Frost Science Hosts Badgley Mischka in Honor of Venus Orbit

Posted on December 8th, 2015

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By: MiaSci

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science hosted designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka presenting their Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Collections. The evening fete was hosted by Julia Rea Bianchi, Venus Orbit Chair, and Betty Lopez-Castro, Venus Orbit Philanthropic Chair in honor of the museum’s Venus Orbit women’s initiative, a group of dynamic women donating funds to support the Frost Planetarium’s vibrant science and space-focused programming.

To join Venus Orbit, contact Edson Pires, Donor Relations Officer, at epires@frostscience.org or call 305-434-9507. For more information on Venus Orbit, please click here.

Dynamic Signage RFP

Posted on December 3rd, 2015

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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science are seeking to identify and select a partner to provide a specialist Dynamic Signage system to the new (currently under construction) $275 million Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, located in Museum Park in Miami, Florida. This new highly sustainable facility will include an aquarium, indoor and outdoor flexible spaces for science exhibits, educational facilities and a 260+ seat Planetarium.

The Museum is seeking to appoint the most suitable vendor who possesses the experience, skills, and knowledge to install and commission a complete building wide Dynamic Signage system. The Museum intends to contract with a single entity and the selected vendor will be required to work with the Museum project team and the Museum’s appointed technology consultants – Visual Acuity.

To obtain a copy of the RFQ, contact Barrie Paveley, Visual Acuity at miasci4089@visual-acuity.com

Please provide the name of your company, location, main point of contact and contact information with your request for the RFQ.

RFQ requests will be accepted until December 17th 2015.

All responses are due by COB EST on January 15th 2016.

Building Wide Audio Visual and People & Science gallery RFP

Posted on December 3rd, 2015

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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science are seeking to identify and select a specialist partner to provide technology for a number of Building Wide AV systems and also for the magnificent People & Science gallery all located in the new (currently under construction) $275 million Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, located in Museum Park in Miami, Florida. This new highly sustainable facility will include an aquarium, indoor and outdoor flexible spaces for science exhibits, educational facilities and a 260+ seat Planetarium.

The Museum is seeking to appoint the most suitable vendor who possesses the experience, skills, and knowledge to install and commission a number of specialist AV systems. The Museum intends to contract with a single entity and the selected vendor will be required to work with the Museum project team and the Museum’s appointed technology consultants – Visual Acuity.

To obtain a copy of the RFQ, contact Barrie Paveley, Visual Acuity at miasci4089@visual-acuity.com

Please provide the name of your company, location, main point of contact and contact information with your request for the RFP.

RFP requests will be accepted until January 15th 2016.

All responses are due by COB EST on January 29th 2016.

Frost Science Hosts World Climate Project Workshop, Pairing Local Students and Leading Experts

Posted on December 1st, 2015

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By: MiaSci

This weekend we will be hosting a World Climate Project workshop, one of 176 organizations worldwide hosting mock-UN climate negotiations for local students. Organized by Climate Interactive’s World Climate Project, the program runs in concurrence with the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, France, which will be in the news all week. Our workshop is produced in collaboration with StarBot Academy, Breakthrough Miami, Dream in Green, and University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

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During the workshop, 60 high school students from our Upward Bound program will join with 120 students from StarBot Academy, Breakthrough Miami’s middle school STEM Program. Students will work together in 30 teams representing countries from around the world to negotiate climate agreements that will stabilize global average temperatures. First, teams hit the Dream in Green’s Genius Bar to consult with climate scientists from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (professors Amy Clement and Ben Kirtman). Once teams have a comprehension of the issues, they use a policy simulator called C-ROADS (Climate Rapid Overview and Decision Support), which was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Climate Interactive, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Ventana Systems. Each country or group of countries will then devise a plan of action best suited to their needs and an overall potential climate change solution.

Throughout the day, students will have the chance to revise their climate plans, model them via C-ROADS, and compare the outcomes, then have a moderated discussion about the current state of the negotiations at COP21 led by Professor Kirtman.

