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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is merely a starting point for the adventures we inspire. With nearly 2.5 million residents inhabiting Miami-Dade County, representing a dynamic array of peoples from around the world, our goal is to actively cultivate opportunities that engage the local South Florida community beyond the four walls of our facility.

Offsite programming includes citizen science-based volunteering, school outreach, early childhood education, integrated technology, professional development, mentoring and so much more. Please see below for a comprehensive list detailing our current offerings.

MUVE - Museum Volunteers for the Environment

MUVE is the Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum's volunteer-based restoration project. MUVE uses social media, eco-art and science exhibits to engage local residents to restore coastal habitats that once thrived in Miami. Since 2007, over 5,000 volunteers have restored more than 15 acres of mangroves, freshwater wetlands, dune habitat and coastal forest. These plants provide shelter for native organisms above and below the water line, stabilize our shores, protect our city from storms and sea level rise, and serve as a nursery for commercial fish. We invite you to join our efforts to bring back these habitats and the economic and ecological services they provide.

Science Stars

Funded in part (for the '13 / '14 Fiscal Year) by the Moore Foundation and a YEP Grant

During the school year, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science invites eight elementary schools in underserved communities throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) District to be a part of the Science Stars Program. The program aims to promote science, technology and innovation to Title 1 schools by engaging and connecting students with real scientists while introducing them to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. A primary focus of the program is to empower underserved youth, families and communities while inspiring the scientists of tomorrow. The program has been very successful in its first two years and we are looking forward to another successful year.

Kellogg Foundation Echos (Early Childhood Hands-On Science) Family Engagement

The Institute for Education Sciences funded the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, in partnership with the University of Miami, to develop a comprehensive early childhood science curriculum, assessment tools and professional development program. It has currently been awarded a generous two-year grant by the Kellogg Foundation in partnership with Miami-Dade County Head Start program. Visit http://www.wkkf.org for more information.

ECHOS' aim is to demonstrate that through direct and guided inquiry-based experiences, preschool children can learn fundamental science concepts and the thinking skills associated with developing scientific habits of mind. Results from a preliminary study indicated that the ECHOS program had significant impact on children's science knowledge and science-related behaviors. Currently, a full-scale random control research study, involving 90 Miami Head Start classrooms, is evaluating the efficacy of the ECHOS curriculum, professional development and assessment tools.

GECO - Girls Engineering Competition Open

Funded by the Kennedy Family Foundation

This initiative addresses the need to widen the engineering pipeline by raising interest in science and engineering among middle school girls. The Museum organizes engineering training workshops for 120 girls and their teachers, led by Museum staff and four female mentors from the University of Miami. The project then culminates in engineering challenges and a family day at the museum. GECO's goals are to increase girls' content knowledge in electrical engineering and motivate them to pursue advanced courses in mathematics and science. The program also increases teacher awareness for promoting gender equity in STEM education and supports parent involvement in their daughter's science and technology education aspirations.

CHISPA - Children Investigating Science with Parents and Afterschool

Funded by the National Science Foundation

CHISPA is a national collaboration between the museum, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the ASPIRA Association and a network of ten science museums located in cities with growing Latino populations, that aims to address the disparity in science achievement of Latino children in the United States. By combining the expertise of the informal science learning community and the two largest Hispanic-serving community organizations in the nation, the project will build organizational capacity of partner museums and NCLR and ASPIRA afterschool program staff to implement CHISPA in their afterschool programs.

Museum partners include: Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia, PA), American Museum of Natural History, Liberty Science Center, California Science Center, Chicago Children's Museum, Discovery Place, Explora!, The Health Museum, Science City at Union Station, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

APEX

Funded by the National Science Foundation

APEX Science brings the excitement of hands-on science exploration to children in afterschool programs. Developed by the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum, APEX Science also includes a training model for staff of local community-based organizations and schools that provide afterschool care.

vMAX - Virtual Missions and Exoplanets

Funded by the Funded by NASA Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums

vMAX will develop and test a 3D, virtual world environment that will engage middle school students and educators from high-poverty schools in NASA-related exoplanet mission simulations. The Museum will serve as the lead institution, in partnership with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, New York Hall of Science, Chabot Space & Science Center, and Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center.

The overall goal of vMAX is to create a NASA resource on exoplanet astronomy that will engage students, educators, and the general public in the search for worlds beyond our own. The project aims to increase underserved students' engagement in STEM, knowledge of exoplanet missions, and awareness of NASA - related careers; and advance the growing body of knowledge on the use of virtual world technologies.

IMPACT - Integrated Marine Program and College Training

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education

IMPACT is the nation's first Upward Bound Math and Science Center to be led by a science museum. Now in its 14th year, the program provides academic enrichment opportunities to low-income, first-generation college-bound students, exposing them to the world of post-secondary study, and inspiring and preparing them to complete high school, enroll in college and engage in pathways toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. Conducted in partnership with University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, IMPACT has achieved national acclaim for its exemplary model and exceptional results. Since 2005, 96% of students have enrolled in a postsecondary institution with 64% declaring a STEM major or minor.

GROOVE - Girls Realizing Options through OpenSim Virtual Experiences

Funded by the National Institutes of Health

The Museum has partnered with the University of Miami Department of Psychology and the New York Hall of Science to create GROOVE (Girls Realizing Options through Open-Sim Virtual Experiences). Funded by the National Institutes of Health, GROOVE is a five-year research study and yearly summer program for middle school girls focused on nutrition and physical activity. The project addresses health disparities impacting underserved youth with the primary aim of reaching middle school girls before unhealthy habits become firmly ingrained, as well as the national need to cultivate diversity in preparing the next generation of health professionals.

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