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201 10th St. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

Category: Education

The Museum is unveiling its brand-new app designed to connect visitors to the objects in its collection and the many stories they have to tell. Pathways -- Compelling Connections for the Chronically Curious, is a smart-phone and tablet-based app that's like having a Museum expert in your own pocket. The app is available for free in the Apple and Google Play stores. (Search for Pathways SFM.) All guests have to do is download the app before their visit. Then, they use it to take fun and fascinati [...]

More than 1,700 visitors joined us on Thursday for Summer Learning Day at the Museum, sponsored by Mosaic. This free day for Manatee and Sarasota county students (and chaperones) helps families identify local resources that offer fun, engaging learning opportunities in their own backyards and to keep students from losing gains made during the previous school year. "We're really excited to serve more and more students from Manatee and Sarasota counties during Summer Learning Day each year," said [...]

FREE Summer Learning Day for Sarasota and Manatee county students sponsored by Mosaic focuses on stopping summer learning loss and showcasing local resources that offer fun, engaging opportunities Educators call it the summer slide and it has nothing to do with fun and games on the playground; instead, it refers to the downhill slide in learning that kids undergo when they’re out of school. During summer, most students lose up to two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and low-incom [...]

2018 Paleontological Expeditions for Educators Nebraska Badlands June 7-14, 2018 July 12-19, 2018 Mandatory Orientation/Training Session (Choose 1) Saturday April 21, 9-12:30 Saturday May 5, 9-12:30  This year, the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences and the South Florida Museum are offering educators two opportunities to participate in educational/scientific expeditions to find and study Oligocene fossils in the Nebraska Badlands. As part of the expedition team, you will scout for, find, [...]

For kids entering 2nd through 5th grades in the 2018-2019 school year: Explore animals, rocks, insects, and more at the South Florida Museum! Let science be your guide as your universe expands each week with a new theme. Camps take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (except for the July 4th shortened week) beginning the week of June 11th, 2018. Camps are held at the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. West, in downtown Bradenton, FL 34205. Camp Fees: Museum M [...]

Museum Expansion Hailed as Important for Kids, Important for Bradenton, Important for the Region On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the South Florida Museum ushered in a new era of science education when officials broke ground for an expansion that will bring new innovative programs and spaces to the community's largest cultural attraction. "Today we are officially breaking ground on the Museum's North Education Center, a major leap forward in the Museum's evolution, positioning us to expand the reac [...]

Did you know that most students lose up to two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills over the summer months? That low-income students can lose more than two months in reading achievements while their higher-income peers are making slight gains? Each year, the South Florida Museum provides a vital natural science learning environment for more than 11,000 school children from 11 Florida counties as a complement to their classroom activities. But the Museum is also committed to supportin [...]