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31st Annual Cosmic Golf Challenge to Benefit Orlando Science Center

Thursday, March 13, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 11, 2014) — Orlando Science Center is proud to announce its annual Cosmic Golf Challenge at the OMNI Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate on Thursday, March 13. Sponsored by Bright House Networks, the event returns for its 31st year with proceeds supporting Orlando Science Center and its educational programs.

During the Cosmic Golf Challenge, corporate teams and individual players will come together to swing for science over 18 holes of four-person scramble tournament play. Players will enjoy lunch, dinner, an awards ceremony, prize drawings and more. Many sponsor-level opportunities are also available from hole sponsorships to food-and-beverage sponsorships to help raise funds for the event.


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Orlando Science Center participated in the 11th Annual Dark Sky Festival in Harmony, Fla. on February 28 and March 1. The Dark Sky Festival at Harmony invites the community to share their love for astronomy and stress the importance of protecting dark skies.

Science Center staff showcased experiments and demonstrations using liquid nitrogen, heat and light throughout the night. They also brought along the "Digital Planet" device — a miniature version of the Science on a Sphere — and science interpreters performed the "Kaboom" show in front of a live audience earlier on in the evening.

Photo Credit: Michael King

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Whirl a cup of water over your head without getting wet:

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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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Walmart’s motto is “save money; live better,” and they made that possible on Sunday, March 2 for Walmart $5 Day! Hundreds upon hundreds of families were able to experience the Science Center at a significant discount of $5 per person thanks to the Walmart Foundation.

Children and adults alike benefited from the savings and enjoyed a day of discovery and wonder that they may not otherwise had the chance to. For many, it was their first time at the Science Center and may have been the launch pad for a child’s newfound interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

We thank the Walmart Foundation and Walmart volunteers for their support!

Photo Credit: Phelan Ebenhack

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Learn about how we’re impacted by air pressure:

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On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Orlando Science Center and partners will take to the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education and how strategic partnerships can build the pipeline for tomorrow's technology workers today.

Joining Orlando Science Center is Lockheed Martin, Museum of Science and Industry (Tampa), Florida State University, First Robotics, STEM Sim Ex and Team Orlando. Participants will set up in the courtyard and inside the Capitol building with experiments, flight simulators and more. State legislators will be engaged in hands-on activities while discussing the importance of STEM learning in growing Florida's technological workforce.

Watch the video below to see how science centers, education and industry are crucial to building the STEM pipeline.

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