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Tampa, FL (U.S.), Mar 23 (Canadian-Media): Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, FL (U.S.) is a scientific playground with more than 100 hands-on activities and innovative exhibits arousing curiosity, media reports said.
Opened in 1982, MOSI is a not-for-profit magnet for innovation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education, operated by the Museum of Science & Industry Foundation , a nonprofit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors made up of community leaders.
MOSI with its innovation and technology makes science real for people of all ages and backgrounds.
MOSI's newest permanent attraction, the Sky Trail Ropes Course, featuring 36 elements on a 12 – 36 foot high, multilevel is awe inspiring.
Then there is the Mindball game, which an interactive activity that measured your brain waves to move a ball toward/away from you.
You could compete with someone else by each wearing this headband and whoever had more relaxed mind would push the ball. The person who ends up with the ball on their side did not send relaxed brain waves.
MOSI today is the result of more than 50 years of growth and maturity of surrounding community as well as the institution. With the passage of time MOSI had changed its name, location and size. However, its general purpose, to provide informal science education, has remained unchanged.
In 1976, the Hillsborough County Museum's advisory committee and staff obtained the funding and land to construct an innovative and unique museum structure in North Tampa that was to become the Museum of Science & Industry.
Relying on the valuable history of its predecessor museums, MOSI staff took advantage of the scientific, technological and industrial growth occurring in Tampa and at the neighboring University of South Florida (USF) to design a visionary, high-tech facility.
MOSI is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums -- formerly known as American Association of Museums -- and by the Association of Science-Technology Centers.
The new facility presents a path to fiscal sustainability for MOSI to power its vital, unique blend of fun and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) learning for generations to come.
MOSI is home to Tampa's only planetarium. Since opening in 1992, The Saunders Planetarium has shown the starry nighttime sky to more than 200,000 guests. Family shows and adult programs are scheduled throughout the day and on weekends. The planetarium staff, with the assistance of the Museum Astronomical Resource Society (M.A.R.S.), sets up telescopes and holds "star parties" Saturday evenings.