To learn more about World Climate Project, please visit: https://www.climateinteractive.org/world-climate-project/.

Using Art to Understand Science: Frost Science Partners with Two 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Recipients

Posted on December 1st, 2015

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Sometimes art allows us to understand, express, and share science. In that spirit, we’re proud to announce our partnership with two of South Florida’s leading arts institutions, the New World Symphony and ArtCenter/South Florida. Both have received grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge 2015, which funds ideas that bring South Florida together through the arts—our popular Science Art Cinema series is a great example from last year’s challenge.

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This year, two Frost Science employees—artist and exhibition developer Alexandra Kuechenberg and curator of astronomy and exhibition developer Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego—teamed with filmmaker Jonathan David Kane, New World Symphony’s Videographer for Artistic Programs to work on one of his original ideas. The result is Corpus Callosum, a multidisciplinary effort that combines classical music performances with advancements in neuroscience to create a new form of audience experience. Its premiere project, entitled “On A High Note,” is an exploration of music and the human mind, and will include interactive educational exhibits, synesthetic concert experiences and a curated series of engaging panels and lectures.

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Frost Science has also partnered with ArtCenter/South Florida to explore relevant water issues through the arts by creating ARTSail. ARTSail is a one-month residency program aboard a sailboat where participants create work inspired by Miami’s relationship to water. The project calls upon artist to respond to ecological challenges in the open oceans, estuaries and bays that surround Miami. Artists will work alongside scientists and science students through the partnership with Frost Science.

Looking ahead, Frost Science is committed to keep playing an active role in bringing science and art together—something especially relevant in a community like Miami. Ongoing efforts like the Curious Vault Collaborations and the Science Art Cinema series are good examples of this, and will surely be joined by others once the new museum opens in the summer of 2016.

Frost Science and FIU Partner to Enhance the Science Education of Both Teachers and Students

Posted on November 30th, 2015

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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science has been at the forefront of the preschool movement to change when and how science education is introduced.

“For decades we have been missing a great opportunity—our youngest and most natural scientists were largely being ignored by the science education establishment,” said Judy Brown, VP emerita of Education at Frost Science. “With a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the collaboration of the Miami-Dade County Head Start program, we developed the Early Childhood Hands On Science (ECHOS) program to address the opportunity presented by our youngest learners.”

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With funding from the State of Florida, we are now taking the next step – helping to prepare future teachers to feel comfortable introducing science. To do that, we’ve recently partnered with Florida International University to create a pilot program that will provide real-world classroom experience in science learning for perspective teachers. FIU students will receive training in our Early Childhood Hands-On Science (ECHOS) program, a curriculum that has expanded, with support from the Kellogg Foundation, to include family engagement, encouraging parents to work hand-in-hand with their children’s teachers to create substantial early learning opportunities.

In December, the first group of college students who completed the ECHOS training will be paired with teachers in various outlets, including preschool centers operated by Head Start, several Early Learning Coalition providers, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Thena C. Crowder Early Childhood Diagnostic and Special Education Center. They will commit at least 36 hours toward helping low-income children, age three to five, learn about science through hands-on activities that develop crucial critical thinking skills. The centers are located across South Florida, including Opa Locka, Overtown, Liberty City, Little Haiti, Wynwood and Homestead.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to reduce the gap in school readiness,” said Daniela Foerch, an early childhood education instructor at the College of Education. “Head Start students will have access to Frost Science resources to gain a better understanding of science helping them learn through inquiry while applying the scientific method. Because we are teaching science through exploration, we expect to have a longterm impact on educational equity.”

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In addition, college students in the FIUteach program, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teacher preparation initiative, will receive training in science communication and complete internships at Frost Science, working with exhibit content developers and education experts in creating field trip programming for elementary and secondary education students. This enhanced work is being designed in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

FIU is one of South Florida’s anchor institutions and recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. With more than 55,000 students, it is one of the largest minority-serving universities in the United States and awards more STEM degrees to Hispanic students than any other university in the nation.