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Our goal is to inspire citizens to be active and engaged participants in their communities. We’re bringing the excitement of research to all by leading immersive experiences that ignite the curiosity of explorers of all ages.

Programs

Program categories include: Labs, Group Demonstrations, Family Science Nights and Biscayne Bay Campus Field Trips.

Our programs are NGSSS- Aligned (Florida State curriculum) and content is tiered by grade level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8). All materials are included for each presentation along with trained university facilitators.

Animal Encounter
Ecology Lab

Choose between two animal encounters in this hands-on lab to identify how all play specific roles in balancing our local ecosystems:

Option A – Alligator
Option B – Invertebrates (Sea Star, Sea Urchin, Horse Conch)

BIG IDEAS

#14 Organization and Development of Living Things
#15 Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms
#16 Heredity and Reproduction

Virtual Oceans
Technology Lab

Underwater research can be conducted remotely without ever getting wet. Wear cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) headsets to observe active research performed in the Florida Keys, Caribbean, and beyond by some of FIU’s most adventurous scientists.

BIG IDEAS

#1 The Practice of Science
#2 Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge
#4 Science and Society

Energy Matters
Group Demonstration

Not only is matter all around us, it’s constantly changing. Observe the wonders behind unique energy transformations with a Tesla coil, plasma globe, multi-colored fire combustions, and liquid nitrogen to understand physical / chemical reactions.

BIG IDEAS

#9 Changes of Matter
#10 Forms of Energy
#18 Matter and Energy Transformation

Rocket Racers
Physics Lab

How objects navigate forces set the foundation for builders’ creations. Engineer air-propelled rockets using key tenants of physics (like mass, acceleration, and kinetic energy) to race all models toward a skyward finish in this rousing group competition.

BIG IDEAS

#10 Forms of Energy
#12 Motion of Objects
#13 Forces and Changes in Motion

Journal: EARTH!
Creative Writing Lab

Expressing observations is not only critical to the scientific process—it’s fun too. Cultivate science communication techniques while documenting encounters in nature to publish in an online FIU Education Outreach Community Journal.

BIG IDEAS

#1 The Practice of Science
#4 Science and Society
#17 Interdependence

Planet Plankton
Biology Lab

Small but HUGELY important, plankton are crucial to sustaining life here on Earth. Investigate different plankton species and their unique anatomy under high-powered microscopes to build models that will be tested in water.

BIG IDEAS

#14 Organization and Development of Living Things
#15 Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms
#16 Heredity and Reproduction

Discover Your Backyard
Biscayne Bay Campus Field Trip

South Florida’s dynamic ecosystems make it unparalleled across the globe. Venture into the water to collect, log, and share data about animal specimens with scientific instruments (like a seine net) which will be shared via global citizen science apps.

BIG IDEAS

#14 Organization and Development of Living Things
#15 Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms
#16 Heredity and Reproduction

FIU STEAM Festival
Family Science Night

STEAM experiences can be enjoyed by everyone at all ages. Participate in all 5 of our labs, the Energy Matters group demonstration, and a special family engagement activity presented by university experts and/or clubs to uncover the wonder science all around us.

All Ages

Reserve Your Program(s)

 Requests must be made a minimum of three weeks in advance; a 20% nonrefundable deposit is required.

Submit Payment

Within 48 hours after submitting your request, our Education Outreach Manager will contact you to discuss your proposed itinerary. Once all is reviewed and agreed upon, the invoice will be sent.

Proceeds from fee-based programs directly support free programming for underserved communities, the ongoing development of activities representative of the breadth of our work and student internships.