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Storytime with Musical Twist Expert storyteller Madeline Potts joined us Monday, April 14 for an hour of interactive story time at Member Monday. With a banjo in hand, Madeline led the group in an interactive song experience where members could contribute to each of the stories. To get their creative juices going, the children made paper butterflies and colored sheets of paper to include in their springtime photo albums. 


Dinosaur Adventure

We invite you to our next Member Monday on May, 12 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. when we go back to pre-historic times and learn about dinosaurs. Discover when these creatures roamed the earth and check out fossils while participating in hands-on activities.

For more information, call 407.514.2158. Not a member yet? CLICK HERE to learn about other member benefits and to join.


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These Kids Will Change the World

Presenting the 16th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Celebrating the Exemplary Achievements of Local Science Students

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 21, 2014) — Since 1999, Dr. Nelson Ying — local scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist — has partnered with Orlando Science Center to celebrate the exemplary achievements of local science students. From April 25 – 27, five finalists from area high schools will compete for the coveted “Ying Prize” during the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. The Grand Prize winner also receives a $5,000 scholarship, a $1,000 award for the student’s science teacher or mentor and another $1,000 for the winner’s school.

To compete in the Ying Competition, each entrant must perform a research project that has the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity. Previous entries have investigated treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, faster delivery of mechanisms for medicine and solutions for beach erosion, just to name a few. Project reports are submitted and reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges including current and retired engineers, scientists, educators, and Dr. Ying, himself.

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Sam Brenner is currently a senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Seminole High School in Seminole County, is ranked in the top one percent of his class and currently holds a weighted grade point average of 4.72, having never earned less than a grade of A.

Sam has many accomplishments including first place in the Southeast U.S. for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad; Mu Alpha Theta’s competition in Florida on the history of mathematics; the Orlando Regional Science Olympiad; the U.S. for the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation BYG Challenge; and Seminole State College’s Battle of the Brains as an individual competitor.

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Nikhil Patel is a ninth grade student at Oviedo High School in Seminole County and is a member of the Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta. A science researcher since sixth grade, Nikhil is now a dual enrollment student at Seminole State College while also conducting research at the Synthetic Reality Lab at the University of Central Florida.

Nikhil was selected as one of the top 30 middle school science researchers in the country and competed in the Broadcom Masters competition in Washington, D.C. Nikhil is also a competitive fencer with the Stocatta Fencing Academy in Longwood, Fla.

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Catherine Li is a Junior at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orange County where she is involved in the ASPIRE Research Program, varsity volleyball, varsity track, Mu Alpha Theta and serves as president of both the Student Government Association and National Honor Society. She is inspired by scientific research and its potential to improve human conditions around the globe.

Over the past few years, Catherine has had the amazing opportunity of researching at the CREOL College of Optics and Photonics and the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. With strong interest in biomedical engineering, Catherine’s project focuses on the development of a new method to synthesizing nanoparticles especially designed for drug delivery applications, with an ultimate goal of cancer treatment.

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Alexandra Gabrielski is a freshman at Viera High School in Brevard County. Since third grade, Alexandra has competed in science fairs and her projects have all focused on the environment.

Her current three-year project on algae biofuel demonstrates her commitment to sustainability. Alexandra has been fortunate to receive many awards for her science fair projects, including first place at regional, state and Orlando Science Center fairs as well as receiving multiple special awards.

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This weekend is the 16th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition! Every day this week, we'll spotlight one of the five finalists.

Zachary Loeb is a senior in the Business and Finance Academy at Viera High School in Melbourne, Fla. He has a strong interest in marine biology, green chemistry and finding solutions to prevent and eliminate chemical pollutants/contaminants that endanger the life in our lakes and waterways. For the past five years, Zachary has conducted research on endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC’s) and their effects on aquatic life. He was privileged to conduct his research at the Orange County Utilities Laboratory this year.

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