This past weekend, the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science hosted its Innovation & Engineering Weekend, a four-day event themed “Building the City of the Future.” Sponsored by Wells Fargo, Ryder Corporation and The Knight Foundation, the event taught guests about architecture and design, energy, environment, transportation and the corresponding urban challenges and solutions.
In addition to the museum’s permanent exhibits, there were a wide range of special activities that appealed to both young children and adults. Exhibits and projects were divided into four major categories: Environment, Transportation, Energy and Design.
An ongoing project in the sea lab atrium is Urban Gardening – a new approach to gardening that uses a vertical hydroponics system. Urban Gardening is used when space is limited and conventional gardening methods will not work. The trays can be raised and lowered so planting and harvesting is easy for anyone. The plants currently in the project are basil, sorrel, parsley, marigold and nasturtium.
In the Design Center, several companies, such as Best Buy, Starbot, and 3D Stuffmaker, showcased technology in the form of robotics – a huge hit as everyone was able to drive robot vehicles and planes, and play with each company’s latest innovations.
Featured in the beautiful Wildlife Center was The Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center, an organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured birds. Protected birds include bald eagles, owls, and vultures. Several tortoises and alligators were also housed in the center.
If you have not been to Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science recently, it is worth the trip as the museum has been working hard at adding new exhibits and more engaging activities. If you are the parent of a younger child, make sure to pick up the “Follow the Ducks” guide, an early learner activity guide that will help your littlest scientists enjoy the museum. This past weekend I was impressed as we had even more fun than our last visit, and there are still more big changes and excitement to come.