The Miami Science Museum (MiaSci) was recently awarded a $75, 000 grant by Chase to implement the Girls SPICE (Science Program Inspiring Creative Exhibits) project.
The Miami Science Museum (MiaSci) was recently awarded a $75, 000 grant by Chase to implement the Girls SPICE (Science Program Inspiring Creative Exhibits) project. The grant will allow the Museum to work with Charles R. Drew Middle School’s Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program to implement an afterschool and summer program targeted to female students in grades 7-8. The Girls SPICE project addresses the need to cultivate diversity in preparing the next generation of female scientists.
“Our nation’s need for a world-class science and technology workforce has never been greater, requiring that all members of our population have the opportunity and the resources to pursue successful science and technology related studies and careers, ” said Judy Brown, Ed.D., Senior VP of Education, Miami Science Museum. “The Girls SPICE project addresses this need and will create a model for engaging middle school girls in science by utilizing their interest in art to design and build Museum exhibits related to science topics of interest to them.”
“We are honored to provide the Miami Science Museum with a grant of financial support to make science a part of the learning experience for young girls, ” said Guillermo G. Castillo, President of Chase Commercial Banking in South Florida. “Engaging female students in science education is very much necessary if we want to provide the best opportunities for our work force to compete in a global market, and we look forward to seeing more female scientists in the future.” In 2010, JPMorgan Chase Foundation donated $4 million to Florida-based charities.
ABOUT MIAMI SCIENCE MUSEUM
The Miami Science Museum aims to make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring them to appreciate the impact that science and technology can have on every facet of our world. For over 60 years, MiaSci’s award-winning educational programs, family-focused exhibits, historic planetarium, and rehabilitative Wildlife Center and Clinic have enriched locals and tourists alike. In 2014, the legacy continues, as MiaSci will be moving to a new world-class, state-of-the-art facility designed by Grimshaw Architects in the heart of downtown Miami. MiaSci is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information about the Museum, visit www.miamisci.org or call (305) 646-4200.
Miami Science Museum is funded with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.