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For Immediate Release
IMAG and Florida Power & Light to Unveil State-of-the-Art Solar Canopy
Fort Myers, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2017) – Saturday, March 3, from 11a.m. – 2p.m. IMAG ‘Science Saturday’ will be all about the sun. IMAG invites the public to enjoy the celebration as Florida Power & Light (FPL) unveils a new solar canopy and two solar trees located on the south side of the IMAG grounds. ‘Science Saturday’ occurs the first Saturday of each month. Interactive activities occur in designated stations throughout the center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and are included with admission.
The solar canopy and trees were generously contributed by the FPL SolarNow™ Program, a community-supported solar program designed to provide contributors with an easy way to help advance solar energy in Florida. As a host site, IMAG plays an integral role in contributing space, as well as inspirational engagement that exposes community members to the concept of solar power. The canopy will provide much needed shade for various education programs, while also generating solar energy that will flow back into FPL’s power grid.
All ‘Science Saturday’ activities will be solar themed with plenty of opportunities for hands-on fun. Guests will be able to race solar cars on a table-top race track, make solar bracelets with UV beads, design solar prints and create sun dials.
Deputy director Shelby Baucom said, “We are grateful for this partnership with FPL. The space created is innovative and inviting and will expand opportunities for educational programming, serving as a multifunctional outdoor classroom. It is ideal for science demos that can get very messy, hosting large-group picnics, and providing a shady respite for guests exploring the IMAG campus.”
IMAG History and Science Center is a family-friendly destination offering fun interactive exhibits, an aquarium, history displays and a 3D theater. The mission is to engage guests in the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and more recently the history of Southwest Florida. This is achieved through hands-on experiences and educational programs that further the understanding of the natural and human-made world, and foster an appreciation for Southwest Florida’s unique environment, natural waterways and rich history. A visit to IMAG nurtures intellectual curiosity, discovery and innovation. For more information, visit www.theIMAG.org or visit in person – 2000 Cranford Avenue | Fort Myers, Florida 33916