My visit to the Frost Museum in Miami was absolutely amazing

My visit to the Frost Museum in Miami was absolutely amazing. As a native of South Florida, this was my first time actually seeing the museum and it definitely was worth it. The first place I went to was the Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence exhibit. In this place, I learned about the many living organisms that are known for blinking, glowing, flashing and flickering. The second place I went to was the MeLa? exhibit. In this place, I learned how to challenge my brain with intricate puzzles and experiments; I was taught the various ways that my mind and body work simultaneously. The next place I visited was located on the third floor, Aquarium: The Dive. This exhibit showcased numerous aquariums and interactive vessels that allowed me to visualize the diversity in the sea, which includes damselfish, starfish and urchins. I also signed up for the Journey to the Stars show in the Frost Planetarium, which was a three-dimensional show consisting of the life and death of the stars and the sun. The last area I visited was the water exhibit in the entrance of the museum, where I learned about the importance, adaptations, unique qualities, hydrological cycle, usage, power, and industry of water.
Out of all the places I visited, the exhibit that had the most relevance to chemistry was the Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence. In this place, the building materials (carpets, adhesives, paints and wood products) were chosen with a low potential for off-gassing Volatile Organic Compounds and other contaminants to ensure the air quality was within the safety standards. The Creatures of the Light emphasized the generation of light through the display of living things. Bioluminescence is relevant to chemistry because it is the light that requires a chemical reaction in an organism. It is known as the process of living things transforming chemical energy into light. The light that humans are accustomed to is related to heat, while bioluminescence is known for being cold light. Some of the living things that are known for performing bioluminescence are glowing mushrooms, fireflies, sea slugs, ctenophores, corals, fungus and more. The chemistry behind this works in a series of steps. Luciferin, which is the light-bearer chemical, reacts with another chemical known as luciferase in the presence of oxygen. The first step involves the luciferin slipping into the luciferase protein, where it acts as a catalyst and speeds up the chemical reaction. The second step involves the luciferase helping the oxygen molecule attach to the luciferin. The third and last step is where the reaction of the luciferin and oxygen produces a higher-energy molecule, that throws off its extra energy as light. In bioluminescence, the light-making chemicals (luciferin and luciferase) are locked together in a single molecule known as the photoprotein, aequorin. Overall, my stay at the Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence was very informative and interactive but still relevant to chemistry.
The specific aspect that I particularly enjoyed was the MeLa? exhibit. For the most part, all the places I visited were extremely instructive but this exhibit was the most entertaining of them all. It included five zones that showcased the significance of health and decision making in our lives (eat, move, relax, connect and learn). There were so many games to play but my favorite one was the brain teaser challenges because I cherish anything that stimulates me to think. One of the things I found interesting about the exhibit was picking my own virtual plate and learning about how many steps it would take for me to burn off the calories through the dance floor. While this part of the museum was specialized for children, it did not stop me from having fun. I liked the fact that everyone who participated in this exhibit became the experiment through the different simulations. The simulations taught me the importance of how choices can affect our physical and mental health. As a whole, visiting the Frost Museum was such a phenomenal experience and I am thankful that I had the opportunity of attending.