Cade Museum Launches Pilot Program with Parks Recreation & Cultural Affairs for Research Study


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot program in partnership with the Cade Museum for Creativity +Invention. Students from the Porter’s Community Center will come to the Cade Museum for three sessions over the next three months. Each session will build off the next by teaching basic science concepts from their inception, while more intensive aspects of each topic will be taught as the sessions go on.

Before and after each session, participating students are briefly interviewed with questions pertaining to their outlook on science, creativity and learning. The Cade Museum is collecting data on how the students’ perceptions and confidence levels change by being an active participant in the Cade Way of learning. The information gathered will aid in applying for future educational grants so that the Cade Museum can continue to offer special programs and reach as many students as possible throughout the regional community.

“We are so excited about the partnership with the Cade Museum. Experiential learning is a strong component of our after-school program, especially as it relates to STEM topics. This is a wonderful way for our children to not just learn about science, but to experience it,” said City of Gainesville Recreation Manager Shannon Keleher.

This pilot program was inspired by the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ Creativity Garden minigrant, which was awarded to the Cade Museum in February 2016. The $8,000 grant allowed the Cade Museum to provide field trips and bussing for fourth and fifth grade students from Metcalfe Elementary to supplement their classroom instruction in a hands-on environment that promotes exploration and experimentation, while meeting educational standards.

“We are thrilled to launch this program and give students the opportunity to recognize their potential so that they understand they can achieve anything if they just roll up their sleeves and put their mind to it,” said Patty Lipka, the program director for the Cade Museum.

For more information on PRCA’s Foundations Academy after-school program, please contact the main office at 352-334-5067 or visit

The Cade Museum’s new building located in Gainesville’s Depot Park is on track for an opening date in fall 2017. The 21,000-square-foot museum will have interactive exhibits, programming, events, rental facilities, a gift shop and opportunities to work alongside successful inventors. To learn more, visit