The Orlando Science Center’s public relations efforts generate awareness for its exhibits, films, programs and events through media coverage as well as enhance its image as a community resource.
Through careful planning and good relationships with local newspapers, TV networks, websites and radio stations, the Orlando Science Center enjoys consistent coverage.
The Orlando Science Center also functions as a reliable resource for area reporters in need of quick story ideas or colorful backgrounds for live reports. Area media often interview guests and staff on issues involving science, technology and current events.
14 November 2012
Press and Media
After-School STEM Workshops Receive AT&T Contribution
Orlando Science Center Provides Title I Students with Tools for Future Success
The AT&T Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the Orlando Science Center to support new “Destination: STEM” After-School Workshops for 50 underserved Orange County middle school students. Orlando Science Center will develop and present forty 90-minute hands-on workshops that introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines and career paths, focusing on engineering and modeling/simulation.
These fields were chosen because the Central Florida region is a hub for technology-based industries and innovation. Metro Orlando is the 26th largest metropolitan area in the United States and boasts a gross domestic product of more than $100 billion dollars.
“AT&T and the Orlando Science Center have teamed up to bring engineering and simulation activities as well as career options in science and engineering fields to middle schoolers,” said JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of the Orlando Science Center. “Learning about STEM and the opportunities that exist will not only help today’s youth, but also our country’s future.”
28 August 2012
Press and Media
Discover What Goes Up Doesn’t Always Come Down
Film Premieres Saturday, September 8 During Cocktails & Cosmos Event
Screening Daily in the Dr. Phillips CineDome Beginning Monday, September 10
ORLANDO, FL (August 28, 2012) - With media headlines repeatedly warning us of debris falling from the skies, orbital debris – or “space junk” – has finally risen to the forefront of social consciousness. But what is space junk, how did it get there and just how serious is the problem?
On Saturday, September 8, discover the answers to these questions when Space Junk premieres in the Dr. Phillips CineDome at the Orlando Science Center. Its premiere marks the return of Cocktails and Cosmos, the Science Center’s social event where it opens its doors to an adults-only crowd for a night of entertainment and discovery. Following premiere screenings that evening, Space Junk will become part of the daily schedule in the Dr. Phillips CineDome on September 10. It will be screening at the Science Center through February 2013.
Narrated by Academy Award® Nominee Tom Wilkinson, Space Junk is he first movie to explore the exponentially expanding ring of debris that threatens the safety of our planet’s orbits. Harnessing the magical imagery of the giant screen, director Melissa Butts takes us soaring – from the stunning depths of Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits, 22,000 miles above earth.
20 August 2012
Press and Media
Enjoy All The Orlando Science Center Has To Offer For Only $5 Thanks To The Walmart Foundation
Sunday, August 26 – 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. (August 13, 2012) – The Orlando Science Center, in partnership with the Walmart Foundation, has announced the next Walmart $5 Day will be August 26. On that day, guests can enjoy exhibits, giant screen films and live programs for the significantly discounted price of $5. General admission fees are usually $17 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-11). For many, this event presents the opportunity to experience the Science Center for the first time.
“Walmart is dedicated to giving back to the communities where our employees and customers work and play, said Steven Daniel, Walmart Market Manager for Central Florida. “Walmart $5 Day is special to us because it provides families a very fun and engaging activity while, at the same time, encourages learning and discovery.”
Enjoy all the Science Center has to offer including live swamp critters in NatureWorks, dinosaur fossil replicas in DinoDigs and pinewood derby races in Science Park. And for the littlest learners, KidsTown enables preschool-aged children to explore their world in a town designed just for them. Hands-on interactives include an automotive garage and an orange juice processing plant that invites the joyful, creative play that is so important to the cognitive development of young children. And open all day is Dr. Dare’s Lab; become a scientist for the day and perform hands-on experiments under the guidance of a trained instructor.
26 July 2012
Press and Media
Orlando Science Center Welcomes New Trustees!
Eleven New Faces Named to the Board of Trustees
ALSO: Executive Committee Reassigned
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 25, 2012) - The Orlando Science Center has announced 11 new members to its Board of Trustees for the 2012-2015 term. Those elected are as follows:
President and CEO | Engineering & Computer Simulations
Mr. Armstrong’s firm is dedicated to utilizing PC-based game technology in an advanced distributed-learning environment. A graduate of Valencia College and the University of Central Florida, he’s currently developing new learning technologies for war fighters and first responders. He was named as a 2007 and 2009 finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst and Young for the state of Florida. In 2010, he was awarded the SBA Region, State and National Small Business Person of the Year award.
President | Sara Brady Public Relations, Inc.
Ms. Brady was named one of Orlando Magazine’s Top 50 Most Powerful People in 2011 for the third year in a row. A member of the Public Relations Society of America, she handles reputation management as well as corporate and crisis communications at the firm she opened in 2010. She previously spent five years as Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations with Bright House Networks, Central Florida Division.
08 June 2012
Press and Media
Summer Nights at the Orlando Science Center!
Exhibits, Giant Screen Films, Observatory and More!
Friday and Saturday Nights – Now through August 18
BEGINNING TONIGHT - For a limited time, the Orlando Science Center will remain open late on Fridays and Saturday nights this summer. Beginning Friday, June 8, guests will have more time to explore four levels of exhibits, check out a giant screen film in the Dr. Phillips CineDome or head up to the Crosby Observatory. Now through June 28, the Science Center will be open until 9:00 p.m. with added screenings of films like Rescue and Tornado Alley. From June 29 to August 18, guests will enjoy the retro cool and audio power of laser light shows when hours are pushed until 10:00 p.m.
The Science Center’s extended hours coincide with the start of summer night sky viewing in the Crosby Observatory. Each Friday and Saturday night through August 18, visitors can witness the wonders of the night sky as they observe moons, planets and other astronomical events using our refractor telescope – one of the largest available to the public in Florida! Astronomy experts and volunteers will be on hand to make sure you get the best view possible. And on the observation desk, check out an unobstructed view of the beautiful downtown Orlando skyline. Whether you are gazing through the giant refractor or one of the smaller telescopes, the Crosby Observatory offers a stellar evening for amateur astronomers of all ages