Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 16, 2014 -- Students from Tampa Adventist Academy departed from their field trip at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) this afternoon looking a little wind-blown.
The third- and fourth-grade students experienced 75 mile-per-hour winds in a hurricane simulator and had the chance to explore the Disasterville exhibit, a 10,000-square-foot interactive exhibit, where guests walk through interactive towns and experience the impact of several simulated natural disasters. They also enjoyed the WeatherQuest Program, including an interactive presentation where they learned the ins and outs of a weather broadcast.
The field trip, designed to provide an opportunity for students to learn about the science behind extreme weather, was sponsored by American integrity Insurance Group as an extension of the company’s support of the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program.
Before participating in the WeatherQuest program, American Integrity representatives presented the company’s $3.25 million contribution to Step Up For Students, which represents the total amount the company has given since joining the program in 2009. American Integrity's recent $750,000 pledge will provide nearly 140 scholarships for the 2014-15 school year.
“As a donor to the Step Up program, we wanted to take our involvement a step further and offer an educational and fun way for students to learn about extreme weather, especially since hurricane season is quickly approaching,” said Amanda Richter, marketing leader for American Integrity. “We are proud to be a part of this scholarship program and hope to continue supporting Step Up For Students in their mission to help low-income families gain access to the schools that best fit the way their children learn.”
Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, and this year is helping nearly 60,000 low-income students attend a K-12 private school of their parents’ choice, or use a transportation scholarship to attend an out-of-district public school.
“We are thankful for American Integrity Insurance Group’s commitment to supporting low-income students through our scholarship program,” said Doug Tuthill, president of Step Up for Students. “Through their generous contributions, our donors are not only providing educational opportunities to students – they are providing hope for a brighter future. There’s nothing better than that.”
There are more than 2,500 Step Up scholars in Hillsborough County this school year, and more than 75 students using scholarships at Tampa Adventist Academy.
About American Integrity:
Based in Tampa Bay, FL, American Integrity Insurance Company specializes in residential property. With over 170,000 policies in-force and represented by over 700 independent agents, the company offers innovative property insurance solutions such as coverage for vacant homes, manufactured homes and dwelling fire policies in addition to homeowners insurance. More information is available at http://www.aiicfl.com.
About Step Up For Students
Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization responsible for administering the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is available to students who qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch and students who are in foster care or who are homeless, and provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or transportation help to an out-of-district public school. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions. For further information, visit http://www.StepUpForStudents.org.
About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation; The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness; or Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, which combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 35 elements on a 12 – 36-foot-high, multilevel structure, or soar 700 feet on the Sky Trail Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s new technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and preschoolers can experiment with friction and collision physics in Slippery Science, a PNC Passport to Science – Grow Up Great Initiative. Additionally, MOSI recently unveiled its newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA, where guests can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit http://www.mosi.org.
Ashley McDuffie, Step Up For Students, http://www.stepupforstudents.org, +1 813.463.8950, [email protected]