Ann-Marie Burden, 5, of Brandon smiles as she gets ready to take a journey through CSI: The Experience,” exhibit hosted by Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). The exhibit was open to the public during the summer.

The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) was the proud recipient last month of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) Award for “Community Supporter of the Year.”

Museum spokesperson Adrienne Drew said that the panel of judges selected MOSI as the recipient of the  award as part of TBTF’s Eighth Annual Industry Achievement Awards event held in November.

Other finalists for this year’s award included the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) and the Science Center of Pinellas.

MOSI President Wit Ostrenko was on hand to receive the award on behalf of all of MOSI’s staff.

“MOSI is extremely honored to receive the ‘Community Supporter of the Year’ award, and we will continue to do our best to lead the Tampa Bay community with quality educational programs that support STEM education,” Ostrenko said.

Founded in 2000, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum is a nonprofit membership association committed to connecting and growing the technology community in Tampa Bay.

“The awards gala is always an exciting time because it is really the only event in Tampa Bay dedicated solely to celebrating our region’s technology industry and honoring our best and brightest,” said Amy Norman, president and CEO of TBTF. “Our judges had their work cut out for them this year as we had a record number of impressive applicants.”

With a total size of over 400,000 sq. feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States, and home to the only IMAX Dome Theatre in the state of Florida.

Visitors to the museum have had a chance to enjoy dozens of new exhibits and attractions such as Exhibit CSI, Design Zone, its newest permanent exhibition, The Amazing You, which explores the world of birth through end of life and the Sky Trail Ropes Course, featuring 36 elements on a 12-36-ft. high, multilevel structure.

Add to that is Kids In Charge! The Children’s Science Center at MOSI is the largest children’s science center in the nation. MOSI is also the winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums.

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