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Ready to explore the galaxy? Quick, jump into MOSI’s cardboard spaceship!

Tampa, Florida—Construction launches today on an enormous, one-of-a-kind summer experience, Cardboard Space Adventures, at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa. Guests will help create a huge outpost in outer space, full of hands-on creativity, engineering, and art—all constructed entirely from cardboard. The exploration and fun will run daily from May 27–Sept. 5, 2017.

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 exciting 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 three-story-tall human space station and massive alien mothership, all constructed completely from cardboard

§ Build real, working cardboard machines and robots that kids can take home or display in the aliens’ Gallery of Rare Human Art

§ Play a giant Space Invasion video game using cardboard game controllers

§ Discover tunnels beneath the alien base while exploring a giant maze

§ Launch air-powered rockets into the sky after designing, building, and testing them

§ Construct their own parts to add to two life-size spaceships—one human, one alien; the most unique new parts will stay attached each day, creating growing and changing masterpieces

MOSI’s science demonstrators, the STEAMpunks, will highlight science, technology, engineering, arts, and math ideas as families explore, plus the STEAMpunks will spotlight those concepts during a live, interactive theatre show.

“We’ve been designing, cutting, folding, and gluing models for months now, and we can’t wait to start actually building this awesome summer experience,” said MOSI President & CEO Molly Demeulenaere.

“Cardboard Space Adventures has that special mix of fun, creativity, and learning that our guests love! 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.”

Major sponsors for Cardboard Space Adventures include Piedmont National and Leggett & Platt. The adventure beginsMay 27, 2017. MOSI plans to recycle all of the cardboard used in the exhibit, which ends September 5.

Media contact: Grayson Kamm, MOSI Communications Director – 813-987-6018 or

MOSI, the Museum of Science & Industry, is Tampa Bay's community-supported science center. At MOSI, people of all ages (this means you!) can see and do amazing things every day. Experience an immersive film in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre, see the stars in The Saunders Planetarium, have a blast in our Kids In Charge! children’s science center, witness tomorrow in 3D Printing the Future: The Exhibition, wonder at nature in our BioWorks Butterfly Garden, and defy gravity on our Sky Trail® Ropes Course. MOSI (we pronounce it MOH’-zee) is the largest science center in the Southeast, and a not-for-profit magnet for innovation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education where we make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information about MOSI,


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