Kids in Miami can now learn about science and sustainability aboard a solar-powered floating science lab. The Miami Science Barge teaches children about marine creatures, sustainable growing techniques like hydroponics, and climate change. It's the only science barge of its kind designed for the public, instead of specialists, and it operates year-round.
The Miami Science Barge’s aim is to educate children and the public on the environment and innovation “to build a sustainable Miami.” Once aboard the science barge, visitors can check out the solar panels that power the barge, an aquaculture hatchery, and hydroponic systems.
K-12 students can learn about science and sustainable technology outdoors on field trips at the Miami Science Barge. The Miami Science Barge’s curriculum highlights “the science behind renewable energy systems, the chemistry of growing food, sustainable food production, and methods of dealing with finite resources.”
140 people can come aboard the science barge, which also hosts cocktail hours, networking events, lectures, and parties. The general public is welcomed to check out the barge each weekend, from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Miami Science Barge got its start with help from CappSci, a foundation aiming to apply science to global challenges, and from $298,633 the science barge team received in 2015 from winning the first Knight Cities Challenge, a competition that offers funding for people innovating to make cities better places.
The Knight Cities Challenge is currently accepting entries for their third challenge. They accept applications from anyone who has a plan to make one of the 26 different communities in which the Knight Foundation invests a better place to live. They will be giving out up to $5 million to winners from the communities. You can find out more and enter your idea on their website; the third challenge closes November 3.
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