The Pensacola MESS Hall will present Science in the Sun during the month of November. This series of events, held in parks across our community, will each feature a 45 minute interactive science show led by MESS Hall educators. The performances will be geared toward learners in elementary school and their families.
In a typical year, thousands of young learners would visit the MESS Hall on school field trips, including many who might never have the chance to visit the MESS Hall otherwise. The shows that will be presented in the parks are a part of what learners would experience on a field trip to the MESS Hall. With the loss of field trips from the pandemic, the MESS Hall is eager to inspire curiosity about science by delivering these free shows to the public. In addition, attendees at the programs who provide contact information will also be entered for a chance to win a Flex Pass to the MESS Hall which provides 4 people free admission to the museum for six months.
Two different topics will be presented on different dates. The first, the Air Show, will be an exploration of the force of air and the components of flight. The second, Robotics Unplugged, engages learners in a range of scientific issues necessary to control a robot.
The Pensacola MESS Hall is one of 20 science centers and museums around the country selected to receive support for STEM engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and made possible by the Voya Foundation. In addition to partially supporting the programs in the parks, through this grant the MESS Hall delivered virtual field trips to schools and created Take Away kits which provide learners with a set of engaging hands on activities.
The shows are tentatively scheduled to be held at 2 PM at the following venues, weather permitting:
November 7 – Shoreline Park – Gulf Breeze – Air Show
November 8 – Bayview Park – Pensacola -Robotics Unplugged
November 14 – Corrine Jones – Pensacola – Air Show
November 15 – Carver Park – Cantonment – Robotics Unplugged
November 21 – Bryan Park – Pensacola – Air Show
November 22 – Tiger Point Park – Robotics Unplugged
November 28 – Maritime Park – Pensacola – Robotics Unplugged
November 29 – Milton Riverwalk – Air Show