A Living Learning Laboratory
Providing learning opportunities for visitors of all ages is the heart of the MiaSci mission. Building on our current Museum’s track record of excellence in this area, the new MiaSci will be a living laboratory that invites children and adults to explore the many facets of science and technology – while stimulating a lifelong love of learning.
MiaSci will support a wide variety of educational opportunities, including interactive exhibits, early childhood classes, youth development programs, summer classes, school tours, public lectures and science demonstrations. MiaSci staff will provide customized experiences tailored to different age groups, learning needs, and curriculum themes, with a particular emphasis on school groups and programs for those who remain under-represented in the fields of science and technology.
Building on two decades of leadership in science education reform, MiaSci will continue to offer professional development for teachers and other educators, modeling best practices for hands-on inquiry-based science as well as integration of new and emerging technologies into the science classroom.
MiaSci will also continue to build strategic partnerships with school districts, colleges, universities, research institutes, and community-based organizations, serving as a center for research on informal science learning, a hub for scientific exchange, and leveraging partner resources to provide internship experiences and rich learning opportunities.
Early Learning @ MiaSci
Childhood is an ideal time to instill a lifelong interest in science, and MiaSci will offer a range of spaces and activities specially designed for young learners through age 7. Branching off from the outdoor Living Core, the River of Grass will be a magical environment where young children can explore the Everglades in a way that is adapted to their interests and needs. A secure, welcoming area for families, this indoor-outdoor discovery space will offer hands-on activities in the natural and physical sciences. Safe indoor climbing structures, crawling areas and water-play components will encourage exploration among smaller children, while a separate area will address the special social and physical needs of youngest visitors.
Throughout the Museum, the reappearance of flowing water will signal opportunities for young children, providing a recognizable pathway of exploration for early learners.
Adjoining the River of Grass will be the Early Learning Lab, a specialized space for engaging young children in activities that stimulate early science process skills. Teachers, parents, caregivers, researchers, and other professionals will be able to observe demonstrations led by skilled early childhood educators, improving their ability to engage very young children in age appropriate science learning. When not in use for demonstration projects, the Early Learning Lab will be open to the public, with modular kits and learning cards available to guide activities.
A Home for Scientific Research
From instant visitor surveys to long-term studies on topics such as marine biology or environmental quality, MiaSci will provide an active home for scientific research activities. MiaSci will develop lasting partnerships with research institutions in South Florida and around the world linked by personal contact, videoconferencing and broadband Internet access. Visiting and local scientists will be invited to present their research and engage in discussions – demonstrating science in action.