Most people look at the Science Center as a fun and educational place to go on a Saturday afternoon...

What they might not realize is that we’re also trusted partners to the school systems of the areas we serve. Our educational programs supplement traditional classroom learning with a valuable informal education and serve to build on the foundation of knowledge kids gain in school. Most importantly, they further the mission of increasing competency in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competency.

 

Our educational programs include:
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  • Science Competitions
  • Homeschool Programs
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  • And much more

 

These activities enhance classroom experience and provide students with a different way of looking at science, math and technology.

High School Freshman Takes Home Top Science Prize

15 Year-Old Whiz Kid Wins 13th Annual Orlando Science Center Competition

Orlando, FL - May 1, 2011 - Kristen Clayton, a 15 year-old freshman from Brevard County’s Viera High School and a first time participant in the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition took home the top prize during the awards ceremony on Sunday, May 1. Clayton takes home a trophy, a $5,000 cash scholarship plus $1,000 awards each for her science teacher and her school. For more than a decade, Philanthropist, Scientist and Entrepreneur Dr. Nelson Ying has hosted this competition in collaboration with the Orlando Science Center to encourage the outstanding scientific accomplishments of our community’s teens.

Clayton’s research concerns a rapidly growing aquatic plant named Lemna minor and its potential for use in the production of ethanol fuel. Her work allows the plant to absorb large amount of phosphates and nitrates from the water, which helps reduce algae growth while allowing the plant to attain its maximum starch content. This result makes Lemna minor ideal feedstock for ethanol production.

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Finalist Neel Patel is an 11th grade student at Oviedo High School in Seminole County and is a member of the Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta. A science research since sixth grade, Neel is now a dual enrollment student at the University of Central Florida and has published and presented his research at various simulation and training conferences. Though he keeps busy with his studies, Neel is also an active member of his school’s varsity swimming team and water polo team and enjoys swimming and surfing. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America.

Neel’s research project for the Ying Competition focuses on how humans absorb information, specifically graphs and patterns. Over the past three years, he has worked on various studies having to do with sonification (auditory patterns). He decided to further this by concentrating on the accuracy of comprehension and the exact processes of sonification. It is his hope that from his research we will be able to better understand how to apply sonification for everyday use such as assisting the visually impaired.

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