Tampa, Florida — Science educators from MOSI will head to 15 low-income elementary schools in Polk County this year, armed with all the tools needed for kids to build real robots – to inspire students by showing them how to build their own robotic creations and learn the science behind the machines.
The powerful new program is funded through a grant to the Museum of Science & Industry from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.
Students at these Title I schools will get a life-changing hands-on experience in the type of STEAM learning – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – that leads to the most important, fastest-growing careers for the 21st Century.
“This program will help these kids explore new passions while showing them science is cool! Who doesn’t want to build their own robot? It’s a program that will show kids that their futures are limitless,” said Molly Demeulenaere, MOSI President and CEO.
The outreach program, called Robot Roundup, will immerse kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades into new technology and the engineering behind machines. Kids will have the chance to assemble their own robots and program them to solve different physical and mental challenges.
School visits have already been scheduled in Winter Haven, Auburndale, Lakeland, and Poinciana – and others are anticipated in Fort Meade, Davenport, Eagle Lake, and Mulberry. The Robot Roundup program is made possible through the GiveWell Community Foundation’s 2016 Impact Polk annual grant program to address the community’s needs and help kids learn to engage and lead in new ways.
MOSI brings hands-on science experiences to all kinds of schools all over Florida, including a mobile science lab and even a portable planetarium! To find out how to bring a MOSI science educator to your school, visit mosi.org.
MOSI, the Museum of Science & Industry, is Tampa Bay’s community-supported science center. At MOSI, people of all ages (this means you!) can see and do amazing things every day. Ride in the only driverless car open to the public in North America, witness the future in 3D Printing: The Exhibition, experience an immersive film in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre, see the stars in the Saunders Planetarium, have a blast in our Kids In Charge! children’s science center, wonder at nature in our BioWorks Butterfly Garden, and defy gravity on our Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line. MOSI (we pronounce it MOH’-zee) is the largest science center in the Southeast, and a not-for-profit magnet for innovation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education where we make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information about MOSI, visit mosi.org.