We're serious about our Science, but that doesn't mean we can't have a few laughs, too! On May 2nd, crowds were treated to three Standing-Room-Only performances by Willie the Clown AKA The Science Magician! Our happy harlequin host presented several magic tricks, including several that still have us scratching our heads! But best of all, in true Science Center fashion, there was something to learn, too.
Willie's Clues about Refraction opened guests eyes to a glass-shattering illusion, while Willie's Clues about Pressure made for a fun and confounding round of "Three Card Monte!"
In a related note, nuclear physicist and OSC Volunteer Bill Kahn has performed his unique brand of theatrical Clownology for years, delighting audiences at various shelters, hospitals, and assisted living facilities. Mr. Kahn, who represents Willie in all of his business dealings and recommendations for pizza toppings, has hinted that in the very near future, the lovable Science Magician may pop up again!
New HVAC system is the first step toward building becoming LEED certified
Orlando Science Center will use operations to educate public on sustainable technology
Orlando, FL - May 6, 2010 - The Orlando Science Center has embarked on a major retrofit of its facility to increase its energy efficiency, decrease operational costs and help serve as a community leader in the use of sustainable technologies. Born out of a need for a new HVAC system and a strong commitment to environmental stewardship, the Science Center will be participating in a number of sustainability efforts in the months and years ahead.
The first step in this process was the recent installation of a new energy-efficient HVAC system, which is already providing cooler temperatures within the Orlando Science Center. Many partners contributed to the success of this effort, including Irvine Mechanical that helped select and install the new system, the City of Orlando and Orange County who assisted in securing federal stimulus dollars, and the Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Council, OUC - the Reliable One and Darden Environmental Trust for providing significant grants.
Free Admission To Celebrate The Lunchables “Field Trips for All” Program on Saturday, May 1, 2010
To help Orlando experience what the world has to offer outside of the classroom, the Lunchables team provided free admission to the Orlando Science Center for 1,250 guests ($15,000 worth of admissions) on Saturday, May 1, 2010. They provided this donation as a part of its “Field Trips for All” program.
The “Field Trips For All” program is the first effort from the Lunchables team’s new initiative called Project Potential. Aimed at empowering kids with opportunities that help them realize their full potential, Project Potential will provide enriching encounters kids otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to experience.
The Orlando Science Center was one of five science museums across the country, including ones in San Diego, Houston, Chicago and Indianapolis, selected to participate in this special event. Lunchables’ “Field Trips for All” is now recruiting nominations for classrooms to receive a complimentary field trip in the next school year.
Deserving classrooms will be selected from nominations submitted online at lunchables.com from now through June 1, 2010. For more information or to submit a nomination, log onto lunchables.com.
Orlando Science Center Provides Title I Students With Tools for Future Success
Photo Caption: Orlando Science Center President and CEO JoAnn Newman with AT&T's Judy Spencer, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal. On behalf of the Orlando Science Center, Newman accepted a $50,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation during the Science Center's Otronicon event. The grant enabled nine Title I middle school classes to attend the event as well as fund 60 scholarships for a digital media academy for teens this summer.
Saturday, April 17, 2010 saw the "Rise of the Machines" during Mission: Nutrition III. This event highlighted the important of health and wellness in our everyday lives, and emphasized healthcare careers as well as advancements in medical technology and patient simulation. WorkForce Central Florida partnered with the Orlando Science Center to bring this event to the Central Florida community.
Other partners included American Red Cross, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Lerner Family Chiropractic Center, Winter Park Tech, Valencia Community College, Young Chef’s Academy and Wholesome Tummies.