The Orlando Science Center’s public relations efforts generate awareness for its exhibits, films, programs and events through media coverage as well as enhance its image as a community resource.

Through careful planning and good relationships with local newspapers, TV networks, websites and radio stations, the Orlando Science Center enjoys consistent coverage.

The Orlando Science Center also functions as a reliable resource for area reporters in need of quick story ideas or colorful backgrounds for live reports. Area media often interview guests and staff on issues involving science, technology and current events.


The JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to the Orlando Science Center for a Science Literacy Program at Evans High School. The program will provide Teacher Professional Development (TPD) to science teachers in order to increase inquiry skills and content knowledge, model creative techniques and offer strategies for encouraging problem-solving and critical thinking to the students of Evans High School.

“Partnerships like this one can be a tremendous support to our schools by enhancing their resources and providing science education in a way that really connects with students,” said Science Center President JoAnn Newman. “Chase’s support is enabling the Science Center to do what we do best and helping us to reach the kids that need us most. It really is a win-win for everyone.”

Along with these tools for the teachers; students will be provided with hands-on classroom activities relatable to "real world" science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) applications. It is the hope of the Science Center to increase the number of students who choose to do science-based activities outside the classroom.


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Central Florida Families Can Enjoy the Science Center, Mission Nutrition 4, Curious George and More for Just $5/Person

Saturday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ORLANDO, FL - (February 14, 2011) - The Orlando Science Center, in partnership with the Walmart Foundation, has announced the next “Walmart $5 Day” will be Saturday, February 19. Thanks to Walmart’s generous support, all guests to the Science Center on February 19 will enjoy exhibits, films and live programs for the significantly discounted price of $5. General admission fees are usually $17 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-11).

This year marks the second year for this partnership between the Science Center and the Walmart Foundation. Walmart $5 Day provides admission to all the Science Center’s exhibits, films and programs, including a special day of activities and displays on health and wellness. For many, this event presents the opportunity to experience the Science Center for the first time. Walmart Market Manager for Central Florida Steven Daniel said, “These are the types of community programs we are proud to sponsor for our Central Florida neighbors.”


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I/ITSEC - Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, held annually at the Orange County Convention Center attracts over 18,000 national and international attendees to this dynamic showcase of the latest in high tech simulation and digital media.

The Serious Games Showcase promotes innovative game-based solutions to education and training problems.  Finalists in each of the 3 categories – student, government, and business-were selected by a panel of serious game leaders from military, industry, and academia.

Energize! took top prize in the student category. The game was developed by the Orlando Science Center and by a team from the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA), which included graduate students led by instructor Ron Weaver.


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Experience Orlando By Night at the Orlando Science Center!

First & Third Saturday Evenings of Each Month Starting This Week, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Orlando, FL – November 15, 2010The silver-domed Crosby Observatory atop the Orlando Science Center houses Florida's largest refractor telescopes available to the public. From November 20, 2010 to February 19, 2011, the Crosby Observatory will be open for seasonal night sky viewing. The observatory will be accessible on the first and third Saturday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Visitors can witness the wonders of the night sky as they observe moons, planets and other astronomical special events during evening sky watches and solar observing using our telescope. Peer through the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope to view the planets, the four moons of Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and more.


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Board of Trustees Full of Fresh Faces

Orlando, FL - October 22, 2010 - The Orlando Science Center’s Board of Trustees has announced the election of ten new members.  Freshman trustees include Linda Ferrone, Vice President of North Highland; Robert Finfrock, Owner of Finfrock Industries; Mike Furey, Vice President of Finance for Universal Parks and Resorts; Nabil May, Senior Vice President of Hancock Bank; Jeff Sharon, Director of the Southeast US Philanthropic Management for the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch; Sam Miller, Senior Attorney at Akerman, Senterfitt; and Brian Shields, Meteorologist for WFTV, Channel 9.  Cindy Lou Hartig, Osceola County School Board member and Jacki Churchill, Chief Financial Officer of Orlando International Airport will serve as ex-officio trustees.

In addition, the Board of Trustees re-elected six members for another term. They are Stewart Clark, Vice President of Discovery Cove; Norbert Dean, Director- Sourcing and Procurement for Disney Worldwide Services, Inc; Steven Goldman and Jeffrey S. Pridmore, Vice President of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Joie Cadle, Orange County School Board and Lydia Gardner, Orange County Clerk of Courts will continue to serve as ex-officio trustees.

In the same meeting, Jeff Pridmore was elected Chair of the Science Center Board of Trustees. Joining him on the executive committee are Renato Barbon, Vice President of Darden Restaurants (Vice Chair); Scott Wilson, Audit Partner at RSM McGladrey (Treasurer); Peggy Smith-Herbst, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief Science and Health for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Secretary). Gretchen Penton, Director, Pediatric Primary Care Service Line Development and Strategic Planning, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Stewart Clark of Discovery Cove will serve as at-large members of the executive committee.  Sam Miller has agreed to serve as Board Council.  Ted Bradford, Senior Vice President of First National Bank of Central Florida will continue on the executive committee as immediate past chair of the board.

The Orlando Science Center is one of the most popular cultural institutions in Central Florida, which promotes learning and growth through hands-on experience and play to an average of 300,000 guests each year. The interactive exhibits, live programs, giant screen CineDome shows and Observatory make the Science Center a haven for discovery and fun. The Science Center also provides educational opportunities outside its walls, including field trips and outreach activities at schools and community centers.


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