Tickets on sale today for Tampa Bay’s most immersive Batman v Superman movie experience

Tampa Bay’s biggest experience, with a new option

Description: X:\A_PR_Folder\IMAX\Batman vs Superman\imaxbvssmall.jpgOnline presales begin at 10 a.m. February 29 for tickets to experience Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at MOSI’s Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre.

For the first time, MOSI is adding an optional Preferred Ticket package, offering first access to the theatre for fans to choose seats with the best views, along with an included popcorn and soda, for an additional $6.

Seeing the movie at MOSI, inside Florida’s only IMAX® DOME theatre, immerses you into the action like nowhere else in Tampa Bay. The enormous picture expands across the theatre’s 10,000-square-foot screen, while the sound truly surrounds you, coming from massive speakers hidden behind the screen.

Director Zack Snyder shot portions of Batman v Superman using special IMAX® cameras, so during some of the most thrilling parts of the film, even more action and amazing detail will cover the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre’s five-story screen.

Month-long Superhero Festival begins March 24

Opening Day for Batman v Superman is Friday, March 25, with two preview showings on Thursday, March 24 — and those days mark the dawn of a month-long Superhero Festival at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa.

·         Science of Superheroes · every day · Hands-on demonstrations, led by our STEAMpunks, show you the science behind some of your favorite superheroes’ powers.

·         Classic Superman · check daily schedule for show times · Get into the superhero spirit as we show the classic 1940’s Superman cartoons on the big screen in our Science Works Theatre.

·         Comic Book Swap · Saturday, March 26 · Buy, sell, or trade awesome comics as stores from across Tampa gather at MOSI, included with MOSI admission.

·         Member Date Night · Friday, April 15 · MOSI members enjoy a date night watching Batman v Superman while their kids get free child care and science fun with MOSI educators.

·         Crime Fighters Weekend · Sat. & Sun., April 16 & 17 · Every guest can touch amazing crime fighting vehicles and see cutting-edge police technology in action, included with MOSI admission. Police, fire, and EMS staff get free admission to MOSI and half-off for up to 4 guests.

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Show times and ticket prices

Starting with Opening Day on Friday, March 25, show times for the first two weeks of Batman v Superman in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre are 2, 4:45, 7:30, and 10:15 p.m. every day. Special preview showings on Thursday, March 24, are at 7:30 and 10:15 p.m.

·         Ticket prices for Batman v Superman are $13.95 for adults, $11.95 for students and seniors (60+), and $10.95 for children 12 and under, although parents are reminded the film is rated PG-13. MOSI members receive a $3 discount off every ticket.

·         Preferred Ticket packages include early access to seats with the best views, plus a small popcorn and soda, and are available for $19.95 for all guests and $16.95 for MOSI members.

·         Availability of Preferred Ticket packages is limited and guests should arrive 20 minutes ahead of their show time for access to Preferred Ticket seating.

Follow this link to preorder tickets to Batman v Superman at the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre, call 813-987-6000, or visit mosi.org.

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MOSI’s National Hispanic Scientists of the Year to inspire Tampa Bay youth to achieve their dreams

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Since 2001, MOSI has facilitated the mentoring of more than 21,000 students by nationally recognized scientists and engineers through the National Hispanic Scientist of the Year (NHSOY) fundraiser. This year’s event, Meet the Hispanic Scientists Day on Oct. 23, will allow an additional 1,500 students the opportunity to be mentored by both Dr. Modesto Alex Madique, President Emeritus of Florida International University in Miami, Florida, and Dr. Miguel Morales-Silva, computational materials physicist and recipient of the 2014 Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering. A gala honoring the two scientists will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, where they will be offered keys to the city by Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Meet the Hispanic Scientists Day gives students from predominately Hispanic and/or migrant population elementary, middle, and high schools a chance to hear motivational presentations from Drs. Madique and Morales-Silva. These students will also have the opportunity to ask the scientists questions and glean eye-opening information from them, in addition to exploring MOSI’s exhibit galleries and enjoying a film in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre.

“Prior to my visit, physicists have always seemed as if they may be naturally smarter than I, however this experience showed me they are just people like anyone else and I have the potential to do as well and possibly even better than they have. This experience has pushed me to pursue experimental quantum mechanics, and to receive as many doctorates as I possibly can in my lifetime,” Paul Mcfarquhar, a local high school student who participated in the 2014 Meet the Hispanic Scientists Day, said in a letter to MOSI following the event.

The MOSI NHSOY initiative represents the vision of local businesswoman Maruchi Azorin, who was greatly concerned by the statistics showing an alarmingly high dropout rate for Hispanic students back in the year 2000. At the time, the Department of Education research showed that one-third of Hispanic students dropped out of high school, a dropout rate three times higher than any other ethnic group in the U.S. While improving, these trends are persisting and according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the 2013 dropout rate for Hispanic students decreased to 12% compared to 7% for African Americans and 5% for Caucasians.[1]

Funds raised from the NHSOY gala on Oct. 24 also will fund the YES! Team (Youth Enriched by S.T.E.A.M. – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), MOSI’s career and educational enrichment program designed to help at-risk teens develop and progress in a supportive peer-group environment. Nearly 90 percent of YES! Team students go on to post-secondary learning, and the numbers are steadily rising.

