STEM Learning Series

Get Involved in Learning Programs and Special Events.

Programs Focused on the Environment

The Building Blocks of Resilience Education

From first steps into science to Beach Cleanups and Sensory-Friendly Sundays, discover ongoing STEM learning at MODS.

Learn More About STEM Programs

The Discovery Spot is open one hour early from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. for MODS Members on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Pre-registration is required. First-come, first-served. Limited to 200 members. Members will check in at the Information Desk. Admission is included. 

Join us in the Sprouting STEM Early Childhood Learning Lab, powered by PNC Grow Up Great, where little learners will make BIG discoveries in a space designed especially for the early ages. Upon entering the space, guests are transported to a rich nature-filled South Florida backyard landscape complete with native plants and wildlife they will experience from the perspective of a small insect. Hosted programming in the Lab will include learning through play, hands-on STEM activities, music, story time and more!

DROP IN AND EXPLORE (0-6 YEARS: OPEN PLAY)

Join us for learning through play experiences, socialization time, STEM activities and more!

Offered on: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Offered on: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Members: Free
Non-members: Free with Museum admission


PLAYDATES (0-6 YEARS)

Join us for sounds, shows and friendly engagement!

Music Time Mondays: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sing-alongs, instruments, bubbles, puppets and more!

Pop-up Science Wednesdays: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Interactive STEM demonstrations.

Wiggle Time Fridays: 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Movement, stretching exercises, obstacle courses and more!

Members: Free
Non-members: Free with Museum admission


LITTLE SEEDLINGS CLASS (6 MONTHS-18 MONTHS)*
Join us for this “Caregiver and Me” style program in which your little ones can participate in tummy time and take their first steps in science.

Offered on: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Members: Free
Non-members: 
Free with Museum admission

Space is limited. First-come, first-served.


LITTLE SPROUTS CLASS (18 MONTHS-36 MONTHS)*
Join us for this “Caregiver and Me” style program with socialization time, circle time and hands-on STEM activities!

Offered on: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Members: Free
Non-members: 
Free with Museum admission

Space is limited. First-come, first-served.


*Guests must arrive within the first 10 minutes before the class starts to attend.

NOTE: Sprouting STEM program schedules are subject to change. Please check this page frequently for scheduling updates. Please email booking@mods.org with questions. 

Tune into the FREE 2024 Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by the Save Our Seas Foundation, which features scientists, conservationists, researchers and educators who will share their passion for our oceans in programs designed for Museum guests of all ages.

Miss a discussion? No worries! A few days after each corresponding live stream, each talk is uploaded to our YouTube channel and will be linked below.

Date/TimeTopicPresenter(s)
May 2, 2024
6 p.m. (EDT)
Nurseries for Florida’s Protected White-spotted Eagle RayAriadna Rojas Corzo, a graduate student of the Fisheries Ecology and Conservation Lab at Florida Atlantic University
June 5, 2024
6 p.m. (EDT)
Guarding Sharks in GhanaIssah Seidu, founder and team leader of AquaLife Conservancy
July 15, 2024
6 p.m. (EDT)
Community Shark Conservation in Turks and CaicosJillian Morris, founder and president of Sharks4Kids
August 1, 2024
6 p.m. (EDT)
The Importance of Seychelles for Blue Whales, Other Whales and DolphinsJeremy Kiszka, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University
August 15, 2024
6 p.m. (EDT)
The Thresher Sharks of Rhun Island Rafid Shidqi, co-founder and managing director of Thresher Shark Indonesia
September 5, 2024
6 p.m. (EDT)
Food Security and the Future for SharksAna Barbosa Martins, postdoctoral researcher at Dalhousie University and the iFisheries Lab
September 19, 2024
6 p.m. (EDT)
Combining Community and Genetics for Conservation in CameroonAristide Kamla, founder and president
of the African Marine Mammal
Conservation Organization
October 3, 2024
6 p.m. (EDT)
Karimunjawa – The Last Hope for Java’s Giants?Faqih Akbar Alghozali, co-founder and project leader of Elasmobranch Project Indonesia
October 17, 2024
6 p.m. (EDT)
Sawfish Conservation: Bahamas &
Amazonian Coast
(International Sawfish Day)
Patricia Charvet, biologist with the Universidade Federal do Ceará, and Tristan Guttridge, vice president and director of Saving the Blue
November 7, 2024
6 p.m. (EDT)
Missing in Macquarie: The Case of the Disappearing Maugean SkateCynthia Awruch, lecturer at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania
December 5, 2024
6 p.m. (EDT)
Not Just a FAD: Protecting Silky Sharks in Fishing HotspotsBryan Keller, researcher at Saving the Blue

PLEASE NOTE: A unique Zoom link will be sent to registrants before the event.

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Dates: August 17 October 5 December 7
Time: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Florida’s beautiful beaches need your help and we’re ready to make a splash! Join MODS at the Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park for a fantastic morning of beach cleanup. Best of all, park entrance fees will be waived for our cleanup crew. It’s a perfect opportunity to make a difference while enjoying the sun, sand and sea.

Our cleanup is suitable for all ages, but it’s especially great for children ages 8 and up. Just a friendly reminder, all our young volunteers ages 16 and under should have an adult chaperone.

Remember to pack your reusable water bottle, sunscreen and bug spray; and be sure to wear closed-toe shoes. Dress comfortably for the beach and the weather and come prepared to have a blast! We’ll provide water, Gatorade and cleaning supplies, but feel free to bring your own gear. Let’s team up and keep our beaches beautiful!

  • WHERE: Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (6503 N Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004)
  • COST: FREE

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On the last Sunday of each month, MODS is open an hour early for sensory-friendly Museum exploration and activities followed by an IMAX film* at 12:30 p.m.

To provide a more sensory-sensitive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum, the theater lights will be turned up and the sound will be lowered. All films will be presented in 2D.

No trailers will be shown before the movie. Audience members are welcome to get up, sing, walk, dance and shout without worrying about someone complaining. Families are allowed to bring snacks from home, as well as blankets and other small items to be comfortable.

Guests also can participate in a variety of sensory-based activities throughout the Museum. Children will engage in social interactions and improve the processing, modulation and regulation of sensory input to increase participation in a natural environment.

Cost: FREE

Preregistration required.

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FREE Community Resource

Discover the NOISE PROJECT, a free app designed as a vital community resource for learning about noise pollution, measuring noise levels and exploring its impact on local environments. Now available on both the Apple and Google Play stores! Search for NOISE PROJECT. The app offers an accessible platform to connect with others and easily delve into the environmental effects of noise.