All of these pictures were taken using a microscope camera in Dr. Dare's Lab at Orlando Science Center. They are from a drop of pond water taken from Lake Estelle located next door. Take a look through our photo reel to see some awesome microscopic creatures!
The creature boxed in yellow is an example of an ostracod and is commonly known as a Seed Shrimp. Its body is protected by 2 half shells which meet at a hinge toward the top of its body. We found a mosquito in the 2nd stage of its life; eventually it will change and enter pupa stage of its development where it will then transform into an adult mosquito.
The nauphilus copepod has small antennae on its head that are used for swimming. The nauphilus stage is the first stage of development for crustaceans. What do you think it will look like when it grows up? We also found some nematodes, also known as roundworms. To-date over 28,000 different kinds of nematodes have been identified but scientist estimated there could be over 1 million different species.
The video features an ostracod that is first seen searching for food. Unexpectedly an adult copepod enters the frame and the ostracod appears to maneuver plants & algae around its self. See for yourself! Is it trying to hide?
Fun is Par for the Course When You Drive for Science!
The Orlando Science Center recently held its annual Cosmic Golf Challenge at the Grand Cypress Golf Club on Thursday, March 28. Sponsored by Bright House Networks and Cisco Systems, the event hosted nearly 200 golfers who putted for progress with proceeds supporting Orlando Science Center and its educational programs.
NASA scientists have broken the record for the smallest planet beyond our solar system! The newly-found planet, Kepler 37b, is rocky and only slightly larger than our moon at a mere 3865 kilometers in diameter. It is hellishly hot—it’s so close to its host star that it has a 13-day orbit. This planet may be tiny, but it’s making a big splash in the realms of science!
Kepler 37b’s host star, Kepler 37, is one of about 150,000 stars being watched by the space-based Kepler Observatory every minute of every day. The mission was launched in 2009 to look for Earth-sized planets positioned in “habitable zones” where liquid water, believed to be necessary for life, can exist on their surfaces. In the beginning, the Kepler team could only find large planets similar in size to Jupiter and Neptune. However, the recent success in finding small planets like Kepler 37b is indicative of amazing technological achievements.
Orlando just got a whole lot more tech-savvy! This year, the Orlando Public Library opened their new Fab Lab, a fabrication laboratory adjoining the new Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity.
As proponents of lifelong scientific learning, the Orlando Science Center is excited to announce that along with opening labs for visual arts, film, digital media, graphic design and audio engineering, the library began offering hands-on technology workshops this month!
They brought the science; we brought the challenge!
On Saturday, March 16, Orlando Science Center held the 2013 Science Challenge! Presented by Bright House Networks, Science Challenge encourages excellence in science education and provides an intermediate event between the county science fairs and the state science fair. Participants are the first place winners in the physical science competitions in county Science Fairs in the nine surrounding counties (Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia). These middle and high school students bring their A-game as they strive to win top honors.
On Saturday, March 16, Orlando Science Center, the U.S. Department of Defense and other partners unveiled “Corrosion: The Silent Menace” during a VIP ceremony. In attendance were special guests LeVar Burton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Reading Rainbow”) and Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL).
Presented by the U.S. Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, this exhibit examines the natural phenomena that lead to corrosion and material degradation and intends to inspire the next generation of infrastructure preservationists.
The exhibit will be on display at Orlando Science Center through spring 2014.