BENEFITING: MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY INC
Remember all the dreams a big box held when you were a kid? Help us bring one to life on an incredible scale to get kids excited about science and space! A towering galaxy of science learning is waiting inside an enormous all-cardboard summer experience we’re set to construct in the coming weeks: Cardboard Space Adventures.
Help us break the Guinness World Record for the largest cardboard sculpture ever built, and inspire thousands of families from all backgrounds to spend time together exploring science, engineering, design, and outer space!
The aim of MOSI, our nonprofit science center in Tampa, Florida, is to make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. We have fun, but we take this cause of community outreach seriously.
We fundraise to create scholarships for Summer Science Camps, and we became the first museum in Florida with a Museums for All program, offering more than 85% off our admission price for low-income families.
Johnny, Anthony, Janet, and Randi from our team have spent months making prototypes and creating lesson plans for parents and school groups to use as they explore. Now, we’re asking for your help funding this unique project! What can families from all backgrounds discover inside Cardboard Space Adventures?
Visitors will help create a huge outpost in outer space, full of hands-on creativity, engineering, and art — all constructed entirely from cardboard.
Cardboard Space Adventures begins with a child’s dream to create a rocketship out of an empty box and fly off to explore the galaxy. That dream leads to an incredible adventure that mixes fun and learning as guests discover science, engineering, math, architecture, design, and more.
Guests will start their quest with one small step through a human airlock or an alien portal, traveling to either a space station or a far-off planet. Then, families will work together to:
• Explore a towering human space station and massive alien mothership, all constructed completely from cardboard
• Construct their own imaginative cardboard parts to add to a life-size exploration vehicle; the most unique new parts will stay attached each day, creating a growing and changing masterpiece
• Play a giant Space Invasion video game using cardboard game controllers
• Discover tunnels beneath the alien base while exploring a giant maze
MOSI’s science demonstrators, the STEAM Team, will highlight science, technology, engineering, arts, and math ideas as families explore, plus the STEAM Team will spotlight those concepts during a live, interactive theatre show.
Thank you perks for your donation
• $25 – Your name will be immortalized on our cardboard recognition wall inside the exhibit
• $50 – Astronomically awesome custom embroidered Cardboard Space Adventures mission patch — this real 4-inch beauty is the official mission patch of our team, PLUS you'll get recognition in the exhibit
• $100 – Two MOSI tickets to visit Cardboard Space Adventures PLUS a custom embroidered mission patch PLUS recognition in the exhibit
• $150 – Four MOSI tickets to visit Cardboard Space Adventures PLUS a custom embroidered mission patch PLUS recognition in the exhibit
Why are we asking for your help?
At first, cardboard seems like an incredibly inexpensive building tool. Thankfully, it is. But at this scale, the costs add up quickly. Filling our entire auditorium with cardboard construction will use hundreds of dollars' worth of tape and hot glue alone. Plus, for health and safety reasons, we have to build with new cardboard, which we will recycle after the three-month exhibit.
We're also excited to have hundreds of families each day get hands-on and explore their own creativity by building cardboard components for the full-size exploration vehicle. But if those projects cost even 50 cents in materials, multiplied by 200 families per day for the approximately 100 days of the exhibit, and we're already to $10,000 in the cost of materials.
We need your help to get our awesome cardboard spaceship off the ground!
Cardboard Space Adventures has a special mix of fun, creativity, and learning. For example, you can crack the code of the alien language — but you’ll need math to do it. Plus, we’re making a downloadable Structure & Function lesson plan that has more learning content for parents, homeschool educators, and school teachers to use.
We want to thank Piedmont National and Leggett & Platt, two awesome companies who have donated cardboard to help with our project. The adventure begins May 27, 2017 and MOSI plans to recycle all of the cardboard used in the exhibit, which ends September 5.