THE CADE SALUTES VETS ON VETERANS DAY
Gainesville, FL: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—The Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention gives heartfelt thanks to active and discharged military personnel for their service and sacrifice this Veterans Day. The Cade will be open and offering free admission for military personnel on Thursday, November 11 from noon to 5 p.m.
Historically, the Cade has a connection to the U.S. Military through its namesake, who’s primarily known as the lead inventor of Gatorade. Dr. James Robert “Bob” Cade was, himself, a decorated Navy Veteran. He completed his service in September 1948 with the rank of pharmacist's mate third class.
Through Dr. Cade’s medical research and military service, he set an example of altruism and insatiable curiosity for his family and loved ones. That unquenchable spirit lives on today at the Cade Museum. When Veterans and their families visit the museum’s Sweat Solution exhibit, they learn via colorful interactives about Gatorade and Dr. Cade’s other breakthroughs and inventions.
In honor of Dr. Cade and other Veterans, the Cade Museum will be open on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11 from noon to 5 p.m., offering free admission to all active and discharged military personnel. The museum offers messy experiments, engaging demonstrations, games and crafts that are entertaining for all ages, from making slime in the Creativity Lab to exploring the world of Virtual Reality in the Fab Lab and building life-sized creations with PolyCade in the Rotunda. Both adults and children alike will enjoy the nostalgia and fun of the museum’s current theme, Toys and Games, which tells the story behind inventions related to play, from Play-Doh and Lincoln Logs to Atari and Nintendo.
The Cade celebrates Veterans throughout the year through additional programs. The museum belongs to Blue Star Families, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and thousands of museums across the country. The program provides free museum admission for the nation's active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Armed Forces Day in May to Labor Day in September.
Visit cademuseum.org to find out more about the museum and Dr. Cade’s legacy. Visit Blue Star Families at bluestarfam.org to learn more about discounted museum admission for Veteran families.
About the Cade Museum
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, a museum in Gainesville, Florida is committed to transforming communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. Since opening in 2018, more than 100,000 visitors have experienced the Cade’s unique hands-on programming for children designed to spark imagination and inspire creativity. The Cade’s programs also help to build bridges to the innovation economy for those without access, low-income families, underserved communities, and those needing assistance to access education and start on the career paths available to them to fulfill their dreams. To learn more about the Cade Museum’s mission, visit cademuseum.org. Located at 811 S Main Street, Gainesville, Florida. Hours of operation: Thursday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cade Museum’s Stephanie Bailes Named a Top 50 International Museum Influencer
Blooloop, a leading global resource for visitor attractions sector professionals, has named Stephanie Bailes, President and Executive Director of the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention, as among the top museum influencers in 2021.
“It is an incredible honor, as well as humbling, to be included on this list of international influencers in the museum field,” says Bailes. “I've dedicated the last four years of my life working to bring the Cade Museum to reality and it does feel satisfying to have that commitment recognized.”
The Blooloop 50 celebrates the work of 50 key individuals internationally in the fields of theme parks and museums who have impacted the visitor attraction sector with innovation, creativity, passion and drive. The influencers are chosen by a panel of judges, among whom are: Corinne Estrada, CEO Founder of Communicating the Arts, Annette Welkamp, Director of Culture Counsel, and Tom Zaller, CEO of Imagine Exhibitions, Inc.
Zaller states, “Museums play a crucial role in our communities and culture and they have just faced a year of incredible challenges. The dedication, passion, and resilience that I saw museum leaders demonstrate in this year has no doubt transformed our industry in myriad ways. As we are beginning to emerge from a time of crisis, museums must continue to provide safe spaces for dialogue and reflection and collective healing. The influencers on this list represent the strength, creativity, and innovation that is a hallmark of our field, now and as we move into the future.”
Bailes is listed alongside museum professionals and industry leaders from around the world, including: Ngaire Blankenberg, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Laurence des Cars, President of the Louvre, Piotr Cywiński, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Larry Dubinski, President & CEO of the Franklin Institute, Koyo Kouoh, Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, and Eugene Tan, Director of the Singapore Art Museum.
Bailes was recognized for her leadership of the Cade Museum through its opening in 2018 and through its subsequent adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As President & Executive Director of the Cade Museum, Bailes is not only a driving force in ensuring the long-term success of this start-up, but also a force for good in the Gainesville, Florida community.
In 2017, Bailes was brought in to restructure the organization. She completed an iconic building construction project and launched expanded program offerings in the new 26k sq ft facility. She has grown the organization from a staff of four to nearly 40, raised over four million dollars in support of the museum, and guided education curriculum development. The museum opened its doors to the public in 2018 and has since seen over 100,000 visitors.
