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Orlando Science Center recently received $20,000 from Walt Disney World Resort as part of the company’s 2014 Disney Grants program.

The funding will enhance mission-enabling projects including teacher professional development, classroom workshops and family engagement — each as it relates to early childhood learning — for communities in need.

Thanks, Disney!


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Drink Wine and Learn About It, Too

The Science of Wine Returns to Orlando Science Center

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 29, 2014) — One of the largest collections of wines of any Orlando event is coming to Orlando Science Center on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Science of Wine is not just another wine tasting, but an oenological odyssey with presentations on multiple aspects of wine growing and wine tasting as well as the opportunity to sample 150 fine wines from the world’s most important wine regions.

This event is a fundraiser for Orlando Science Center and is presented by Akerman for the fourth consecutive year; Southern Wine & Spirits also returns as the exclusive wine provider. Luis Torres of the Constellation Academy of Wine as well as Tim’s Wine Market are education partners, providing presentations and workshops on the Science of Wine.


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Third Time is the Charm for Local Teenage Science Wiz

Brevard County’s Zachary Loeb Wins Orlando Science Center Competition For Finding Solutions to Prevent, Eliminate Chemical Pollutants in Waterways

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 28, 2014) — Zachary Loeb, a senior from Brevard County’s Viera High School, took home the top prize in the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition, an annual event hosted by Orlando Science Center. Loeb won a trophy, a $5,000 cash scholarship plus $1,000 awards for his science teacher and his school. It was his third consecutive year competing in the contest and his first time taking the grand prize.

Since 1999, philanthropist, scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Nelson Ying has worked with Orlando Science Center to encourage the outstanding scientific accomplishments of our community’s teens. Projects submitted are required to have the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity.


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The third time was the charm for Brevard County's Zachary Loeb, a senior at Viera High School, who took home the top prize at the 16th annual Dr. Ying Science Competition. It was his third year in the contest and his first time winning the award.

He was awarded a trophy, a $5,000 cash scholarship, as well as $1,000 awards for his science teacher and school.

See photos and video from the awards ceremony held at Fulton's Crab House at Downtown Disney on Sunday, April 27.

Photo Credit: Michael van Gelder


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Storytime with Musical Twist Expert storyteller Madeline Potts joined us Monday, April 14 for an hour of interactive story time at Member Monday. With a banjo in hand, Madeline led the group in an interactive song experience where members could contribute to each of the stories. To get their creative juices going, the children made paper butterflies and colored sheets of paper to include in their springtime photo albums. 

Dinosaur Adventure

We invite you to our next Member Monday on May, 12 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. when we go back to pre-historic times and learn about dinosaurs. Discover when these creatures roamed the earth and check out fossils while participating in hands-on activities.

For more information, call 407.514.2158. Not a member yet? CLICK HERE to learn about other member benefits and to join.

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These Kids Will Change the World

Presenting the 16th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Celebrating the Exemplary Achievements of Local Science Students

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 21, 2014) — Since 1999, Dr. Nelson Ying — local scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist — has partnered with Orlando Science Center to celebrate the exemplary achievements of local science students. From April 25 – 27, five finalists from area high schools will compete for the coveted “Ying Prize” during the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. The Grand Prize winner also receives a $5,000 scholarship, a $1,000 award for the student’s science teacher or mentor and another $1,000 for the winner’s school.

To compete in the Ying Competition, each entrant must perform a research project that has the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity. Previous entries have investigated treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, faster delivery of mechanisms for medicine and solutions for beach erosion, just to name a few. Project reports are submitted and reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges including current and retired engineers, scientists, educators, and Dr. Ying, himself.


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Sam Brenner is currently a senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Seminole High School in Seminole County, is ranked in the top one percent of his class and currently holds a weighted grade point average of 4.72, having never earned less than a grade of A.

Sam has many accomplishments including first place in the Southeast U.S. for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad; Mu Alpha Theta’s competition in Florida on the history of mathematics; the Orlando Regional Science Olympiad; the U.S. for the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation BYG Challenge; and Seminole State College’s Battle of the Brains as an individual competitor.



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