What does MOSI mean for our community?
MOSI exists for one core reason: To make a difference in people's lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds.
We have inspired the 15 million guests who have visited our science center, but our reach goes so much farther.
With the help of our Members, donors, and partners, MOSI provides scholarships for kids from low-income families to go to Science Camp; gives free training to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) educators across Tampa Bay; sends our mobile science lab around the state of Florida to educate and inspire; and much more.
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An eye-opening, inspiring field trip to MOSI just isn't an option for every school, so MOSI is ready to come to them! Each year, more than 10,000 students are impacted by MOSI's outreach programs, which take a mobile science lab, a portable planetarium, a robot construction kit, and more to any school in Florida. Grants and donations support outreach programs to schools in crucial low-income, inner-city, and rural areas.
Through science and service, MOSI’s YES! Team is a path for kids to grow toward a positive future, with a 98% high school graduation rate. The MOSI YES! Team is a service-learning program that leads students from minorities underrepresented in the sciences to get involved in community service and shows them how to apply those experiences to their personal and academic development.
MOSI is the first Florida institution to participate in Museums for All, a cooperative initiative that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.Low-income families can visit MOSI year-round for a minimal fee. Florida residents with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid form of photo ID will have access for up to five guests for only $3 per person.
During every school break, MOSI’s Science Camps bring STEAM education and its career paths alive through fun, hands-on, minds-on learning. Every year, hundreds of students from low-income families are able to dive deep into their interests or find new passions, thanks to need-based Science Camp scholarships.
Kids learn the value of giving by naming and decorating a piggy bank donated by PNC Bank, then filling the bank with donations. The funds are used to send kids from low-income families to MOSI Science Camp -- while the young philanthropists celebrate the giving spirit with a fun-filled Children's Gala.
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MOSI's core ideology shows our commitment to "making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds" and the NOYCE Foundation has honored us with a Bright Lights award for our efforts to reach low-income families. Some examples include Museums for All -- $3 admission to MOSI every day with an EBT card -- and outreach efforts like our Robot Roundup program, which brings real robots to fifteen Title I middle schools in Polk County for a day of fun, programming, and inspiration.
MOSI offers a free MOSI Membership to any school district employee in the state of Florida, serving 30,000 educators within easy driving distance. Our professional development training for classroom educators builds their STEAM teaching skills. For homeschool families, MOSI offers low-cost Memberships plus math and science labs for students. And our Educator-in-Training camp lets middle and high school students explore a career in teaching.
More than 80,000 students come to MOSI each year for field trips and school group programs. With 400 hands-on experiences, sessions with MOSI educators tailored to their interests, plus immersive IMAX® films and planetarium shows -- they see their classroom learning come to life and leave inspired to learn and do more.
Through IMAX® films, hands-on exhibits, camps, programs, and more, STEAM comes to life at MOSI -- making MOSI the clearest link to STEAM concepts outside of a classroom for the people of the Tampa Bay Area. MOSI's staff and leadership are worldwide leaders in the field of out-of-the-classroom STEAM learning; MOSI CEO Molly Demeulenaere currently serves as co-chair of the Tampa Bay STEM Ecosystem and as a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Public Policy Committee. She also servers as a board member for the Florida Association of Museums and the Tampa Innovation Alliance.
MOSI and Tampa are hosting the 2016 Association of Science-Technology Centers Annual Conference. MOSI is bringing 2,000 science center leaders from around the world to our area for a major gathering with an estimated economic impact on Tampa Bay of $1.4 million.
More than 1,500 students from middle schools in low-income areas with a primarily minority population travel to MOSI for a day of inspiration -- meeting with a rock star scientist and spending a day exploring MOSI's 400 hands-on learning experiences. Donations support the program to connect kids with success stories from someone who can share personal experiences that resonate: MOSI's National Hispanic Scientist of the Year.