The Orlando Science Center’s public relations efforts generate awareness for its exhibits, films, programs and events through media coverage as well as enhance its image as a community resource.

Through careful planning and good relationships with local newspapers, TV networks, websites and radio stations, the Orlando Science Center enjoys consistent coverage.

The Orlando Science Center also functions as a reliable resource for area reporters in need of quick story ideas or colorful backgrounds for live reports. Area media often interview guests and staff on issues involving science, technology and current events.

 

Do-It-Yourself TV Project Takes Home Ying Prize

Brevard County’s Sarah Van Sickle Wins Orlando Science Center Competition For Fractal Antenna That Receives TV Signals Anywhere

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 29, 2013)—Sarah Van Sickle, a senior from Brevard County’s Satellite High School, took home the top prize in the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition, an annual event hosted by the Orlando Science Center. Van Sickle won a trophy, a $5,000 cash scholarship plus $1,000 awards for her science teacher and her school. In addition, Seminole County’s Nirva Vassa and Polk County’s Divya Ravinder were given $1,000 fellowships.

Since 1999, philanthropist, scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Nelson Ying has worked with Orlando Science Center to encourage the outstanding scientific accomplishments of our community’s teens. Projects submitted are required to have the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity. Van Sickle’s winning research was the continuation of a multi-year effort that created an antenna the average person could build to receive free TV signals. Last year, she won second prize in this competition for an earlier phase of this research.

Her efforts improved on the design of the antenna, which is based on fractal geometry and receives both UHF and VHF frequencies for less money than the cost of a commercial device. Since broadcast television is an important communications tool, this research could enable everyone to have access to multiple over-the-air transmissions at a fraction of the cost. This research would be especially valuable for those living in remote areas, Third World countries or people in post-disaster areas where cable or satellite transmissions are inaccessible.

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Exhibit Unlocks the Mysteries of Degradation for the Next Generation

Special Guests LeVar Burton and Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) to Attend Grand Opening

ORLANDO, Fla. (Mar. 11, 2013)—Orlando Science Center has teamed up with multiple industry partners to create “Corrosion: The Silent Menace,” an interactive exhibit experience. Presented by the U.S. Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, this exhibit examines the natural phenomena that lead to corrosion and material degradation and intends to inspire the next generation of infrastructure preservationists. Featuring computerized simulation games designed for middle and high school students, "Corrosion: The Silent Menace," opens on Saturday, March 16 at Orlando Science Center.

The VIP grand opening will include remarks and appearances by: JoAnn Newman, president and CEO of Orlando Science Center; LeVar Burton (“Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), corrosion spokesman for the DoD since 2009; Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL); representatives from NASA, NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings; and corrosion engineer majors and representatives from The University of Akron.

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Orlando Science Center and Orlando Mini Maker Faire Announce Partnership

The Science Center will host the second annual event celebrating innovation, inventions and DIY fun
Saturday, October 5, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 26, 2013)—Orlando Science Center has partnered with Orlando Mini Maker Faire and will host the second annual event on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Event schedule and ticket prices will be announced at a later date.

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Science Stars Shine at Orlando Science Center

Presenting the 15th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Celebrating the Exemplary Achievements of Local Science Students
Friday, April 26–Sunday, April 28

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 23, 2013)—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 26–28, 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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Orlando Science Center and National Geographic Partner on New Digital Theater

Premieres Meerkats 3D On Saturday, March 2

ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2013)—The Orlando Science Center will partner with National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) to rebrand their newly-renovated Digital Adventure Theater as the “Digital Adventure Theater, Presented by National Geographic.” The partnership will launch on Saturday, March 2 with the premiere of “Meerkats 3D.” With this branding partnership, the Science Center will gain special access to one of the world’s largest giant-screen film libraries that includes award-winning films in 2D and 3D digital formats.

As part of the partnership, National Geographic Cinema Ventures will produce or release two new titles each year, allowing the Science Center a first look at films in development and the opportunity to be among the first to release them. The Orlando Science Center will become a premiere location for NGCV films with exclusivity in Central Florida. NGCV will also provide marketing support to the theater.

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