Science Station

Scheduled Times on Level 4

Create your own discovery at Dr. Dare’s Lab where we have hundreds of experiments that cover all types of sciences! Discover on our advanced equipment the properties of light, the serge of electricity and many diverse chemical reactions! At Dr. Dare’s Lab you can even draw out your own DNA!

The labs are held in the afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays and are great for all ages! The possibilities are endless as you play scientist in this innovative lab, and perform hands-on experiments under the guidance of a trained instructor (check daily schedule for availability).

 

In the 1950's Stanley Miller was experimenting with what might have caused inorganic compounds to tease themselves together into the amino acids and proteins needed to spark life on a new and uninhabited Earth billions of years ago.

Miller created samples of ‘primordial soup’ and tested them for the ingredients needed to create small, uncomplicated, single-celled organisms. Some of his samples got shelved as unproductive - these are the samples being revisited in this study. And it turns out Miller accomplished a lot more than he thought.

More details at: www.sciencedaily.com.

Stephanie is a Science Interpreter at the Science Center and often is found in DinoDigs or Careers for Life. Paleontology, Anthropology and Anatomy are her passion and jumps at every opportunity to talk about it. Stop in and say Hello!


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Through generous funding from the Universal Foundation, the Orlando Science Center has been able to create new programming designed to highlight the importance of water conservation and environmental stewardship. The Big Drip, the first of the three programs funded by the Universal Foundation, premiered on January 22 in Dr. Dare's Laboratory.

Guests began the workshop by competing in a water trivia game using Qwizdom paddles. Next, guests examined the effects of pollution by using simulated contaminants to make a mess. Finally, guests were challenged to create their own water filters using everyday materials to see how clean they could get the water.

Check out our website for a schedule of events to see the next time you can experience The Big Drip and other new programs!


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The periodic table contains the 118 unique elements that are currently known to exist on the planet. You can find it proudly displayed in most high school chemistry classes and it is a tool that teachers encourage their students to use on tests. In his book, The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean examines each individual element that makes up the periodic table by revealing their unique stories and origins. Here are just a few elements that are pretty awesome:

  • Hydrogen (H) is one of the main elements that make up stars (and because it is highly reactive, we use it in balloons for KaBoom shows).
  • “Self-sterilizing” Copper (Cu) tubing is used in air-conditioning ducts because copper will disrupt the metabolism of certain bacteria and fungi.
  • Gallium (Ga) has a melting point of 84°F, which makes it one of the few metals that can melt in the palm of one’s hand. A popular practical joke among scientists was to take a Gallium spoon and give it to a colleague with a hot cup of tea, only to have it disappear.

Visit this link for additional information about The Disappearing Spoon.

If you love chemistry and want to experience some hands-on experiments, stop by Dr. Dare’s Laboratory on your next visit to the science center.


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We're serious about our Science, but that doesn't mean we can't have a few laughs, too! On May 2nd, crowds were treated to three Standing-Room-Only performances by Willie the Clown AKA The Science Magician! Our happy harlequin host presented several magic tricks, including several that still have us scratching our heads!  But best of all, in true Science Center fashion, there was something to learn, too.   

Willie's Clues about Refraction opened guests eyes to a glass-shattering illusion, while Willie's Clues about Pressure made for a fun and confounding round of "Three Card Monte!"   

In a related note, nuclear physicist and OSC Volunteer Bill Kahn has performed his unique brand of theatrical Clownology for years, delighting audiences at various shelters, hospitals, and assisted living facilities. Mr. Kahn, who represents Willie in all of his business dealings and recommendations for pizza toppings, has hinted that in the very near future, the lovable Science Magician may pop up again!

 


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