10 May 2012
Posted in Our STEM Crisis
Local Students and Schools to Benefit from Free Field Trips to Learn about Energy
ORLANDO (May 4, 2012) – The Progress Energy Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to the Orlando Science Center to allow 2,500 fourth grade students to participate in “Get Energized” field trips free of charge. The program, now in its second year, is designed to excite students in Progress Energy’s service territory about energy, alternative energy and energy efficiency.
“The Orlando Science Center and Progress Energy have shared a longtime partnership in serving our community,” said Science Center President JoAnn Newman. “Thanks to their support, the Science Center will be able to expand on the learning that takes place in the classroom in a very dynamic way. Together, we can achieve the mutual goal of exciting young people through hands-on engagement in STEM subjects.”
Field trips will include a tour through the Science Park exhibit hall, participation in the “High Voltage” live show and a giant screen film in the Dr. Phillips CineDome. The Science Center will recruit schools from Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Polk and Volusia counties. Preference will be given to schools in underserved communities. The program will start again with field trips in the next academic year and run throughout the fall semester.
"Every dollar we contribute to education is an investment in the future of our state," said Vincent Dolan, president and CEO of Progress Energy Florida. "We are proud to support programs that engage and excite students about energy, alternative energy and energy efficiency. Our support of career academies will pay huge dividends when the students who benefit from these programs join the workforce and become active participants in our communities." Over the past 10 years, the Progress Energy Foundation has invested $17 million to assist education initiatives in Florida.
Located in Orlando, Fla., interactive learning and discovery await within the Science Center’s hundreds of exhibits, programs and labs, giant screen films and planetarium shows. The Science Center provides educational opportunities both within and outside its walls, including field trips, family science nights at schools and community centers, and other outreach.
The Science Center was incorporated in 1955 as the Central Florida Museum and opened in Orlando Loch Haven Park in 1960. The current facility opened in 1997 with four floors of exhibit space, an observatory, a giant screen domed theater for films and planetarium shows, a café, a store and much more.
The facility was created by traditional museum exhibit designers and fabricators, as well as those in the theme park industry. These creative professionals worked with Science Center staff to pioneer innovative exhibit environments for immersive guest experiences. Dedicated to “inspire science learning for life,” the Science Center provides fun experiential learning both within and outside the center’s walls, including field trips, school appearances, and other forms of community outreach.
Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 500 energy company with 23,000 megawatts of generation capacity and approximately $9 billion in annual revenues. Progress Energy includes two major electric utilities that serve about 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida. The company has earned the Edison Electric Institute's Edison Award, the industry's highest honor, in recognition of its operational excellence, and was the first utility to receive the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Founder's Award for customer service. The company is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future, which includes energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies, and a state-of-the-art power system. Progress Energy celebrated a century of service in 2008.
Progress Energy invests in a wide variety of local organizations and initiatives to add to the overall quality of life in the areas it serves. Grants focus on education, the environment, economic development and employee involvement. During 2011, Progress Energy invested nearly $9 million in local communities. Visit the company’s website at
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