The partners listed on this page have taken an active role in supporting educational efforts at Orlando Science Center through field trips and outreach programs with area schools.
AT&T Foundation – Destination STEM Afterschool Workshops
The Science Center partners with the City of Orlando’s After-School All-Stars (ASAS) and Memorial Middle School to engage 25 of their underserved students in STEM-focused, hands-on, experiential informal science and math activities geared toward today’s technologies and tomorrow’s innovations. This unique afterschool program enables middle school students to attend 18 unique, 90 minute hands-on afterschool workshops aimed at introducing students to various STEM disciplines and career pathways, with a focus on Engineering and Modeling/Simulation. Each workshop is supported by pre and post assessment to identify learning gains and career interest.
Duke Energy Educational Partnership
The Orlando Science Center is grateful for having received major gifts from the Duke Energy Foundation and its antecedent organizations, amounting to more than $700,000. Duke Energy Foundation’s sponsorship of $75,000 is currently supporting STEM School Field Trips in counties around Central Florida. These experiences allow students the opportunity to live out many of the engineering principles, strengthening their critical thinking and analytic skills. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Progress Energy provided $50,000 each year for our Get Energized School Field Trips. In 2009, Progress Energy supported H2Now school field trips with a $50,000 sponsorship.
Florida Space Grant Consortium – OSC STEM Fieldtrip Experiences
With more than 5 years of continued support from the Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC), Orlando Science Center created a number of STEM-focused exhibit experiences that teach the engineering design cycle and develop 21st Century Skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork; skills necessary to engage students in STEM Education. Aside from the school groups that encounter these STEM exhibits throughout the academic year, summer campers (link to SUMMER CAMPS) and thousands of Science Center visitors also benefit from these rewarding STEM experiences.
JP Morgan Chase & Co. – Evans Literacy Program
Since the Fall of 2010, the Science Center has worked with Evans High School through a partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to offer the student workshops and Teacher Professional Development (TPD). In-class workshops include interactive demonstrations, experiments, and activities. By working closely with Evans teachers, the workshops are well-aligned with the classroom curriculum. TPD has been presented twice at the beginning of each semester (4 total) at Evans. In addition to the TPD at Evans, OSC will work with 7 other high schools (3 Title I and 4 Low Performing High Schools) to lay the groundwork for a district-wide TPD initiative that aligns with the district's philanthropic plan and professional develop goals. In an effort to support Evans’ “Community School” concept, the Science Center offers a "Celebrate Science" event and invites their feeder elementary and middle schools. This family-focused event encourages families to learn together and is helping to build a culture of science learning at EHS and throughout the Pine Hills community.
Since they first became a sponsor and exhibitor of Otronicon back in 2006, Lockheed Martin continues to support the Orlando Science Center in multiple ways. In addition to their sizable Otronicon presence, Lockheed is sponsoring Engineering Our Future. This program, in its pilot year with Castle Creek Elementary, brings a combination of fundamental science and math workshops to the entire second grade. They have also stepped up as a partner for STEM Day at the Capitol. This event is an effort at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee to demonstrate that collaborations between science centers, corporations and educators are key to developing a comprehensive approach to promoting STEM learning from cradle to career.
While Microsoft is a new partner of Orlando Science Center, they have nevertheless stepped up in major ways to support the mission of inspiring science learning for life. In addition to becoming a major sponsor and exhibitor at Otronicon, Microsoft’s retail arm has become very involved in the support of the Science Center overall. As part of the opening of their newest store at the Mall at Millenia, Microsoft bestowed a $300,000 grant for the acquisition of new software. In addition, the Science Center received $5,000 in Microsoft store credit that could be used toward much needed hardware.
Northrop Grumman Educational Partnership
Since 2009, the Orlando Science Center / Northrop Grumman Educational Partnership has focused on developing partner schools, provided Teacher Professional Development (TPD) opportunities to middle school teachers, worked with local community centers to train their staff and offer robotics workshops. The partnership has also engaged NG employees and their families through STEM-focused programs, supported Orlando Science Center Laser Academies during the summer; and offered “NG Science Extravaganzas” to a host of elementary schools throughout Orange County Public Schools. All of these efforts have been successfully positioned the partnership as a “STEM Resource” to the students and teachers served.
Orlando Utilities Commission AWESOME Project
Beginning in 2009, the AWESOME Project has allowed the Science Center to reach nearly 34,000 students. The OUC AWESOME. Project is facilitated through a Classroom Workshop supported by the Orlando Science Center Offsite Programs (link to OFFSITE PROGRAMS), built to engage every 5th grade student in OUC’s service area. The curriculum addresses the academic rigor and desired student learning outcomes of each classroom served, encouraging them to take part in the STEM workforce of tomorrow. This 90-minute inquiry-based instruction focuses on two areas: Renewable Energies and Water Conservation. Students are immersed in real-world environmental problems that demand the innovative efforts involved in each of the aforementioned areas, helping to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Siemens Energy Corporation and the United Negro College Fund
Orlando Science Center in partnership with the Siemens Energy Corporation and the United Negro College Fund are proud to provide Destination: STEM to under-served middle school students throughout Orlando. These workshops were developed by the Orlando Science Center to educate, inspire and excite students about STEM disciplines and the exciting and diverse world of STEM careers. Throughout the summer and academic year of 2014-2015, these workshops will engage students in a variety of STEM topics while showcasing career pathways. Through hands-on activities and experiences, each series of workshops will focus on areas such as optics and lasers, aerospace engineering, modeling and simulation, and more. Destination STEM is also being made available to area schools through a partnership with the City of Orlando’s Afterschool All Stars program
Walmart Foundation Grow Healthy Initiative
Through the Walmart State Giving program, the Science Center developed the “Grow Healthy” initiative, which has reached more than 1,500 youth since its inception back in 2011. “Grow Healthy” consists of in-classroom workshops for middle school students and afterschool workshops for high school students. To strengthen students’ knowledge of health, nutrition and fitness, the Science Center provides several hands-on activities, including animal heart dissections, diabetes awareness and a food label challenge. Students are informed about healthy food choices and lifestyles, and their relevance to diabetes and cardiovascular complications. In an effort to engage the community at-large in the initiative, Orlando Science Center presented a host of activities at the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival. The activities were housed in the festival’s “Health Village” and reached over 46,000 total attendees.