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Local Community Cheers Orlando Science Center and Orlando Chamber of Commerce for its Commitment to Youth and Entrepreneurship

Program Launches this Fall at Orlando Science Center

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 11, 2014) — The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), Orlando Science Center and Orlando Inc. (Orlando Chamber of Commerce) announce plans to launch the YEA! program this fall.

YEA! is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through 12 through the process of starting and running a real business. Students work closely with local business leaders to cultivate and research business ideas, write a business plan, pitch their plan to a panel of investors (think "Shark Tank" meets "The Apprentice" meets "American Idol"), obtain funding, develop their brand, participate in a trade show at the end of the year, and actually launch their enterprise. Through the YEA! program, kids 11 to 18 years old start as students and graduate as CEOs. They learn to make a job — not just take a job.

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On July 4, our members celebrated our country's birthday at the annual 4th of July Member Celebration!

Decked in patriotic garb, members participated in activities including face painting, a patriotic light show and bubble-making on the terrace. They also made s'mores using a solar oven, launched "Alka-Seltzer rockets," and witnessed what happens when you mix Diet Coke and Mentos (hint: think the-soda-version-of-fireworks)!


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Orlando Health and Orlando City Soccer Scores a Goal for Science 

On Saturday, June 21, Orlando City Soccer Club’s Carl Woszczynski and the street team were at Orlando Science Center to “kick” in the official first day of summer with giveaways and an inflatable goal to take shots at. Orlando City presenting sponsor Orlando Health doctors were also in the building to engage with guests.

 


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On June 21 and June 22, Orlando Science Center hosted the next installment in the Young Maker Workshop series. Kids learned the basics of Arduino programming, using this open-source electronics platform to create interactive projects. By programming an Arduino to perform a number of tasks, they were able to power LED lights and servo motors.

Once a month as Maker Faire Orlando approaches, the Science Center is hosting Young Maker Workshops. The idea is to engage your little one in Maker-inspired activities with local professionals, while children and families work together to build and collaborate.

The Young Maker Workshop series will be offered at the Science Center on select weekends in Dr. Dare’s Lab. No registration is required. These workshops are included with paid admission or membership to the Science Center.


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Blow that whistle! Another Safety Week has come and gone at Orlando Science Center but not before families went home with new knowledge on how to keep each other safe.

KidsTown visitors had many opportunities to talk about what to do in case of an emergency as well as had chances to meet our local emergency service men and women. This week of safety was filled with fun activities and crafts designed to teach little ones about how to stay safe at home, outside and on-the-go!


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Members enjoyed exclusive time in ‘Curious George: Let’s Get Curious’ and got a special meet-and-greet with George himself! It was a morning of exploration and fun with coloring and make-your-own pinwheel crafts. Catch the exhibition now through end of summer.

 

Join us for the next Member Monday event on July, 14 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. where water will be the theme of the day. It will surely make a splash so come prepared to get your hands wet. 

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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Orlando Mini Maker Faire Not So Mini Anymore

Event Expands to Two Days & Attains “Featured” Maker Faire Status
Maker Faire Orlando at Orlando Science Center
September 13 – 14, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 18, 2014) — After two years being designated as a Mini Maker Faire, Orlando’s premiere event for DIY enthusiasts has received “featured” status and will now be known as “Maker Faire Orlando.” It joins the growing list of cities including Paris, Tokyo and Atlanta that host a “featured” Maker Faire. As such, the event will expand to two days, Sept. 13–14, 2014, and receive promotional support from Maker Media — the group that produces the annual flagship Maker Faires in San Francisco and New York City. Maker Faire Orlando is an ongoing collaboration between The Maker Effect Foundation and Orlando Science Center as well as members of the local maker community, most notably FamiLAB.

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