In an effort to transform communities, she has fostered innovative partnerships that have propelled the Cade worldwide and allowed the Cade to continue to grow during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a new museum, the Cade’s growth during the pandemic is both impressive and vital to the museum’s survival.
The Cade Museum pivoted quickly in the early days of the pandemic to create digital learning offerings. When Qualcomm had to cancel its in-person Bring Your Kids to Work Day, the Cade Museum stepped in and created digital programming for Qualcomm employees and their children across the nation to do at home. The Cade Museum also partnered with the local Public Broadcasting Station, WUFT, to create videos and downloadable backpacks full of STEAM activities.
Concerned for children in homes without internet access, Bailes developed a partnership with the Gainesville Housing Authority, COX Communications, and the Community Foundation of North Central Florida to bring free internet to residents with school-aged children living in subsidized housing communities.
As the museum prepared to re-open from its closure during the pandemic, Bailes partnered with Orlando-based start-up Violet Defense to install patented UV disinfection technology, allowing staff to purify the museum’s surfaces and air. “This technology allowed us to bring back a sense of normalcy and restore human connection during these trying times,” said Bailes.
In the wake of the pandemic, the Cade Museum licensed their traveling exhibit, PolyCade, to the Institute of Imagination in London (iOi), for a project of hope and healing. PolyCade is an interactive art installation consisting of paper polyhedrons that can be stacked up to towering heights and torn down to start again. PolyCade was used in iOi’s Big Build initiative, which allowed school children to create sculptures that represented community and celebration of life. The Institute of Imagination writes “This exciting initiative brings much needed creativity to the heart of Newham, one of the London districts hardest hit by the pandemic.”
These are just a few examples of the way that the Cade Museum, guided by Bailes, provided creativity, ingenuity, and inspiration during a bleak year.
“Of course, no one stands alone,” says Bailes. “I'm blessed to have an incredible vision from our founder Phoebe Miles to use as our guide star, and the unfailing support and guidance of her and of co-founder Richard Miles along with our Board of Directors. There is then the Cade’s team of senior leaders who make it all happen including Ellie Thom, Jenna Ostas, Phil Waite, Patty Lipka, and Jody Farmer along with every other Cade team member.”
Find the list of all 50 influencers and read Bailes’ story here: https://blooloop.com/blooloop-50-museum-influencer-list-2021/the-blooloop-50/
About the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
In 2004, Dr. James Robert Cade and his family established the Cade Museum Foundation to build the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention in Gainesville, Florida. The Cade’s mission is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. Dr. Cade, a physician at the University of Florida, was best known as the leader of a research team that invented Gatorade in 1965. The Cade Museum is open to the public and located at 811 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. An independent 501(c)(3) public foundation, the museum receives no operational funding from federal, state, or local governments, or the University of Florida. To learn more about Dr. Cade and the Cade Museum’s mission, visit cademuseum.org.
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A spooktacular Halloween returns to the Cade
GAINESVILLE, FLA.—From tricks and treats to oozy slime and creepy fake blood, a witch’s brew of fun awaits kids and families at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention on Halloween weekend.
Sparks and Spooks takes over the Cade Museum the entire day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 30.
The Halloween spooktacular features a safe environment with games and activities that will cast a spell of curiosity on all those who participate. Kids can learn about the macabre and mysterious forces of nature from the Cade’s own mad scientists while participating in engaging, sensory-friendly activities, arts and crafts.
Howling surprises await from the Cade’s 3D printer, demonstrations in the Creativity and Fab Labs and full access to the museum’s current theme and exhibits: Toys & Games, Measurement Rules and The Great Indoors.
Children (17 years & under) get in free in costume, so bring your little superheroes, monsters and beasties all suited up to the Oct. 30th event.
Part of an annual tradition, Sparks and Spooks has included in past years a scavenger hunt, mini spider-launching catapults, “Makey Makey with Pumpkins'' on a mobile cart, and an electro ball and conductivity test tubes —literally, hair-raising fun.
“We have been having a blast planning Sparks and Spooks at the Cade — we love the fall and all the madcap make believe that comes with it,” said Stephanie Bailes, the museum’s President and Executive Director. “The little everyday transformations of kids’ play fuel their imagination, sparking the innovation of tomorrow.”
And for another treat: The Cade Museum will be offering a 30 percent off sale in the Loot Lab gift shop. Admission to the museum is not required to shop in the gift shop.
There’s truly something for every-body. (Insert creepy laugh here.)