To participate in the National Hispanic Scientist of the Year gala, donate to the YES! Team or find out more about other ways to help, contact Kellen Nixon, MOSI’s Deputy Director of Development, at 813-987-6017 or Kellen.nixon@mosi.org.

NASA speakers kick off World Space Week at MOSI

 Join MOSI for the 2015 World Space Week from Oct. 2 – 11, 2015. Guests can interact with a variety of space-related events and activities. Enjoy five planetarium shows daily in the Saunders Planetarium and Journey to Space in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre. Travel to the moon on a space transport to help operate a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase, design and test rockets in Idea Zone®, and enjoy MOSI’s S.T.E.A.M.punks as they blast off into space-themed shows. All of these events are free with MOSI general admission and always free for members.

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In celebration of World Space Week, MOSI will host two special NASA speakers. On Oct. 5, Dr. Philip Metzger will speak to guests at noon and 1 p.m. Dr. Metzger is a planetary physicist who researches topics related to solar system exploration. He has led projects to develop extraterrestrial excavators, lunar landing pads and other surface systems technology. Dr. Metzger received the astronaut’s Silver Snoopy award in 2010 and was selected as the Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Scientist/Engineer of the Year in 2011. On Oct. 6, guests can meet Richard Johanboeke at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Johanboeke, a USF graduate, has directly supported the launch effort of the Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” and the Juno mission to Jupiter. Guests will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions after each presentation as well as learn about NASA projects such as robotic off-world mining, telescopes and the future of NASA.

In addition to a line of speakers, MOSI guests can design and test rockets in Idea Zone, where they can explore the process of applying engineering design to create and launch rocket prototypes, learn about the challenges of Mars exploration and experiment with solutions for extraterrestrial colonization. Guests can also learn real accounts of space disasters from the Apollo missions, and experience 3D printing technology’s ability to help colonize planets by building tools, making food and constructing colonies. Guests will then be able to complete a Mission: MOSI scavenger hunt that will take them on a tour of the museum’s space-related exhibits and presentations, which will include a tour of Mission: Moonbase, a photo op with a MOSI astronaut, daily space talks, Idea Zone programs, the Saunders Planetarium and the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre.

 

World Space Week activities are included with MOSI general admission. MOSI general admission is $18.95 for children (3-12), $22.95 for adults (13-59) and $20.95 for seniors (60+). Children 2 and under are free. Museum hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, call 813-987-6000 or visit mosi.org.

 

This Saturday, MOSI offers discounted admission to the community with its $5 Day

MOSI hosts $5 Days each year to allow community members of all incomes access to MOSI exhibit galleries, including the Drone Zone, which features waterproof drones, called Spheros, and conquer missions by maneuvering an Ollie through a controlled obstacle course. In Idea Zone, the inventor’s studio, guests can code a variety of motion-interfacing robots to explore simulated off-world terrains and to navigate mazes. These robots will demonstrate a variety of abilities, including artificial intelligence, assistive and rehabilitative technology and autonomous functionality. Guests can also experience 3D Printing the Future: the Exhibition, The Amazing You exhibition, Kids In Charge!, the largest children’s science center in the nation, and more than 450 hands-on, interactive exhibits. Guests can also experience

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Admission to $5 Day also includes entrance to the Florida Hospital® IMAX DOME Theatre Film Humpback Whales, BioWorks Butterfly Garden and the Richard T. Bower Historic Tree Grove. MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip line will also be available for an additional fee. For more information, call MOSI reservations at 813-987-6000 or visit mosi.org.

 

MOSI’s Drone Zone takes off with a WWI Biplane, a Google X drone and more

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Drone Zone is now open inside MOSI’s Kids In Charge! building.  The Drone Zone allows guests to get hands-on training while learning about the future of this innovative, yet controversial, technology. Experience how a drone functions while submerged in water, program one to perform exciting tricks and maneuvers, or fly a drone that is smaller than the palm of your hand.

Thanks to a partnership with Turin Aviation Group, MOSI also will display several examples of drone evolution from WWI to modern day. This collection includes a WWI Biplane that secretly video-monitored parts of Europe, a prototype drone created for Google X to deliver disaster relief materials to remote locations and examples of high-tech, camera-ready drones in use today.

The Drone Zone features waterproof drones, called Spheros, which are controlled by an iPad and maneuvered through a simulated off-world terrain, and propeller-controlled drones that can uncover the mysteries of the deep sea. Guests can also conquer missions and earn points by maneuvering an Ollie through a controlled obstacle course, jumping over ramps, programming it to do tricks, or watch it change colors and respond to its environment.

“There is often a fear surrounding new technologies like autonomous vehicles and drones,” said Molly Demeulenaere, President and CEO of MOSI. “MOSI empowers people to embrace their curiosity regarding these new technologies in a safe and protective environment. These are important conversations happening within the family unit here at MOSI that may not happen in more formal settings.”

