Tampa, Fla., June 30, 2014 – The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) still has more than 200 scholarships available for students in need of financial assistance to attend MOSI Summer Science Camps. Eligible students need to submit an application along with proof of financial need. The application and eligibility requirements can be found on campfun.org.
Scholarship funds were raised via MOSI’s Give Change to Make Change campaign, presented by PNC Bank, which aimed to send 400 underserved children to MOSI Summer Science Camp this year. Thanks to the generosity of Tampa Bay donors, MOSI surpassed its goal, but less than 200 scholarships have been awarded to date.
As science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) education becomes more crucial to the enrichment of the Tampa Bay community, MOSI programs are moving from nice to necessary, and this includes MOSI’s Summer Science Camps.
The Museum of Science & Industry is a non-profit, community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of STEAM. MOSI’s core ideology is to make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. With MOSI’s recent announcement of free memberships for Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas county school employees, MOSI now gives more than $3 million back to the community annually in free tickets, memberships, scholarships, outreach and educator trainings.
In addition to these scholarships offered, MOSI hosts several free community-wide events each year including: this year’s past City of Tampa and Hillsborough County Hurricane EXPO; Hillsborough County Schools Elementary Science Olympics and Brain Bowl; free educator events for teachers, administrators and their families; a free home school educators open house; and free quarterly SkyWatches, an event where the community can come and use MOSI telescopes and talk to our educators about the wonders of space. In addition to holding several annual discounted admission days, including five $5 day events just last year, MOSI also hosts more than 1,200 middle school students of migrant families each year through its Meet the Scientist Day, as part of the National Hispanic Scientist of the Year event.
For more information on how to apply for a MOSI camp scholarship, visit campfun.org or call 813-987-6000. For more information on ways you can support MOSI, call Molly Demeulenaere, Vice President of Development, at 813-987-6017.
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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, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) 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 engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s new technology playground and 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.