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Welcome to 2014! As I look ahead to the many possibilities of the new year, I'm compelled to also look back on the achievements of the previous 12 months. We have been busy at the Orlando Science Center and the past year saw some incredible milestones.

In 2013, the Science Center was visited by over 413,000 people – the greatest attendance since the grand opening of the "new" building in 1997. Membership households swelled to over 8,000 – a record for us, encompassing over 34,000 parents, grandparents and children.

I'm thrilled by these numbers, but the figures I’m most proud of are the 70,000 individuals who enjoyed free or reduced price experiences like summer camps, field trips, family science nights or exhibit visits – thanks to our generous Community Request Fund donors.

A new addition to this effort, the "Science for All" family membership was piloted in 2013 to reach out to struggling families by providing them with 12 months of engagement at the Science Center at a greatly reduced price. Thanks to a handful of dedicated corporate partners, 140 families have now joined the Science Center family and that number continues to grow.

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Live from Orlando, It’s Science Night Live!

Saturday, Feb. 22, 8:00  – 11:00 p.m.
Adults-Only Event Provides Fun and Discovery for the Inquisitive Night Owl

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2014) — Come see how grown-ups do Orlando Science Center when it’s reserved strictly for adults at Science Night Live! Guests can celebrate Thomas Edison’s birthday by interacting with the man himself and witnessing the electrifying "High Voltage" show; experience the premiere of "Flight of the Butterflies" in the Dr. Phillips CineDome; view stars and planets through the giant refractor telescope in the Crosby Observatory; conduct lab experiments in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory; delight in food and adult beverages available for purchase; and engage in science trivia to win prizes.

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Members moved and grooved thanks to Gymboree Play & Music at this past Member Monday. Parents and children worked together in this high-energy morning packed with jumping, instruments, bubbles and even a rainbow parachute!

Join us for our next Member Monday on March 10 when we celebrate the spring season with butterfly and flower activities in KidsTown.

Not a member yet? CLICK HERE to learn about other member benefits and to join.


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On Saturday, Feb. 1, Science Center members spent exclusive time in the Zoom Into Nano traveling exhibition while filling their tummies courtesy of Einstein Bros Bagels. Activities included seeing the smallest of particles under a microscope and time with a nanotechnologist from Florida Polytechnic University.


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This past weekend guests joined us for a unique talk with Sir Dr. Harold Kroto, co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry. In a special presentation about his work in the field, attendees learned all about how Sir Kroto forever changed chemistry with the discovery of buckminsterfullerene, or "buckyballs".


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Otronicon v.9 is in the can and it’s time we roll the credits on the inaugural FilmSlam! More than two dozen films were submitted in the genres of animation, gaming, science fiction, fantasy, cult and horror and screened for a live audience on the second day of Otronicon in the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers selected to showcase their film and who won awards! 

  

Judges Picks

1st: Brain Divided – Ringling College of Art and Design
2nd: Dia de los Muertos – Ringling College of Art and Design
3rd: It’s a Tie!
Runaway – Ringling College of Art and Design
Chicken or the Egg – Ringling College of Art and Design

 

Brain Divided from Cartoon Brew on Vimeo.

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Haven't seen National Geographic's "Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D" yet?

ABC’s Nightline aired a beautiful sneak peek segment including highlights from the film and an interview with director Louie Schwartzberg.

See the film with admission the next time you visit Orlando Science Center!


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