Included with MOSI general admission and free for MOSI members, the Drone Zone is part of the newest experience titled Innovate, which includes the Meridian Shuttle, an intelligent vehicle that is a 100 percent driverless and electric shuttle; Idea Zone, MOSI’s inventor’s studio, where guests will be able to code a variety of motion-interfacing robots and to navigate mazes; and 3D Printing the Future, which illustrates 3D printing’s boundless and mind-blowing potential to re-shape how we live, work and play. General admission includes more than 450 hands-on exhibits and one film in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre.

MOSI is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. General Admission is $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for seniors (60+), $18.95 for children (3-12), and children 2 and under are free. Innovate is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.

MOSI’s Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre Unveils New Era of Deep Space Exploration in Journey to Space

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 Journey to Space opens at MOSI’s Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre on May 22, 2015. Portrayed through visually stunning imagery, and in collaboration with leading space experts, Journey to Space highlights the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working toward and the challenges they must overcome to carry out missions, such as landing astronauts on Mars. The film calls attention to the reality that the space program did not die with the end of the Shuttle Program in 2011. It is, instead, vibrantly alive.

Through brilliant narration by film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart and extensive interviews with NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson and Serena Aunon, the film captures the spirit of human exploration and describes how it is at the core of our own DNA.

“No longer science fiction, a human mission to Mars is in the planning stages, and major steps are being taken to make it a reality within a generation,” said Bob Kresser, CEO of K2 Films. “Our goal in making this film was to tie together the actual hardware being built with the tremendous planning under way that will make the next steps in space exploration the most far-reaching in our history.”

The names of the new machines that will carry out these missions will soon enter our lexicon.

          “Orion” is NASA’s first spacecraft designed to carry humans on long-duration deep space exploration missions. Orion will take humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit and return them safely back home. For instance, a round-trip to Mars via Orion will take two-and-a-half years as compared to the Apollo trips to the moon, which took 12 days.

          “Olympus,” an inflatable transportation habitat, is an early concept 45- or 50-feet diameter module that would provide astronauts the work area and living space necessary for long-duration missions. Smaller versions have already flown in space, and a full-scale version is shown undergoing ground testing.

          The Space Launch System, or “SLS,” is the giant rocket that will carry both of the previously mentioned spacecraft and provides the enormous lift necessary to send them on many historic missions. SLS will also carry the needed Mars landers and ascent vehicles to get astronauts to the surface of Mars and back up to the Orion mothership for their return trip to Earth. SLS will generate over nine million pounds of thrust and can launch hardware into orbit equivalent to the weight of 22 elephants.

Journey to Space also gives a fitting tribute to the Space Shuttle Program and the 355 astronauts who flew on the 135 shuttle missions. This historical chapter in the film describes how the shuttle took many of the big steps that helped us understand how to live and operate in space.

The film also gives a strong overview of the shuttle’s last major project – the launch and assembly of the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is a joint collaboration of 15 nations and is operating 24/7 providing a true home and science lab in space like no other. ISS crews’ tours of duty have averaged six months, and NASA will begin one-year duration missions starting in 2015. Researchers expect the one-year missions to yield beneficial knowledge on the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges explorers may face as they venture to an asteroid, Mars and beyond.

Overall, Journey to Space provides a timely review of how NASA has been transitioning from the end of the space shuttle era to a much more ambitious future that will forever change how we live and operate in space as a species.

MOSI’s positive changes attract the attention of downtown visionaries

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MOSI has seen many positive changes over the past year, and, as a result, the museum is now attracting the eye of downtown developer Jeff Vinik, sparking a conversation about the possibility of moving MOSI downtown. While  discussions are only just beginning and there are no immediate plans to move, the MOSI board and leadership continue to be open to new possibilities that may lead to the betterment of the museum.

“The early discussions about incorporating MOSI into Vinik’s downtown vision are extremely exciting, and it’s important to remember the tremendous evolution that MOSI’s current leadership has facilitated over the past year – a $2 million gift from Florida Hospital, an innovative partnership established with USF, and all short-term debt paid off – to name just a few,” said Robert Thomas, MOSI board chair. “These positive changes only make MOSI more attractive to downtown visionaries.”

In addition to its fundraising successes and its new partnership with USF, MOSI also received a Bright Lights Community Engagement award from the nationally recognized Noyce Foundation for its outreach in the Tampa Bay community in August. Additionally, MOSI aligned itself with Ovations Food Services, a nationally recognized food and beverage service provider, to manage its day-to-day food and beverage operations, and opened a newly renovated Everything’s Fresh cafe this past summer.

“If this opportunity came to fruition, it would be a real game-changer for the future of MOSI. We are thrilled about the potential of this new possibility amplifying our mission-driven efforts of making science accessible to everyone,” said MOSI’s Interim President and CEO Molly Demeulenaere. “These are exciting times for the institution, but our number one priority will remain the successful service and delivery of our mission to the community … regardless of our location.”