Orlando Science Center has developed exhibits that embody the essence of many STEM-related careers.

Several of our exhibits including Engineer It, the Pinewood Derby, Wind Tubes and the Gravitron allow visitors to use the engineering design cycle to ask a question, imagine a solution, plan it, create it and improve it. This challenge-based approach helps to build strong problem solving skills that will assist students across multiple subject areas.

Some of the careers highlighted in our exhibits and programming include meteorology, paleontology, mechanical engineering and geology. The process that many of the careers use to create and innovate is the engineering design cycle.

 

Design Cycle

There is just not enough time in the school day to engage students in hands-on STEM activities, let alone inspire them to pursue a STEM-related career.

Don't miss our three-part series of STEM-focused articles:


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On Tuesday, August 6, Orlando Science Center welcomed Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, director of the Museum of Science, Boston. Dr. Miaoulis is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) advocate and has testified on the importance of K-12 engineering education in 2009 before the U.S. House of Representatives Research & Science Education Subcommittee and in 2010 before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Dr. Miaoulis spoke about STEM education and how the current school curriculum focuses very little on how our human-made world is made. He also discussed major initiatives to promote technological literacy to children in front of an audience of elected officials, educators and community influencers.




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Orlando is getting ready to host its first Maker Faire!  Here is some information shamelessly pulled from their web site.

"Orlando Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring DIY science and technology, rockets, robots, crafts, and music. The event will be held on May 26th, 2012 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.

With over 28 thousand square feet of air conditioned exhibits plus a Power Racing Track, Orlando Mini Maker Faire will be one of the largest community organized “Mini” Maker Faire events in 2012.

Maker Faire is the World’s Largest DIY festival—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers."

Here's a look at a Maker Faire that took place a couple of years ago:

 


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Dr. Ioannis N. Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston visited the Orlando Science Center this week to speak to a select crowd of educators, community leaders, science center staff and trustees. and other VIP's about his efforts to impact Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in America.

When Dr. Miaoulis first arrived in the U.S. from Greece, he was surprised at the level of confusion from American students about what Engineering actually is. He saw the term engineering used in many contexts from train drivers, to anything that needs fixing, even as a label on janitorial closets.

He noticed that the science taught in our schools was primarily focused on natural science, ignoring the aspects of our world that is human made. He felt that the US had reached a point where there was great attention paid to how many legs grasshoppers have rather than explaining how the items like buildings, cars and roads came to be.

The answer to this query became his life calling and Dr. Miaoulis began to lead the charge in Massachusetts to introduce engineering into the school curriculum and ultimately impact STEM focus on national educational standards.

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