It was a ROCK-in' evening on Saturday when we hosted the sixth annual Neanderthal Ball presented by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children!
Special to the event was the first-ever Harriet Lake Caveman Couture Contest! Guests were invited to go full-on cave dweller or add a dash of prehistoric flair. Look at the contestant photos below. Which is your favorite?
Here's a new video of the Neanderthal Ball. Thanks to our friends at Starwood Vacation Ownership for producing the video! For information on next year's events, please contact Kathy Lopus at 407.514.2233 or email
More than 600 Stepped Into The Past to Support the Future
The Neanderthal Ball Was a Rockin’ Success
Guests partied like a caveman at the Orlando Science Center's Annual Neanderthal Ball on Saturday, November 5. They participated in a “diamond dig” for an authentic half-karat diamond, examined real fossils, and showed off the latest in “caveman couture.” It was a night of prehistoric fun in the dinosaur exhibit and raised $100,000 for the Science Center’s mission to inspire science learning for life.
Not only was the ball filled with fun activities, upscale dining was provided by Stonewood Grill with beverages, including Olive Garden’s fine wines and Orlando Brewing Company’s artisan beers. New event partner Absolut vodka offered a martini bar to move our theme into the Ice Age with a themed area inside the Science Center’s astronomy exhibit.
The Neanderthal Ball is presented by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The event continues to serve as one of the Science Center’s biggest friend-raisers of the year.
Over 500 cavemen and cavewomen stepped into the past on November 6 for Orlando Science Center’s fourth annual Neanderthal Ball. Guests arrived in style by showcasing their favorite animal print cocktail dresses, ties and prehistoric accessories. DinoDigs set the stage, providing attendees with the opportunity to dine beside STAN the T-Rex and slightly friendlier dinosaurs.
Capital Grille, Tim’s Wine Market and Orlando Brewing helped kick off the festivities by providing fine wine and delicious beer that flowed freely throughout the gala evening. The silent auction was the talk of the party, as some of Orlando’s most influential people traveled around the fourth floor rotunda bidding on items that were graciously donated by an array of spectacular sponsors. Exclusive travel packages, theme park attractions, wine and dining events, sports and golf outings and gift certificates were just some of the unique experiences and items offered.
The celebration continued throughout the night as our ancient friends enjoyed their meals, while rocking out to music and themed entertainment. Chief Meteorologist Jeff Day led the raffle drawings that included two round-trip Air Tran tickets, a Chauffered Dine-Around, as well as the best prize of the night, a half-carat diamond!
Due in part to this extraordinary fundraiser, dedicated Board of Trustees and devoted staff, the Orlando Science Center is able to maintain the mission and goal of inspiring science learning for life.
Ever dream of becoming a super hero? Playing the hero in video games may actually help make that a reality!
Violent video games have long been thought to increase aggression, but it appears that the opposite is true as well. A study done at the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Laboratory shows that having superpowers in a video game can make people more altruistic.
Stanford researchers used a simulation game to test their theory. One at a time, 60 men and women strapped on virtual reality goggles and were whisked away to a virtual cityscape. Their airborne mission: to deliver insulin to a diabetic child. Half of the test subjects completed their mission by flying in a helicopter; the other half controlled their flight by a series of arm motions, like Superman.
Arcade games by definition are typically coin-operated machines such as pinball machines, video games and merchandisers (games which use claw cranes).
The first popular arcade games date back to the 1920s with the first coin-operated, fortune telling machines. In 1966 Sega introduced Periscope, an early submarine simulator, which became a worldwide success and the first arcade game to cost one quarter to play, a price which remained the standard for arcade games for many years to come.
More than 200 VIP guests attended a sneak preview of Otronicon last night. The Science Center’s largest annual event, Otronicon is a celebration of technology that’s “made in Orlando, played in Orlando,” promoting the innovation that’s occurring in our backyard and its impact on how we live, learn, work and play. Speakers in last night’s presentation, included Science Center President JoAnn Newman plus Orlando City Commissioner Robert Stuart, Science Center Trustee and head of NAWCTSD/NSA Orlando Captain Steve Nakagawa and Trustee Daryl Holt, EA Sports VP and GM of EA – Tiburon.
The event was launched with a flash mob inspired by the film “Revenge of the Nerds” with dancers in nerd garb celebrating “geek chic.” Guests included Chase Smith from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ office, Winter Park City Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel, Dick Harkey from Represenative John Mica’s office, Susan Fernandez from Senator Marco Rubio’s office, Cindy Brown from Representative Daniel Webster’s Office, David Odahowski from Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Flora Maria Garcia from United Arts of Central Florida, and Dr. Ann Manley from Dr. Phillips Charities.
Photos courtesy of RF Photography and Jaffy Escarcha.
Thinking back to high school geometry, did you ever think you might calculate the hypotenuse of a triangle in your adult life? Or apply the principles of acceleration learned in physics class?
For aviators, understanding math and physics is a must for reviewing flight plans and calculating fuel usage. Students, however, often don't see a correlation between math and science and their life experiences. Like generations before, they find themselves questioning when they will ever use the lessons taught in school.
What kids do understand is technology.
When it comes to technology in education, there is an enormous amount of evidence that indicates immersive, game-based learning environments foster deeper learning and provide opportunities to develop and exercise collaborative skills.
It’s all a matter of harnessing gaming power for an academic purpose. Lockheed Martin is working to combine technology and learning for professionals and students through its Prepar3D® simulation software. It’s one conduit to help engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.