MOSI focusing more on community outreach

In just a few years, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has gone from being millions of dollars in debt to being financially sustainable, operating in the black. The turnaround of the North Tampa organization has come under the new leadership of Julian McKenzie, who was promoted as museum CEO in 2017, after serving less than a year as its CFO. The museum leader led a restructuring … [Read more...]

Seven Oaks PTA supports student achievement

Seven Oaks Elementary School, in Wesley Chapel, has been named one of the 2019-2021 National PTA Schools of Excellence. The accolade recognizes schools across the country which have strived to make advancements for student education in their schools. Three Pasco County schools achieved the honor, announced over the summer. Besides Seven Oaks, the others who received recognition are … [Read more...]

MOSI offers a hands-on approach to science

The Museum of Science and Industry — known as MOSI, for short — has been a staple within the Tampa Bay Area for 30 years. And, the tourist attraction is showing no signs of slowing down. Last month, it unveiled its Dinovations Lab exhibit. “The star of our Dinovations Lab is our full-sized Diplodocus dinosaur,” said  Anthony Pelaez, senior director of exhibits and innovation at … [Read more...]

Halloween events aim to include those with sensory differences

The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), The Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa at Lowry Park are collaborating to raise awareness for autism in the Tampa Bay community through “Day of Discovery” Halloween events. The events will provide special-needs families with unique programming, special animal encounters, enrichment and hands-on activities. Each venue makes unique modifications regarding … [Read more...]

Turning back the clock to the 16th century

Every year, tens of thousands of people get a chance to transport themselves into the past and escape from the real world at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. Now entering its 39th season, the annual festival attracts about 80,000 people a year, according to the festival’s website. Set in 1524 in the fictional English town of Fittleworth, the seven-week long Tampa festival creates a … [Read more...]

Volunteers help Sanders gear up for first day

A group of volunteers showed up at Sanders Memorial STEAM Magnet School last week, eager to help the school gear up for its first day of classes as Pasco County’s first magnet school. The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce sent out a call for volunteers, and people responded. There were chamber members, parents of children who will be attending the school, community residents and other … [Read more...]

Area events honor veterans on special day

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and those who have put on the uniform to serve this country have a full day ahead of them. Saint Leo University and Two Men and a Truck will deliver items to veterans in local shelters throughout the day Tuesday. The donations will be from a collection drive the school hosted last month including items such as soap, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, … [Read more...]

MOSI to host digital classroom symposium

The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa will host a digital classroom initiative symposium Nov. 13 beginning at 8 a.m. It will bring together education professional and high-technology specialists who will discuss adapting technology for enhanced learning and student achievement advancements. The symposium is being put together by state Sen. John Legg, and will cover an array of topics … [Read more...]

MOSI wins national award from Noyce Foundation

The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa has been selected as one of just seven museums in the country to receive the Bright Lights Community Engagement Award from the Noyce Foundation. The award recognizes science centers, children's museums and natural history museums that have done what it considers to be an outstanding job of engaging with their local communities, especially in areas … [Read more...]

MOSI gives health screenings new meaning with theater upgrades

When the Imax theater first opened at Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa in 1995, the technology behind the larger-than-life films was still quite revolutionary. Today, however, it’s hard to find a movie complex without an Imax screen, and nearly all of them are digital — leaps and bounds beyond MOSI’s now almost antiquated film-based system. But that’s changing after a $2 … [Read more...]