TAMPA, Fla. – MOSI will host Tampa’s first-ever STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Professional Leadership Forum and luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 11:30 a.m. With a prestigious panel of scientists, artists and entrepreneurs, the forum will provide Bay area residents the chance to discuss the opportunities and challenges that the region faces in regard to becoming a leader in STEAM education.
“The future of our world lies in innovation, which cannot exist without STEAM education,” said Wit Ostrenko, president of the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa. “MOSI has been educating the people of this region on STEAM and the importance of innovation for more than three decades.”
The panel will be moderated by Brent Britton, an engineer, attorney and University of Tampa professor. Featured panelists are Dr. Raúl Cuero, a microbiologist, inventor and MOSI’s 2013 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year, who developed the technology to eliminate toxic and radio-nuclide contaminants using Martian Simulant Soil; Dr. Kerriann Greenhalgh, an organic chemist and entrepreneur who developed a topical water-based hydrogel for applications in all aspects of woundcare; and Jeff Hazelton, a biologist, artist and entrepreneur engaged in the genesis of new products, technology platforms, and expanding their applications at Lucid Global.
The STEAM Professional Leadership Forum will take place at MOSI on Thursday, Oct. 10. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and panel discussions will begin at noon. Tickets for the forum and lunch are $45, if purchased in advance. MOSI and Tampa Bay Technology Forum member tickets are $35. There will be a limited number of tickets available the day of the event for $55. To reserve tickets, call 813-987-6080 or visit MOSI.org.
About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology, and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation; The Amazing You—a 13,000 square-foot exhibition on health and wellness; or Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, which combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 35 elements on a 12 – 36 foot high, multilevel structure, or soar 700 feet on the Sky Trail Zip Line. Budding inventors can Dream It – Make It – Do it in MOSI’s new technology playground & inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and preschoolers can experiment with friction and collision physics in Slippery Science, a PNC Passport to Science – Grow Up Great Initiative. Additionally, MOSI recently unveiled its newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA, where guests can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.