriculum taught in schools and will offer students a hands-on approach,” said Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. “The Baptist Health People & Science Gallery will be a great place for students to see how science affects their daily lives.”

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2015 Big Bang Committee Kick-off Luncheon

Posted on November 4th, 2014

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Ali Lamadrid, Lena Lowell, & Cristina Mas

On Thursday, October 30, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science hosted the official kickoff luncheon for the Big Bang, the after-party of the 13th Annual Galaxy Gala hosted by the Young Patrons. Big Bang co-chairs, Ali Lamadrid, Lena Lowell and Cristina Mas, welcomed over 20 committee members to the afternoon affair which took place in the Museum’s Space Gallery. Also in attendance were the Galaxy Gala co-chairs, Jennifer Montoya and Shelly Dimitrijevic, along with Museum President & CEO, Gillian Thomas. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will host its stellar 13th Annual Galaxy Gala on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Hilton Miami Downtown. The now famously dynamic evening celebrating science will play on the elements of light and water, with exciting technology and innovative features throughout the space. Coinciding with the Galaxy Gala is the Big Bang after-party, targeted at young professionals ages 21-40. The Big Bang evening begins with a cocktail reception before the doors open to the main event where attendees join Galaxy Gala guests and “crash” the party. The Gala then transforms into a nightlife-inspired event with DJ, dancing, special performances and cocktails. For more information on sponsorship and ticketing for the Galaxy Gala and Big Bang, contact Ruth Robinson at rrobinson@sciencegala.com.

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2015 Galaxy Gala Committee Kick-off Luncheon

Posted on October 24th, 2014

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On Wednesday, September 17, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science hosted their kickoff luncheon for the 13th Annual Galaxy Gala and Young Patrons Big Bang after-party. The afternoon affair was sponsored by Asprey and hosted at Metro 1 PropertiesFilling Station Lofts. Gala co-chairs, Jennifer Montoya and Shelly Dimitrijevic, welcomed over 40 participants to mark the beginning of the committee’s efforts to organize and plan the annual gala in support of the Museum’s new state-of-the-art facility under construction in downtown Miami’s Museum Park.

Notable attendees included Philanthropic Chair Trish Bell and the Big Bang Co-Chairs: Ali Lamadrid, Lena Lowell and Cristina Mas. The Museum’s President & CEO Gillian Thomas gave an update on the construction progress of the Museum before the committee shared the news of Nancy Hector coming onboard as Honorary Chair, and Jacqueline Simkin joining Betty Brandt as Presenting Chairs of the event.

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will host its stellar 13th Annual Galaxy Gala on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Hilton Miami Downtown. The now famously dynamic evening celebrating science will play on the elements of light and water, with exciting technology and innovative features throughout the space. The experience begins with a cocktail reception featuring live animals and an auction, followed by dining, dancing and entertainment. During the Gala, the Museum will honor the following individuals and organizations to acknowledge those who have exhibited exceptional leadership and commitment to the development and building of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science: The Visionary Award will be presented to Sandy Batchelor and Nancy & Jon Batchelor; the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science award will be given to Julia Rea Bianchi; and Baptist Health South Florida will receive the Vanguard Award. For more information on sponsorship and ticketing for the Galaxy Gala and Big Bang, contact Ruth Robinson at rrobinson@sciencegala.com.

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RFQ: Website and Mobile App Development

Posted on September 16th, 2014

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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is seeking to identify and select a partner to design and implement a completely new website and mobile app for the new $275 million Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, to be located in Museum Park in Miami, Florida. This new highly sustainable facility will include a planetarium, aquarium, both indoor and outdoor flexible space for science exhibits as well as educational facilities.

The design for both the website and mobile app will be based on and follow the corporate identity and branding. Submission of qualifications can be for both scopes or for one individually. It is the intent of the museum to engage the final selected entity(s) in a conceptual planning phase of work to better define the scope and duration. The completion of the planning phase will include a full cost proposal to complete the agreed scope of work.

To obtain a copy of the RFQ, contact Ezra Garcia at EzraGarcia@hillintl.com.

All responses are due to by 2:00 pm EST on October 10th, 2014

Precast panels are going up!

Posted on August 29th, 2014

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Construction on our new facility in downtown Miami’s Museum Park is well underway. Things are always happening at the construction site, with a continuous number of milestones, both big and small. Over the past few days, the Museum has begun the precast process on the exterior of the building, a significant and visual phase of the construction. These exterior walls will be the first distinct design element guests will encounter as they approach the building. Designed by Grimshaw Architects, each individual precast panel weighs roughly 25 tons and measures approximately 32 feet tall, 12 feet wide and 10.5 inches thick. How many pounds is 25 tons? 50,000. Imagine trying to carry that!