Miami Science Museum
Maloka Interactive Center
This state-of-the-art digital exhibit puts you in control of a 4-foot globe to see Earth like never before. Using real data from NOAA, it displays stunning animations of hurricanes, Earth at night, global air traffic, and many others, showing how Earth¹s climate works, how humans are impacting it, and what the consequences might be. What¹s more, you’ll be able to work with your family and friends to explore how these global scenarios are playing out right here in Miami!
You could learn about Florida’s mangroves…
or how climate change can affect our drinking water…
or how each of us can make a difference!
And at the Miami Science Museum you can see a whole lot more of the Magic Planet!
Room for Debate
Here you can participate in a discussion with all of the Museum’s visitors, by letting us know what you think about things that affect all of us, and our environments. From carpooling to protecting animal habitats to gas prices, we want to know your opinion.
The Museum recently completed an audience survey to find out how our visitors were responding to the exhibit. Many visitors were surprised to learn how much energy they were using and the impact they were having on the planet. They stated intentions to explore using public transportation, carpooling, and eating more local foods. People also enjoyed seeing the results of the surveys and how their actions and opinions compared to others’. Someone thought it was “forward/edgy for a local science museum to do this,” and another called it “one of the coolest pieces I’ve seen.” Over the past year, nearly 17,000 visitors have entered their response, highlighting a wide range of perspectives as well as the substantial need for more information to better understand personal impacts on the environment. Have a look and see how concerned our visitors are about the health of the planet.
Meet the secret inhabitants of our coastal waters at this new 3,000-gallon touch tank! Investigate Miami’s amazing and diverse sea grass beds, then dive in for a deeper look using the hands-on tools of science. This exhibition is a testing ground for the new Miami Science Museum in downtown Miami so we are experimenting with ways that alternative energy sources, like the sun can help these aquariums run lean and green. For example we have marine algae hard at work, filtering the water for these tanks, while reflected daylight lights the space and keeps the algae healthy. Our future is at The Sea Lab.
Check out our Sea Lab webcam!
But even if you can’t come in person, you can explore our seagrass environment and all its inhabitants in this cool interactive exhibit that you see in the image below.
How is Miami helping?
We can all make a difference. Here are some of things that our community is doing to better our environment, and to inform people of environmental problems AND solutions. You can learn more about south Florida environments and think about how you can do your part for a healthier planet.
Youth from Maloka worked to create an interactive timeline to document activities throughout the SCEnRioS project. Click on the link below to scroll through information, photos, and links.
Chingaza National Park
Maloka’s Club de Divulgadores traveled to the Chingaza National Park as part of the SCEnaRioS project, and documented their trip on video in order to increase public understanding of the issues facing the environment.
Exhibits and Resources