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Robots, Butterflies, and 3-D Printing: The Museum of Science and Industry

By William Swan

Hillsborough County, Florida has had a focus on kids, community and education spanning more than fifty years. Evidence of this exists in the establishment of the Museum of Science and Industry, first organized by the county as a youth museum in 1962. The museum, known by the acronym MOSI, is a community-based non-profit set out to provide an informal science education based upon facts and fun.

Even after many locations and name changes, the general purpose of MOSI has remained unchanged. The current 74 acre museum campus first opened in 1982 and has continually grown to meet the needs of this vibrant community. MOSI stands out among science museums. Megan Haskins, Marketing and Communications Specialist, tells us that the museum holds Florida's only IMAX Dome Theater; "MOSI is also the largest science center in the southeast and the 8th largest in the U.S," she says.

Parents, teachers, and kids all find fun and education within the on-campus planetarium and public library, the Back Woods Nature Center, the BioWorks Butterfly Garden, and over 450 exhibits on space, technology, gaming and more. If you're having trouble planning which exhibits to visit, a few of the more popular ones include: the Imagination Playground, where kids engineer robots; Mission Moonbase, where you can experience NASA's view of living on other planets; and 3D Printing the Future, with a glimpse of 3D technologies and possibilities.

While most museums must charge admission to generate much needed income, MOSI has adapted to keep access available for all ages and income levels. In 2015, the museum became Florida's first institution to offer discounted admission to low-income families. MOSI participates in Museums for All, a cooperative initiative between the Association of Children's Museums and the Institution for Museum and Library Services, allowing families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly. "By removing the financial barrier, Museums for All also removes the social and academic barrier children face when they are not exposed to high-quality museum experiences. A museum visit can inspire the development of new skills and interests, while igniting creativity and enriching social connections," says Molly Demeulenaere, Interim CEO and President of MOSI.

The museum's website states that "MOSI is all about creating experiences that expand interests and make dreams reality." Take a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry- and get inspired.

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