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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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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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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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The minds of young children are more open to learning than most parents realize. As a result, the positive influence of adults can set the pace of learning for the rest of their academic and professional careers. While educators provide learning opportunities that can lead to academic success, parental involvement is critical to support further development.

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Members got messy on Monday with paints, flavored Play Doe, floam and silly spheres. The activities focused on stimulating children’s senses through touch, smell, sight and hearing. Sensory exploration encourages children to use scientific processes while they play, create, explore and investigate.

Be a part of our next Member Monday on Monday, February 10. The local Gymboree team will lead a class encouraging the development of cognitive, physical and social skills. This event is sure to keep you moving!

Not a member, but would like to be? Click here to join now!

 


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To a kid, Otronicon is a dream come true — four floors of video games, robots, virtual reality and more. While the event can be known for the fun that can be had, it’s also recognized for sparking a child’s interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of interactive technology.

The event promotes the concept of “made in Orlando, played in Orlando” with many chances to interact with the creative professionals that make popular video games and discover the growing career opportunities available locally.

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