A STEM-based education is critical to enhance the career potential of our children, which will result in a considerable economic impact to the Central Florida area. But the need for STEM education — and the sheer number of opportunities to make a positive impact on students — makes it obvious that Orlando Science Center needs the support of community partners. Fortunately, there are many organizations in our community that recognize the need to further STEM and have committed considerable resources to support the effort.

There are many ways that an organization can partner with us and help advance STEM learning. Some organizations choose to be directly involved in education programs both here at the Science Center and through our outreach in schools. You can find these organizations, and how they support our mission, on the Education Partners page of this site.

Others have become involved in OTRONICON, our premier annual event that showcases simulation and gaming, and demonstrates the importance of STEM in these fields. You can learn about these organizations under Otronicon Partners.

Still, other organizations choose to support the wide range of programs that are directly related to our mission, and you can learn about these organizations by visiting the Mission Partners page.


STEM Day at the Florida Capitol was a huge success!

On March 5, 2014, Orlando Science Center and partners including Lockheed Martin, Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Museum of Science and Industry (Tampa), STEM Sim Ex, FIRST and Team Orlando converged in Tallahassee to facilitate discussion with state legislators; engage them in active participation of hands-on STEM activities; and promote the value of science centers and strategic partnerships as a tool to inspire and encourage our youth to pursue STEM careers.

Collaboration between science centers, schools and industry are vital to filling the STEM pipeline with a comprehensive approach from cradle to career.

Among the legislators pictured are Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Rep. Jason T. Brodeur, Rep. David Santiago and Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda.

Photo Credit: Roberto Gonzalez

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Industry faces many challenges and opportunities associated with employing the workforce of the future. The acronym that has educators, businesses and politicians abuzz, STEM is considered the cornerstone of our nation’s prosperity.

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Local Students and Schools to Benefit from Free Field Trips to Learn about Energy

ORLANDO (May 4, 2012) – The Progress Energy Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to the Orlando Science Center to allow 2,500 fourth grade students to participate in “Get Energized” field trips free of charge. The program, now in its second year, is designed to excite students in Progress Energy’s service territory about energy, alternative energy and energy efficiency.

“The Orlando Science Center and Progress Energy have shared a longtime partnership in serving our community,” said Science Center President JoAnn Newman. “Thanks to their support, the Science Center will be able to expand on the learning that takes place in the classroom in a very dynamic way. Together, we can achieve the mutual goal of exciting young people through hands-on engagement in STEM subjects.”

Field trips will include a tour through the Science Park exhibit hall, participation in the “High Voltage” live show and a giant screen film in the Dr. Phillips CineDome. The Science Center will recruit schools from Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Polk and Volusia counties. Preference will be given to schools in underserved communities. The program will start again with field trips in the next academic year and run throughout the fall semester.


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