Things got down right cerebral at Frost Science last month thanks to the opening of one of our newest exhibitions, Brain: The Inside Story. We also examined how meditation changes the mind, talked about coding with Facebook and welcomed astronaut Scott Kelly to town. Wondering what else happened at Frost Science last month? Here’s the scoop:
Brain: The Inside Story Opens
On October 6, we welcomed over 1,200 of our members for an exclusive preview of Brain: The Inside Story, located in the Hsiao Family Special Exhibition Gallery. Brain, which officially opened to the public the following day, explores how the human brain has evolved, how it works and how it makes us who we are. After exploring the exhibition, members were taken to the MeLaβ for complimentary beverages and liquid nitro ice cream.
Our Giving Circle members and Young Patrons also had an opportunity to explore Brain during an exclusive event on October 11 that included an open bar and a delectable spread by Food@Science featuring a pasta station, sliders and lobster mac and cheese.
Brain: The Inside Story is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with Codice.Idee per la Cultura, Torino, Italy, in association with Comune di Milano—Assessorato Cultura, Italy; the Guangdong Science Center, Guangzhou, China and Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain.
Art Days: Take Flight with Kites
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a perfectly constructed kite! On October 14 and 15, we celebrated the sixth annual Art Days with a make-your-own kite workshop. Local artist Kerry Phillips was on hand to help guests decorate their flying contraption and make it their own.
Art Days is a collaboration between the Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA) and the cultural spaces and artists residing in Downtown Miami that promotes fun-filled days of special programs and free events aimed at exploring the arts.
A Conversation with Daniel Goleman with Books & Books
In the last twenty years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. And on October 16, we partnered with Books & Books and the Miami Book Fair to host New York Times best-seller Daniel Goleman, author of “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body,” at Miami-Dade College. Following a short mindfulness activity with Innergy Meditation, Mr. Goleman discussed the cutting-edge research behind this age-old practice and how it can help us.
The Venture City x Facebook Young Patrons Event
On October 18, our Young Patrons were invited to the exclusive launch of Facebook’s first Developer Circle in Miami inside the Frost Planetarium. Developer Circles are forums to share knowledge, collaborate, build new ideas and learn about the latest technologies from Facebook and other industry leaders.
Hosted by The Venture City and Wyncode Academy, guests enjoyed food, drinks, swag, and special presentations with other likeminded technophiles.
This month, we also launched our brand-new Member Hours experience with a special Member Morning! From 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., our members were treated to a meet-and-greet with one of our rehabilitated owls, a special pre-opening viewing of our newest Frost Planetarium show, “To Space & Back,” and early bird shopping hours at the Science Store featuring 20% off their entire purchase. Coffee@Frost Science was also on hand to warm up members with the recently released pumpkin spice latte.
Spooky Science Monster Mash + Monster Fish Opening
On Saturday, October 28, over 4,000 guests celebrated Halloween with us during our Spooky Science Monster Mash. The day was filled with bone-chilling science experiments and creepy, cool encounters, including underwater pumpkin carving in the Aquarium and a thrilling series of hands-on experiments in celebration of National Chemistry Week (NCW), presented by the American Chemical Society of South Florida. Guests also had the opportunity to experience the debut of our newest special exhibition, Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants, which looks at the bizarre and colossal ancient fish that silently roam the depths of the world’s freshwater rivers.
Monster Fish is developed and traveled by the National Geographic Society.
Astronaut Scott Kelly with Books & Books
Winding up the month, we partnered with Book & Books and the Miami Book Fair to welcome astronaut Scott Kelly to the town. On October 30, he came to Miami Dade College to discuss his newest book, “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery” with our very own Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego, curator of astronomy and developer of exhibits. Guests were treated to Mr. Kelly’s message of hope for the future and his views on the inevitable human exploration of Mars.
Good news: There’s plenty happening at Frost Science next month, too. Be sure to visit our calendar of events for more details on November’s schedule.