This installment of ONSITE features Michael Spring, director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and senior advisor to the Mayor. Check out the video to learn how the construction of the new Frost Science site completes the county's vision of Miami as a world-class cultural hub.
Overview of the Frost Science MUVE restoration work at Virginia Key.
Centrally located in downtown Miami’s waterfront Museum Park, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is a leading-edge science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation, and fueling innovation for the future. Sitting on four acres, the 250,000-square-foot museum divides into four distinct buildings: the Aquarium, the Frost Planetarium, and the North and West Wings. At Frost Science, visitors can explore the science and connections behind living ecosystems, the miraculous human body and mind, the adventure of flight and the wild frontier of innovation and technology.
The Frost Science mobile outreach program, "Out & About with Frost Science," brings learning directly to Miami-Dade County classrooms, assembly halls and community centers.
MUVE is a volunteer-based habitat restoration project that uses social media, eco-art, and science exhibits to engage local residents in restoring coastal environments that once thrived in Miami. Since 2007, over 7500 volunteers have restored more than 25 acres of mangroves, freshwater wetlands, dune habitat and coastal forest. These environments provide shelter for native organisms above and below the waterline, stabilize our shores, protect our city from storms and sea level rise, and serve as a nursery for a food chain of marine life, including fish crucial to the commercial and sport fishing industries.
A goal of Frost Science is to share the power of science with as many people as possible, and as effectively as possible. To do so we’ve dedicated ourselves to research partnerships and youth programs, and earned an international reputation for excellence in this regard. Our projects focus on expanding access to science learning among traditionally underrepresented groups, early childhood hands-on science, and professional development on inclusive, inquiry-based science education. We partner with schools, universities, research institutions and other museums to develop, evaluate and scale innovative approaches and best practices.
Science can have a positive impact on the world, and we’re committed to sharing it with the broadest audience possible. We build partnerships with community-based organizations, local government and private businesses throughout Miami-Dade County and beyond. Supported by a wide range of private and public donors, our projects range in focus from urban gardening, to coastal restoration, to workforce development for special needs adults.
Batchelor Environmental Center
One of the great traditions at Frost Science has been our Batchelor Environmental Center, which rehabilitates upwards of 800 osprey, great horned owls, peregrine falcons and other raptors each year. The center is moving to a state-of-the-art new facility on the FIU campus featuring "positive" air flow for hygiene and a digital x-ray machine accurate enough to assess soft-tissue damage.
The building will also house our fish holding and quarantine tanks, where we ensure fish's health before transporting them to the downtown museum site. The Environmental Center will continue to accept injured birds at the Coconut Grove location until the new Center opens on the FIU campus.
Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE)
MUVE is Frost Science's volunteer-based habitat restoration project, based on the principle of Act, Learn and Engage. In April, MUVE partnered with The Nature Conservancy to host "Connect with Nature," a day-long event that celebrated getting dirty. Volunteers planted more than 2,000 mangrove propagules and removed trash from the beach, as well as from the newly cleared hammock planting area at Virginia Key North Point. This summer, volunteers planted 3,400 native hammock trees on the site, whose unique ecosystem comprises four separate habitats: sea turtle nesting beach, dune, freshwater wetland, and native forest.
MUVE also led a volunteer project with FedEx to replant two acres of maritime hardwood forest as part of a grant program sponsored by FedEx and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to address pressing urban environmental challenges.
IMPACT (Integrated Maine Program and College Training)
IMPACT (Integrated Maine Program and College Training), a part of the national Upward Bound program, focuses on low-income, first-generation college-bound kids, and over the course of four years immerses them in STEM ideas via marine biology programming, and gives them a pipeline to college. Since 2005 IMPACT has sent 96 percent of its students on to postsecondary education, with 64 percent declaring a STEM major or minor.
Science Stars 2016-2017
The Science Stars Program was developed as a way to give back to the broader community of Miami-Dade who helped make the dream of a new science museum a reality through their support. The program is designed to inspire and engage elementary students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools in science, technology, and innovation, particularly in underserved communities. In the first three school years of the program, 23 elementary schools in underserved communities throughout the county have participated.
vMAX: Virtual Missions and Exoplanets
vMAX engages students and the general public in the search for worlds beyond our own. With a three year grant from NASA, Frost Science has developed custom resources including a virtual world, supporting curriculum and museum exhibit. Students and museum visitors explore the vMAX virtual world via their avatars, investigating real exoplanets, missions, and data, and immersing themselves in 3D simulations of exoplanetary systems and detection methods–all while interacting with other avatars.
Cesar L. Alvarez
Senior Chairman, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Richard C. Pfenniger, Jr.,
Vice Chair, Executive Committee
Phillip Frost, M.D.
Deputy Mayor, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor
Senior Advisor and Director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade County
Paul J. DiMare
President, DiMare Homestead, Inc.
Audrey M. Edmonson
Commissioner, Miami-Dade County, District 3
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director, Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc.
Commissioner, City of Miami, District 2
Dr. Eldredge "Biff" Bermingham
Chief Science Officer
Vice President, Content Development & Programs
Vice President, Technology
Vice President, Exhibition Project Management and Design
G. Trevor Powers
Senior Vice President, Engineering and Facilities
Vice President, Animal Husbandry
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Guest Experience
Senior Vice President, Administration and General Counsel
Vice President, Finance
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.