October 2016

The Sea of Life
Small fish, colorful fish, and just plain weird-looking fish have their place in the 600-gallon touch tank located in the Marine Room at the Science Center. Students can roll up their sleeves and feel ocean animals. They have the opportunity to touch a variety of sea urchins, crabs, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and snails.  Students use their senses to explore some of the wondrous marine life that live in our world and discover their different habitats by touching, smelling, and hearing the marine life found in the touch tank.
T his school y ear we are expecting thousands of Pinellas County school students at the Science Center for STEM Extension programs. Each 45-minute class for grades K-2 or 90-minute class for grades 4-12 introduces a number of content specific benchmarks in one of four science categories: Life; Physical; Earth & Nature; or Nature of Science. The "Sea of Life" not only includes close-up and personal encounters with ocean animals living in the 600-gallon touch tank, it includes themed story time, activities like designing take-home aquarium jars, creating underwater scenes with stamps, and other special aquarium activities.
To keep the touch tank alive with marine life, takes a lot of work including cleaning, equipment upkeep, water changes, supplement control, and more. We are especially appreciative of the time and expertise Dan Calvo has provided to help us get the touch tank ready for our young visitors. Dan Calvo, marine biologist/aguarist owns and operates Little Oceans. Little Oceans specializes in custom aquarium design, installation, and maintenance to homes and businesses.

Please consider sponsoring STEM Education. Your $5,000 contribution will help ensure local children have access to the wonderful and unique aquatic world at the Science Center providing the opportunity to foster good stewardship in innovative science, technology, engineering and math education. 

These experiences help build the foundation for life-long learning and future career success!




The Science Center received over $5,000 in supplies, time, and expertise from Dan Calvo, marine biologist/aquarist, owner and operator of Little Oceans for the 600-gallon Touch Tank and Marine Room. 

Your commitment to the Science Center is very much appreciated. On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors, and most importantly, the children, I would like to gratefully acknowledge your generous sponsorship. We truly appreciate your support. Because of you, great futures start here!
Duke Energy
Charles A. Lauffer Trust
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 915
Ledman USA
Madico Window Films, Inc.
Pinellas Education Foundation
QTM, Inc.
ASCO/Emerson Charitable Trust
Clarity Services
Florida High Tech Corridor
Geographic Solutions
Gulf Coast Iguana Sanctuary
High Tech Corridor
Little Oceans
Nicklaus of Florida, Inc.
PNC Foundation
Sirata Beach Resort
The Grainger Foundation
Thomas & Mary James Foundation
USF Research Foundation, Inc.
Consulate Health Care
EnviroFocus Technologies LLC
Gopher Resources
University of South Florida
William O'Neil Trust

Catalina Charitable Foundation
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
Complete Technology Solutions
General Dynamics Ordinance and Tactical Systems
Jenkins Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Knowledge Quest
Little Oceans
PDR Certified Public Accountants
Pinellas Education Foundation
Queen's Court, Inc.
In Memory of Alice Radcliffe
Turning Point, Inc.
Trenam Kemker
US AmeriBank
Wells Fargo
William O'Neil Trust
Susan Black
Patricia Brown
Scott Callison
Alice Cobb
Lucy Curci-Gonzales
In Memory of Gary and Marie
Bhargavi Goyal
Allen Lloyd
Kevin Madden
Edward Peachey
Brandy Polkinghorn
Richard Peck
David Piper
Kay Schwartz
Janet Till
Ebony Vaz
Mitch Vigeveno