On Earth Day, a new lab and STEM education facility opened on the water in Miami, Florida.
The Miami Science Barge is a floating “urban ecological laboratory and public environmental education center” that is expected to play a big role in STEM education efforts in Miami.
The 120 by 30 foot steel deck has room for three main components: living systems (like tanks with fish), marine experiments (like collecting and analyzing water samples from the Bay), and renewable energy. In fact, the whole barge is powered by renewable energy, making its message of sustainability even more powerful.
In order to make the barge as sustainable as possible, CustomBeach, a Florida-based design and construction company, used Kebony as the primary building material. Kebony is “the sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood” and was developed in Norway. The technology “permanently modifies the properties of sustainable softwood, giving it the same characteristics as the most durable tropical hardwoods,” which allows it to stand up to the extreme weather conditions and moisture associated with life on the water.
The Barge is open to the public for tours and workshops. Students, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, will attend guided field trips to learn more about sustainable technology, aquaculture, and other STEM experiences.
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