Science Station

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Create your own discovery at Dr. Dare’s Lab where we have hundreds of experiments that cover all types of sciences! Discover on our advanced equipment the properties of light, the serge of electricity and many diverse chemical reactions! At Dr. Dare’s Lab you can even draw out your own DNA!

The labs are held in the afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays and are great for all ages! The possibilities are endless as you play scientist in this innovative lab, and perform hands-on experiments under the guidance of a trained instructor (check daily schedule for availability).

 

Families got into the holiday spirit and, perhaps, a sugar rush too in the Gingerbread House Workshops at Orlando Science Center.

Parents and their children constructed houses, palaces and even castles made of gingerbread, frosting, candy canes and more in Dr. Dare's Lab. Guests also took fun in making rock candy in the shape of snowflakes and Christmas trees.


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All of these pictures were taken using a microscope camera in Dr. Dare's Lab at Orlando Science Center. They are from a drop of pond water taken from Lake Estelle located next door. Take a look through our photo reel to see some awesome microscopic creatures!

The creature boxed in yellow is an example of an ostracod and is commonly known as a Seed Shrimp. Its body is protected by 2 half shells which meet at a hinge toward the top of its body. We found a mosquito in the 2nd stage of its life; eventually it will change and enter pupa stage of its development where it will then transform into an adult mosquito.

The nauphilus copepod has small antennae on its head that are used for swimming. The nauphilus stage is the first stage of development for crustaceans. What do you think it will look like when it grows up? We also found some nematodes, also known as roundworms. To-date over 28,000 different kinds of nematodes have been identified but scientist estimated there could be over 1 million different species.

The video features an ostracod that is first seen searching for food. Unexpectedly an adult copepod enters the frame and the ostracod appears to maneuver plants & algae around its self. See for yourself! Is it trying to hide?

 


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Today is Valentine’s Day, a day of conversation hearts, heart-felt cards and carnations. But have you ever stopped to consider the reasons we feel attraction and fall in love?

Although shared interests and compatible personalities may set you and a partner up for a great first date, that coveted “spark” of attraction may be a result of biochemistry. Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland believe that initial attraction comes down to pheromones.

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Do you believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Many of us have the idea that a person’s attractiveness is purely subjective or that human beauty is up for interpretation.

Believe it or not, these ideas are fairly outdated—by 2,400 years! There is actually hard science behind what we perceive as attractive.

Pythagoras was the first to consider the math behind what humans consider “beautiful.” He came up with the idea of Phi, an irrational number from which he derived the Golden Ratio. This ratio, 1:1.618, is believed to be the most aesthetically pleasing to the human eye.

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What is a Mole?

A Mole can be a small insectivorous mammal of the Talipade Family, a machine used by miners to dig tunnels, a spy, a skin blemish, and even a sauce, but the Mole we are celebrating is a number called Avogadro’s Number (Not to be confused with the Avocado).  Named after Italian Scientist Amedeo Avogadro, Avogadro’s number is the exact number of atoms found in 12 grams of Carbon 12.

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Since atoms are so very, very tiny… this number is Astronomical. In fact if you had a Mole (Avogadro’s number) of Moles (cute mammal), you would have a fuzzy ball the size of the moon.

To be precise the number is:


Avogadro’s Number

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One mole of any pure Element has a mass (in grams) equal to the atomic mass of the atom. For example, the Carbon molecule has an atomic mass of 12, therefore one mole of Carbon weighs 12 grams. In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro's Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. This relationship was first discovered by Amedeo Avogadro (1776-1858) and he received credit for this after his death.

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Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry around the world. Come visit us on Sunday, October 23 and help us Celebrate.


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