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:
  • Field Trips
  • Off-Site Programs
  • School Break Camps
  • Summer Camps & Academy
  • Science Competitions
  • Homeschool Programs
  • Scout Programs
  • And much more

 

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

"My whole my life, I was raised in a household with a mom who always pushed me to do my absolute best. For the majority of my elder years my dad hasn’t lived with us, and my mom has reared me by herself. I have always had a dog in my house, so naturally I’m a dog lover. I have a huge heart for animals and people alike and I always find myself going out of my way to help, even if it’s something little.

I’m very frugal with money, but I love to make people smile so in-turn small bills get turned into gifts all too frequently. I’ve always been the friend in the group that keeps us smiling, and in the same sense I’ve been the friend that pushes the group to stay on the right road. I personally have seen too many good friends go down the wrong road and end up ruining their lives. On many occasions you can catch me having a talk with a buddy and hopefully guiding them in a better direction. As a kid, I’m extremely outgoing and friendly. I will always be the first one to spark conversation and I can’t stand people that are stand-offish.

On an academic and school level, I have always associated myself with honors students and student athletes. I’m in-fact a multiple sport athlete competing in golf, football, weightlifting, baseball, and basketball.  I spread myself among a lot of high school “cliques” because of how many things I participate with.  Science and science fair have always been a passion of mine. Since middle school I have been in all honors courses and multiple extracurricular activities. Starting in 5th grade I have participated and won something in both math field day and Science fair. My 8th grade year my science fair project placed 1st in the state. My freshman year I placed 2nd in the international science fair. As you can see I’m extremely dedicated and passionate in the science field.

During my junior year I started taking more dual enrollment courses and minimizing my elective classes, in order to rise in the class ranks. I’ve since moved from rank 22 to number three. I also wanted to be more active in my school so I am Class president, vice president of the law academy, marketing director of the future business leaders of America, science club president, student council member, and National Honors Society member. I am a very hard worker, and loyal person. I do everything in my ability to live up to and exceed my own and my mentor’s expectations."

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Kristen Clayton is a 15-year-old budding scientist at Viera High School in Brevard County. Her inspiration for research comes from her daily drive to school, where she sees first-hand the adverse effects of algae spilling out the parameters of the narrow canals that surround her. These images drove her to create an environmentally friendly solution to excessive algae growth. She discovered the usage of Lemna minor, a rapidly growing aquatic plant, in the removal of nitrogen and phosphate from the water to be used as ethanol fuel.

Her research project determines the ideal amount of nutrients needed for Lemna minor to both relieve the waterways as well as produce an efficient future fuel source. In the future, she hopes to further the study by testing Lemna minor’s ability to transfer its stored energy to an ethanol/gasoline run device. When she’s not in her lab coat Kristen finds joy in ballet dancing, reading, sketching, painting, volunteering and exploring the wonders of nature.

This weekend, Kristen and four other finalists from area high schools will compete for the coveted “Ying Prize” during the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition at the Orlando Science Center. The Grand Prize winner receives a $5000 scholarship and an award of $1000 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.

On Friday, April 29, Kristen and her fellow finalists will tour the Minute Maid Laboratories in Apopka and then see the UCF Nanotechnology Department. On Saturday, April 30, they will defend their research before the judges’ panel at the Orlando Science Center and then get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. On Sunday, May 1, the event will culminate in an announcement of the Grand Prize winners on Sunday at an awards luncheon at Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney.

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