About the Cade Museum
The Cade’s mission is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. The Cade’s unique hands-on programming for all ages is designed to spark imagination and inspire creativity. The museum is named for Dr. Cade, a physician at the University of Florida who is best known as the leader of a research team that invented Gatorade in 1965. The Cade Museum is open to the public and located at 811 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. An independent 501(c)(3) public foundation, the museum receives no operational funding from federal, state, or local governments, or the University of Florida. To learn more about Dr. Cade and the Cade Museum’s mission, visit cademuseum.org.
12th Annual Cade Prize Winners Announced
Gainesville, Fla. (October 1, 2021) –The Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention is pleased to announce SPKL, LLC of Tampa, Florida is the winner of the 2021 Cade Prize for developing the rbSEE blood flow monitor, a vastly better way to measure blood flow and improve treatment of traumatic brain injuries, stroke and a variety of diseases.
The company developed a non-invasive, wearable blood flow monitor that can be used on any tissue surface of the body - the arm, leg, brain, or wounds - to obtain continuous blood flow measurement of a localized area at the patient's bedside.
Other Cade Prize winners are: Second place – EcoaTEX of Athens, Ga. for its sustainable, nanoparticle textile dyeing process that will save enormous amounts of water; third place – Aurita of Gainesville, Fla. for its three-dimensional tool to help researchers defeat cancer; fourth place – Versatile Sensor Technology of Gainesville, Fla. for its rapid Covid test that uses a handheld electrical sensor to detect COVID in saliva; and, fifth place – ResonanceDX, Inc. of Atlanta, Ga. for its rapid test to diagnose and help treat septic shock. Versatile Sensor Technology won the People’s Choice Award.
Judging took place prior to the Cade Prize Awards Ceremony on September 30 at the Cade Museum in Gainesville, Florida. In addition to first place winner SPKL, LLC, four more Cade Prize winners were chosen from a field of 21 Fibonacci Finalists and will share $64,000 in cash prizes: $34,000 for first place, $13,000 for second place, $8,000 for third place, $5,000 for fourth place, $3,000 for fifth place, and $1,000 for the People’s Choice. The winners will each receive $2,000 of in-kind legal services.
This year’s Cade Prize drew innovators from research universities and the private sector whose work addresses critical issues impacting the Southeast: Agriculture/Environmental, Healthcare/Biomedical, IT/Technology, Energy and a Wild Card category.
“This is twelfth year the Cade Prize has celebrated innovators with groundbreaking, early-stage, inventions that can one day change the world,” said Richard Miles, Cade Prize Committee Chair. “Funding and recognition from winning the prize is a catalyst for nascent companies. It will be exciting to see how this year’s life-changing inventions will make a difference when they come to fruition years from now.”
Past winners and finalists have included the NEWgenerator, whose technology is being adapted to grow food on the Moon and Mars, and On Running Shoes, now worn and promoted by celebrity athletes like tennis star Roger Federer.
“Winning the Cade Prize validated our idea, funded the research to advance it, and now we’ve become part of the supportive Cade family,” said 2014 Cade Prize Winner, Dr. Daniel Yeh, PhD, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of South Florida.
Yeh and his team developed NEWgenerator, a solar-powered machine that converts human wastewater into clean water, renewable energy, and nutrient fertilizer, providing a solution to the clean water and sanitation problem in the developing world. Since winning the Cade Prize, NEWgenerator has been field tested in India and South Africa through a partnership with the Gates Foundation. In the future, NEWgenerator could be used in natural disasters – such as hurricanes – domestically and worldwide.
This is the second year the competition has extended beyond Florida to include Georgia and Alabama, with plans to expand across the Southeast.
The Cade Prize is sponsored by Scott R. MacKenzie, Florida Trend, Modern Luxury, the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, James Moore Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, Rhys Williams and Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk Intellectual Property Law.
Visit cademuseum.org/cadeprize to learn more.
About the Cade Museum
The Cade Museum’s mission is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. In 2004, Dr. Robert Cade and his family established the Cade Museum Foundation to build the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Cade, a physician and professor of medicine at the University of Florida, was best known as the lead inventor of Gatorade in 1965. The Cade Museum is located at 811 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. An independent 501(c)(3) public foundation, the museum receives no operational funding from federal, state, or local governments, or the University of Florida. Visit CadeMuseum.org for more information.
SPKL, LLC of Tampa, Florida won the 2021 Cade Prize for their invention, rbSEE blood flow monitor
EcoaTEX of Athens, Ga. presents their sustainable, nanoparticle textile dyeing process at the Cade Prize Awards Ceremony
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