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Orlando Science Center hosted the 17th annual Science Challenge on Saturday, March 21. Presented by Orlando Science Center and Bright House Networks, the Science Challenge encourages excellence in science education plus provides an intermediate event between the county science fairs and the state science fair. It operates under the International Science and Engineering Fair rules. Participants are the first place winners in all science categories for middle and high schools in county science fairs for the nine surrounding counties (Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia).

More than 100 competitors showcased projects and sharpened their presentation skills before a panel of judges that included current and retired engineers, educators and scientists. Competition categories included Chemistry; Computer Science; Earth and Space; Engineering; Environmental Science; Mathematics; and Physics.

The Science Center organizes this event every year to provide bright young minds with an opportunity to better prepare them for the state science fair. This event also offers the public a chance to view this area’s most innovative science projects from our community’s budding scientists. The Science Challenge takes place on multiple floors of the Science Center.

Click here or the "Read More" button below to see the list of winners.

Photo Credit: Michael van Gelder of Gelderland Productions

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Orlando Science Center celebrated Pi Day — the annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi) — with programs, activities and, you guessed it, pie!

Guests got creative with circle art and pizza pi crafts, went on a pie walk and even engaged in an ice cream-making workshop!

Pi Day is observed on March 14 every year since 3, 1 and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form and the date reads 3/14 in month/day date format. 2015 is even more significant because written in sequential time format, the date 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 follows a longer sequence of pi (3.14152653). This won’t happen again until 2115.

Special thanks to Publix and The Fresh Market for their generous donations of pie!


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At the March edition of Member Monday, member children and their families enjoyed the acoustic sounds from one half of the Sugarcrash Kids, Joshua Pearson!

Pearson and Jeremiah John Dunlap started the Sugarcrash Kids "to make the world a wee bit brighter," pleasing both young and adult ears with charming songs like "The Potty Song" and "I Got Hiccups."

Learn more at www.SugarcrashKids.com.

 
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Six Orlando leaders lead a question-and-answer panel for Orlando Science Center's inaugural class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy program. These leaders were able to impart their knowledge to entrepreneurs on the start of their journey.

Participants included JoAnn Newman, president & CEO of Orlando Science Center; Jose Fajardo, executive vice president of Orlando, Inc.; Dr. Mansooreh Mollaghasemi, chairman and CEO of Productivity Apex, Inc.; Catriona Harris, owner and co-founder of Uproar PR; Marty Rubin, CEO of Smart City; Cari Coats, executive director of the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship; Robert Finfrock, owner and president of FINFROCK Industries, Inc.; Luke Widmer, CEO of Oakstone Capital Parners; and Mark Brewer, president & CEO of the Central Florida Foundation.

YEA transforms local middle and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes. Over the course of nine months, students brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to real investors, obtain funding, register their companies with governmental agencies, and by the end, launch their own business or social movement.

Photo Credit: RF Photography


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Orlando Science Center's Curtis Kinetic Science Competition is a science competition geared toward fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders which allows students to use their creativity and science knowledge to win money for their science class or club.

The competition fosters teamwork and hands-on learning while motivating students to stretch the capacity of their imaginations by transforming ordinary and found objects into a kinetic sculpture. The Curtis Kinetic Science Competition focuses on Florida Sunshine State Standards for Science including energy, force and motion, and the nature of science.

Projects resemble those made famous by American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg. Machines are assembled using household, store-bought and disposed-of items and are designed to perform a simple task in complex fashion. By utilizing kinetic energy, a single action sets events in motion that result in a domino effect.

Photo Credit: Roberto Gonzalez Photography


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Live from Orlando, it's Science Night Live!

Science Night Live, Orlando Science Center’s adults-only event, featured world-renowned forensics experts as they demystified the forensic sciences. In addition to having access to all four floors including the observatory, guests also conducted their own crime scene investigations in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory as they took on the role of forensics expert and put together clues using techniques from various forensic science disciplines.

Join us for the next Science Night Live on Saturday, June 6, 2015!

Photo Credit: PME Photography


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At the first Young Maker Workshop of 2015 guests created their own wearable tech in the form of e-textiles!

Also known as electronic textiles, smart textiles or smart fabrics, e-textiles are fabrics that enable digital components and electronics to be embedded in them. Many intelligent clothing, smart clothing, wearable technology and wearable computing projects involve the use of e-textiles.

Using conductive string, fabric, LED lights and batteries, guests fashioned a light-up cuff bracelet to wear themselves or to give to their valentine.


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