Most people look at the Science Center as a fun and educational place to go on a Saturday afternoon...

What they might not realize is that we’re also trusted partners to the school systems of the areas we serve. Our educational programs supplement traditional classroom learning with a valuable informal education and serve to build on the foundation of knowledge kids gain in school. Most importantly, they further the mission of increasing competency in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competency.


Our educational programs include:
  • Field Trips
  • Off-Site Programs
  • School Break Camps
  • Summer Camps & Academy
  • Science Competitions
  • Homeschool Programs
  • Scout Programs
  • And much more


These activities enhance classroom experience and provide students with a different way of looking at science, math and technology.

Emily Sotherland took home the grand prize from the Dr. Ying Science Competition in 2007. At the time, she was a junior at Merit Island’s Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School when she became the Ninth Annual winner of this competition at the Orlando Science Center.

Emily’s project was entitled “Modeling Artificial Surf Reefs and Their Ability to Create Surf Waves While Inhibiting Beach Erosion.” Through her research, Emily was able to show that a V-shaped artificial surf reef could inhibit beach erosion and create better waves for surfing. She won the $5,000 grand prize plus $1,000 prizes for her teacher and her school.

This was only one of the remarkable research entries recognized at a previous year’s competition. This year is sure to bring out more amazing talent from the Central Florida community. The Dr. Nelson Ying Student Science Competition will mark its 12th year in collaboration with the Orlando Science Center on April 23, 2010.



Bookmark and Share

For a second year in a row there was a three-way tie for first place at Dr. Ying’s Student Science Competition. Shiv Gaglani, a senior from Brevard County’s West Shore Junior/Senior High School, Richard Zhang, another senior at West Shore, and Daniel Brandenburg, a freshman at Cocoa High School, each were awarded $5,000 and top honors for their exemplary science talent.

Their entries inspired Dr. Nelson Ying so much that instead of splitting the prize money three ways he provided additional funds so each winner took home the same amount of prize money. Richard’s entry explored the structure of the universe, which could help validate current scientific theories as well as lead to advancements in telescopes plus provide answers to questions about the birth and eventual collapse of the universe. Daniel’s project used computer wave simulations and physical models to identify wave patterns that could be used to predict hurricanes and tsunamis.


Bookmark and Share

Orlando Science Center • 777 E. Princeton Street • Orlando, Florida 32803 • Phone: 407.514.2000 • Toll Free: 888.OSC.4FUN • Email: [email protected]
  Supported by the City of Orlando, Orange County, and United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts campaign and the State of Florida,
Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Privacy Policy