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Thousands Pack Science Center for Walmart $5 Day - Experience Mission: Nutrition 5, Bob the Builder™ and More!

Thanks to Walmart’s generous support, more than 3,800 guests to the Science Center on February 12 enjoyed 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). For many, this event presents the opportunity to experience the Science Center for the first time.

On February 12, guests participated in the fifth annual Mission Nutrition featuring displays and demonstrations on medical technology, nutrition and fitness. Several chefs were on hand to host cooking demonstrations for healthy eating. Returning this year was the Physical Challenge Arena with activities like Wii Sports active video games and hula hooping. The Darden Adventure Theater was transformed into a surgical amphitheater where a heart surgeon dissected a cow’s heart to explain how it works.

During this day of reduced admission, guests also explored the new exhibit, Bob the Builder™ – Project: Build It. Based on the characters featured in HIT Entertainment’s top-rated television series, this exhibit explores the themes of construction and teamwork and encourages children to “build” their knowledge through hands-on activities, discovery-based learning and play.

“Walmart $5 Day is an incredible partnership that helps the Orlando Science Center to introduce itself to new audiences and also reconnect with those who haven’t visited in a while,” said Science Center President JoAnn Newman. “We really enjoy the energy of these events as we engage our guests in hands-on discovery. The Science Center provides a wonderful opportunity for families to connect with one another as they explore science concepts.”

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Recently, a team from Universal Orlando Resort donated their time and talent to help us renovate the Orange Grove in KidsTown.  Here are some photos from their time here.  Some of the work they did included:

  • Repainting the scenery
  • Fixing the mechanics of the grove
  • Changed the bike with a John Deere tractor

To our friends from Universal and everyone that contributed to the 5 for the Grove campaign, we can't thank you enough!

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The first video ever taken of the far side of the Moon was recorded by the twin GRAIL Probes, Ebb and Flow, and released on February 1, 2012. The GRAIL probes were launched aboard the Delta II rocket on September 10, 2011 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The only people to have seen the far side of the Moon have been the astronauts of the Apollo missions and robotic spacecraft. Why do we never see the other side of the Moon? The Moon is tidally locked with the earth; therefore the same side of the Moon always faces the earth.

The twin GRAIL probes are on a mission lead by Maria Zuber, the principal investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The purpose of the mission is to further explore the Moon’s gravity fields.

“My resolution of the new year is to unlock lunar mysteries and understand how the Moon, Earth and other rocky planets evolved,” Zuber said.  Part of her resolution came true when Ebb (GRAIL-A), reached the moon’s orbit December 31, 2011 and Flow (GRAIL-B) reached it on January 1, 2012. “Now, with GRAIL-A successfully placed in orbit around the Moon, we are one step closer to achieving that goal,” Zuber said.

Zuber has been working to create a program geared toward school children in the fifth to eight grade. The GRAIL probes are equipped with a MoonKAM, Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students, a program designed to spark children’s interest in space and science in hopes some becoming scientists and engineers. The students will be able to direct the MoonKAM to take pictures of specific areas of the Moon. The image will then be sent directly back to each classroom giving students the great opportunity to study craters, highlands and future landing sites.

Teachers: if you are interested in signing up your class for the MoonKAM program, please visit www.Moonkam.ucsd.edu/register.

Here's a video from the mission...

Embedded video from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology

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Central Florida Families can enjoy Science Center, Mission Nutrition 5,
Bob the Builder™ – Project: Build It! and more for just $5 per person

Sunday, February 12, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ORLANDO, FL - (February 6, 2012) - The Orlando Science Center, in partnership with the Walmart Foundation, has announced the next “Walmart $5 Day” will be Sunday, February 12. Thanks to Walmart’s generous support, all guests to the Science Center on February 12 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).

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. This year marks the third year for this partnership between the Science Center and the Walmart Foundation.


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Explore Health and Wellness During Heart Awareness Month

Sunday, February 12, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ORLANDO, FLFebruary 2, 2012 – During the 5h annual Mission: Nutrition, guests will experience demonstrations and displays showcasing medical technology, nutrition and fitness and how they impact heart health.

During the event, guests can also interact with SimMan – a state-of-the-art patient simulator. SimMan represents the breakthrough technology being used to train today’s medical professionals. SimMan talks, functions and reacts like a real patient. SimMan is made possible through the generous support of Workforce Central Florida. Also, representatives from Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. and FLAME, the Art of Cooking, will be on hand demonstrating heart-healthy food preparation.

Florida Hospital for Children will transform the Darden Adventure Theater into a surgical amphitheater, featuring a heart surgeon performing a beef heart dissection. This live demonstration will vividly explain to guests how the heart works. Back by popular demand, the Physical Challenge Arena will be open for competitors at Mission: Nutrition. Sponsored by the President’s Challenge and the Amateur Athletic Union, participants will find activities for all ages plus information on health, nutrition and ways to stay active.


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Here's a new video of the Neanderthal Ball.  Thanks to our friends at Starwood Vacation Ownership for producing the video!  For information on next year's events, please contact Kathy Lopus at 407.514.2233 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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The seventh annual Otronicon is winding down! We’ve assembled some of the best photos from the event, including looks at flight simulators in Military Tech sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the da Vinci Surgical Robot in Medical Sim City sponsored by Florida Hospital for Children and virtual reality courtesy of the Virtusphere.

If you weren’t able to join us for Otronicon, there’s always next year! Keep it on Otronicon.org for the latest news and updates. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/otronicon and follow us on Twitter @otronicon.

Photos courtesy of Micheal van Gelder, RF Photography, and Jeff Stanford.

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