Friday, January 10, 2020

Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) to host the Second Annual Broward Youth Climate Summit Presented by Broward County Public Schools and the Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division

  • 750 high school and middle school students from throughout Broward County will attend the Second Annual Broward Youth Climate Summit at MODS where they will collaboratively explore and discuss critical climate-related issues facing south Florida and Broward County.  There will be nine career-oriented 45-minute interactive sessions, which will focus on how sea level rise and other climate impacts are influencing careers such as engineering, technology/science, law/debate, politics/civics, government, economics, arts/entertainment, communication/media and social/human services.
  • Numerous state and local leaders will be in attendance to facilitate the programming including Julia Nesheiwat, PhD, the first chief resilience officer for the state of Florida, who will serve as the keynote speaker. The Summit will be kicked off with welcome remarks from Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, Broward County Commissioners Beam Furr and Nan Rich, and Joseph P. Cox, president and CEO of MODS.
  • This year’s Summit, which focuses on sea level rise, will help youth leaders to better understand the principles of climate science and will provide them with the tools to help them communicate the issues and take action to promote and implement climate action in their homes, schools and communities.
  • With south Florida being one of the country’s most vulnerable areas for flooding and other climate change issues, MODS is dedicated to leading the way in the climate-focused conversation. The Museum, led by Cox, is dedicated to becoming Broward County’s dynamic hub for dialogue and innovation regarding resiliency and community solutions to impact climate change.
  • MODS, with its innovative new exhibits and programs, hands-on resources and experiential learning model, provides the ideal location for the Summit as the Museum strives to connect teens to inspiring science through the love of learning beyond the traditional classroom.
  • In conjunction with the Summit, the students will be challenged to create their own Climate Action Plans to combat sea level rise. In fact, MODS is proposing to bring together a consortium of partners to develop an innovative permanent exhibition, “Pathways to Resilience,” which would serve to highlight coastal resiliency and solutions to the impact of climate change.


WHO:                  Julia Nesheiwat, PhD, chief resilience officer for the state of Florida

Robert Runcie, Broward County Public Schools superintendent

Beam Furr, Broward County commissioner

Nan Rich, Broward County commissioner

Joseph P. Cox, president and CEO of MODS


WHEN:                 Friday, January 10, 2020

                                9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


WHERE:               Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

For more information about the Museum, call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit

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