Science Competitions

While our society focuses on the successes of athletes and performers, our country’s future hinges on innovation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Orlando Science Center is committed to supporting children and young adults in their scientific endeavors by providing competitions to showcase their accomplishments, allow them to gain access to mentors in the community, and aid them in their future academic and career goals.


Curtis Rising Stars Science Competition

This is an entry level STEM competition for students in grades Kindergarten – 4th. The purpose of this program is to prepare and inspire younger elementary students for science competitions later on in their academic careers. The premise of this competition is challenge-based with a team focus. Unlike middle and high school competitions, this program will seek to prepare students through pre-activities and prompts that occur during the school day and then culminates in a daylong event at the Orlando Science Center where students will put their skills into practice via a competition.


Curtis Kinetic Science Competition

Motivating students to stretch the capacity of their unlimited imaginations, Orlando Science Center challenges students to transform ordinary and found objects into a kinetic system. Awards will be given based on problem-solving, best use of science and mechanical innovation.

Best in Fair winners receive $500 to the team and medals to the team members! Prizes of $250 are also awarded to Best use of Science and Most Innovative, and to the winning team’s sponsoring teacher..


Orlando Science Center Science Challenge

Presented by Bright House Networks, the Science Challenge encourages excellence in science education and provides an intermediate event between the County Science Fairs and the State Science Fair. Middle and high-schoolers are invited by winning first place in the physical science competitions in county Science Fairs in the nine surrounding counties (Brevard [Intercoastal, Mainland, South], Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, and Volusia). Both junior and senior division winners in each category receive $400, while the top Best in Fair winner earns a $4,000 scholarship for college.


Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition

The Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition encourages students to help humanity through scientific research. High-schoolers submit research papers to be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges who select five finalists. Finalists are invited to participate in a three-day, expenses-paid event in April, concluded by an awards luncheon to announce the “Ying Prize” of $5,000 to the top student, $1,000 to their teacher and $1,000 to their principal!


For more information about Orlando Science Center’s science competitions, please call our Reservations Office at 407.514.2112 or email
Science Competitions Flyer

Science Competitions Flyer

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