The Miami Science Barge, which when completed will be exactly what it sounds like, officially has a home: Museum Park, or mores specifically, in the water right next to Museum Park. In a lovely turn of events, this puts the floating laboratory and educational facility adjacent to the Frost Museum of Science. Natalie Manzano-Smith, the Director of Innovation for CappSci, the group constructing and operating the barge, told the New Times that they have officially signed a lease with the Bayfront Park Management Trust. The barge will move in early next year.
According to the Miami New Times:
In essence, the Miami Science Barge is a floating marine lab and environmental education center, all designed to promote a more sustainable South Florida. The barge will collect data on the local ecosystem, help lead research on developing a sustainable food supply and teach the public—and students—about the importance of the marine environment. As far as activities, it will host oyster growth with cages, water sampling, a remote-controlled live steam underwater camera.
· Miami's science barge to dock at Museum Park [New Times]
· Miami Science Barge coverage [CappSci]