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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.”

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What once roamed the earth more than 80 million years ago, scientists have found a new species of horned dinosaurs. Weighing in at two tons, this 20-foot-long beast is one of the oldest specimens known to date of the ceratopsid group!

A distant cousin to the triceratops, this massive dinosaur’s name Xenoceratops foremostensis means “alien-horned face.” The beastly creature has a rare pattern of horns on its head and above its brow.

The Xenoceratops is adorned with two hooks jutting from its forehead. It has two massive spikes that rest at the top of its head and a frilly shield around its neck.

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It was close to sundown and something not-so-scary was lurking in the dark. Under the roof of the Orlando Science Center, families saw spiderwebs on the walls, spiders hanging from the ceiling and candy stations around every corner. Kids screamed not with terror, but with joy for the Wall of Dare, face painting tables and the chance to get scabs and warts. Members started to freeze, as the trick-or-treaters were, for the most part, treated to fun only the Science Center could provide.

For this was Spooktacular - a night where members could enjoy science-themed Halloween activities from the safety of their favorite Science Center. Check out the photos from the ninth annual event!


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Color me fun!

The first-ever Member Monday was highlighted by the appearance of local mural artists Juli Simon and Kay Story. Juli and Kay painted a wall graphic in KidsTown and needed some help coloring it in! Thanks to the help of little artists, a meadow came to life from right inside the Orlando Science Center!

Check out these photos from the event.

Remember - Member Monday happens the second Monday of the month!

For more information on Juli Simon, visit her website at www.julisimon.com.


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The mysterious and invasive ant known as the “Rasberry crazy ant” now has a scientific name. The ant was first discovered near Houston, Texas in 2002 by a local exterminator named Tom Rasberry, who first noticed the increasing problem the ants had been causing. Individually, these little critters seem much like any other harmless species of ants, but don’t let that fool you! In groups, these ants form large colonies that congregate near outlets and wires causing important electrical equipment to fail, overheat or even short out.

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It's been a week since about 200 members enjoyed a rockin' performance from local singer and songwriter Mr. Richard. As is his custom, he provided an awesome time for the little ones as they boogied to positive and upbeat music. Watch the video below and see how much fun was had! For photos, click here.

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Imagine traveling into space 13 billion light-years away. What would you see? What great discoveries would you uncover? Just recently the Hubble Space Telescope captured the farthest view ever into the universe’s past, revealing thousands of unexplored galaxies billions of light-years away.

Over the last 10 years the Hubble Space Telescope has taken more than 2,000 images shot by several cameras leading up to one remarkable composite. The final image shows over 5,500 galaxies in just a tiny view. Wow! That’s a lot!

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