Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is partnering with The Haven, a local nonprofit offering programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. The partnership uses informal science education to create interactive, engaging, and accessible lessons for students and young adults with disabilities. This funding enhances Mote’s existing partnership with The Haven and provides the opportunity for expanded programming.
35 participants engage directly with Mote’s educators and educational content monthly during programs, experiencing specialized marine STEM lessons to inspire interest in STEM, awareness for the environment and inclusive access to marine science and learning for all abilities. Each lesson connects to a current Mote research topic, such as red tide mitigation, coral restoration, or animal conservation. STEM challenges focus on the engineering process while simulated research activities represent a modified version of actual Mote research. The activities are adaptable, but generally group-based to encourage participants to work together.
Read the full story at Mote Marine's website here.