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.
02 June 2011
Press and Media
Rock Legend Roger McGuinn Set to Speak, Guitarists Larry Coryell and Vic Flick Also in Attendance
Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World Has World Premiere in Orlando on June 11
ORLANDO, FL – June 2, 2011 – The Orlando Science Center hosts legendary guitarist Roger McGuinn on Friday, June 10 for a unique evening celebrating more than 50 years of music history. This special event is a part of the celebration for the world premiere of Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked World. He will be joined by members of the National Guitar Museum, including acclaimed musicians Larry Coryell and Vic Flick, who will honor McGuinn for his unforgettable contributions to the music industry.
The evening event begins with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. McGuinn takes the stage at 8 p.m. providing guests with a rare opportunity to get an insider’s view of some of the most significant moments in rock and folk music. McGuinn, Grammy Winner and Co-Founder of The Byrds, will share how he got his start as a songwriter in the legendary Brill Building, describe the moment he decided to “put a Beatle beat to folk music” and what inspired him to invent the HD-7, a guitar with a second G-string. Following his presentation, he will be receive a lifetime achievement award by Harvey Newquist, executive director of the National Guitar Museum. Newquist will be joined by special guests Larry Coryell and Vic Flick.
04 May 2011
Press and Media
Come See What Makes You Uniquely You
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ORLANDO, FL - May 3, 2011 - Discover the surprising similarities in our human blueprints during a day of DNA at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, May 7! Thanks to the support of the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Orlando Science Center presents its first ever Annual DNA Day Celebration! Learn all about this amazing molecule during this day-long event featuring activities, speakers, tours and presentations that explore DNA through four basic ideas: health, research, everyday life, and careers.
See your own genetic blueprint and add your own imprint to the Orlando Science Center’s real-time, growing virtual helix. Witness genetic science unwrap a 3000 year old forensic case in Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs on the giant screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome. Tour the exhibition of DNArt where several staff members have poured their blood, sweat and cheek swabs into these personal portraits. Also, check out DNA art from local VIPs, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Plus, create genetic jewelry, including bracelets and pendants representing your own DNA.
29 April 2011
Press and Media
Academy Award®-winning team brings younger audience into the fold
Premieres Saturday, May 14, 2011
Orlando, FL - April 27, 2011 - Animalopolis, the first film for giant screen theaters to include children as young as three-years-old in the target audience, is coming to the Orlando Science Center on May 14, 2011 for screenings in the Dr. Phillips CineDome throughout the summer. Directed by award-winning Tim Huntley, and produced by Graphic Films’ Paul Novros, Animalopolis breaks new ground as a giant screen documentary balancing the cinematic interests of the entire family.
The film takes a lighthearted and imaginary look at a variety of animals including cheetahs that race like a Ferrari, bears that run their own fishing school, an operatic lion, scary crabs that hold a town hostage and even attempt to cuddle with children, and much more. It will provide audiences with a journey of smiles and chuckles. Whether going nose to nose with hippos as they graze upon nature's massive salad bar, or eye to eye with dancing bears, sea lions turning somersaults, or an otter that prays, audiences are reminded that nature provides us with humor and wonder, everywhere.
22 February 2011
Press and Media
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to the Orlando Science Center for a Science Literacy Program at Evans High School. The program will provide Teacher Professional Development (TPD) to science teachers in order to increase inquiry skills and content knowledge, model creative techniques and offer strategies for encouraging problem-solving and critical thinking to the students of Evans High School.
“Partnerships like this one can be a tremendous support to our schools by enhancing their resources and providing science education in a way that really connects with students,” said Science Center President JoAnn Newman. “Chase’s support is enabling the Science Center to do what we do best and helping us to reach the kids that need us most. It really is a win-win for everyone.”
Along with these tools for the teachers; students will be provided with hands-on classroom activities relatable to "real world" science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) applications. It is the hope of the Science Center to increase the number of students who choose to do science-based activities outside the classroom.
14 February 2011
Press and Media
Central Florida Families Can Enjoy the Science Center, Mission Nutrition 4, Curious George and More for Just $5/Person
Saturday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
ORLANDO, FL - (February 14, 2011) - The Orlando Science Center, in partnership with the Walmart Foundation, has announced the next “Walmart $5 Day” will be Saturday, February 19. Thanks to Walmart’s generous support, all guests to the Science Center on February 19 will enjoy exhibits, 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).
This year marks the second year for this partnership between the Science Center and the Walmart Foundation. Walmart $5 Day provides admission to all the Science Center’s exhibits, films and programs, including a special day of activities and displays on health and wellness. For many, this event presents the opportunity to experience the Science Center for the first time. Walmart Market Manager for Central Florida Steven Daniel said, “These are the types of community programs we are proud to sponsor for our Central Florida neighbors.”