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Needless to say, there's been a lot of news coverage regarding the earthquake in Haiti and your kids might be wondering what happened. We found this description on a web site called weatherwizkids.com.  It's run by a meterologist at an Indianapolis TV station, Crystal Wicker. It's designed for kids and is a great way to explain earthquakes to your little ones.

"There are about 20 plates along the surface of the earth that move continuously and slowly past each other. When the plates squeeze or stretch, huge rocks form at their edges and the rocks shift with great force, causing an earthquake. Think of it this way: Imagine holding a pencil horizontally. If you were to apply a force to both ends of the pencil by pushing down on them, you would see the pencil bend. After enough force was applied, the pencil would break in the middle, releasing the stress you have put on it. The Earth's crust acts in the same way. As the plates move they put forces on themselves and each other. When the force is large enough, the crust is forced to break. When the break occurs, the stress is released as energy which moves through the Earth in the form of waves, which we feel and call an earthquake."

For more on this, visit the website at weatherwizkids.com.



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Science Center Getting Full Replacement of A/C System By Spring 2010

Get ready to chill out because the Orlando Science Center is in the process of fully replacing our air conditioning system. As you may know, we have had our share of challenges over the years with the old system. We are grateful to the support of many friends and partners who have helped make this replacement possible, especially the City of Orlando, Orange County, the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Council and Irvine Mechanical.

This new system will be completed and installed by Spring 2010 - just in time for summer. It will be more energy efficient and is the first step in our journey to becoming a "green" building. Other initiatives will include retrofitting the interior lighting, implementing a recycling program and installing solar panels on our roof (thanks to Orlando Utilities Commission, the Darden Restaurants Foundation/Darden Environmental Trust and Azur Solar).

These modifications will make the Science Center a working example of "green" technology in our community. Our operations will become a living exhibit that will help educate visitors about the real world applications and benefits of renewable energy and energy conservation. We'll be updating you frequently on this website as we make progress with the "Green Building Project" so please visit often for news. In the meantime, please know that the Science Center is working hard to be the "coolest" place in town...in more ways than one.

 


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It is no secret around here (at least with the staff) that I am a big fan of turtles. I do not have the nickname of  “Turtle Tim” for nothing! For this reason I am excited about the event that took place on Tuesday, December 29, 2009. Filmmakers from the non-profit Equinox Documentaries, Inc. were in the NatureWorks “Cypress swamp” to shoot underwater footage of our native Florida turtles as part of a short documentary about a “turtle tagging” program on the Wekiva River system.

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Next time you visit NatureWorks be sure to grab one of our new Exhibit Experience Guides. These guides are full of fun facts and questions to make you think about the animals and habitats that you see. As always, if you have any questions about what is in the guide, feel free to ask a NatureWorks staff or volunteer...we are always happy to share our knowledge with you!

On the back of the guide you will see an activity that you can do at home, the Backyard Trackyard. This activity involves capturing animal tracks in your own backyard. After you have your tracks, visit the websites below to help you identify them.

bear-tracker.com
www.archbold-station.org/discoveringflscrub/unit1/partb.html
http://enature.com/zipguides/customguide.asp?guidetype=tracks


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Orlando Science Center Awards Good Grades in Science and Math

Grade A Day - Sunday, November 22

 

Kids with A’s in Science and Math Get Free Admission with Paying Adult

WHAT: Your child puts in a great deal of hard work to excel academically so as a reward, the Orlando Science Center is offering them a chance to discover and play for free.

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High school student Jacob Larsen is creating a scaled model of the solar system that stretches across the country, and today Venus was installed at the Science Center.

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The Florida Academy of Sciences represents all branches and levels of science in Florida and advocates for and supports scientific development in the state and in the education of its citizens.

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