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By: Liz Rosenberg

This book is great for your child to give dad for father’s day! It’s a perfect blend of tender and funny. Tobias’s father is a lot like other fathers - he likes corny jokes, and doing magic tricks, and works really hard at the office. But there the resemblance ends. He has teeth as sharp as steak knives, is forty feet high, and weighs as much as a locomotive. He is, in fact, a tyrannosaurus.

Come check out our DinoDigs exhibit where you can uncover fossils in the dig pit with dad!

Tyrannosaurus Dad

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Dads Get Free Admission on Father’s Day to Orlando Science Center

Sunday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Photo courtesy of Michael Van Gelder.

Who: Dads rock! So, this Father’s Day, the Orlando Science Center is offering a full day of rockin’ fun for all fathers. On Sunday, June 19, Dads can explore the new exhibit, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World and everything else the Orlando Science Center has to offer for free.

What: GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World features entertaining, and educational displays specific to the guitar, including historical artifacts, models, posters, video screens, interactives, and kiosks. Dads can check out ancient stringed instruments like the Persian Tanbur, the Indian Sitar and the Chinese Pipa. See dozens of iconic guitars from industry giants like Gibson, Fender and Rickenbacker, including some famous pieces played by Johnny Winter, Vic Flick, Adrian Belew, Steve Vai and Joe Bonamassa. There are also interactive kiosks exploring the science of sound at work within the guitar and a display featuring the world’s largest playable electric guitar, measuring 43.5 feet long and 16 feet wide.


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As Father's Day approaches - and with it, long green days outdoors - here's a “card” that your child can make to last for years and years. Using a few simple materials from your local craft store, you can create an artistic garden stepping stone that shows your appreciation for Dad.



What You Need:

  1. 1 5-lb. bag of dry cement, available in craft or hardware stores
  2. 1 cement mold (you can find plastic ones in many shapes at a craft store, or just use a sturdy corrugated cardboard base from a large pizza box, reinforced at the seams with a little duct tape!)
  3. Wooden paint stick for stirring
  4. Plastic bucket
  5. Chopstick or bamboo skewer for marking words in concrete
  6. Broken tile and/or round colored glass pieces (available at craft stores or, if you ask, at hardware or tile stores)


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This book is a delight - it is a great book for emergent readers, but it is more fun to read out loud. When Bridget the alligator arrives in the mail, she's only the size of a keychain! But after Zack soaks her in water, she grows into a real live alligator. When Bridget dries out she shrinks back down to her keychain size.

This book will take your child on a terrific ride to where only imagination can go. This is a book for beginning readers. Check out our NatureWorks exhibit to see a real live alligator feeding and check the Science Live schedule to visit us for story time in KidsTown!


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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.


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Planes are built to endure the most extreme weather conditions including lightening strikes.

Let us dispel the myth that if your plane gets struck by lightning it could spell disaster. This is not true. In fact, a plane getting struck by lightning is a common occurrence in aviation and has little effect on the flight. As far as anyone knows, the odds are that each airliner in the USA will be hit by lightning roughly once a year.

Because most airplanes are made of aluminum, a good natural conductor of electricity, lightening is able to flow along the airplanes outer skin and back into the atmosphere. This coupled with the fact that, all airplanes are required to have a built-in system ensuring that a spark will not ignite fuel or fuel vapor in tanks or fuel lines, makes airplanes adapt well to lightning strikes. During a 1980s lightning research project, NASA flew an F-106B jet into 1,400 thunderstorms and lightning hit it at least 700 times, without any cause for concern. Still, this led to requirements to have built-in lightning protection for electronics as an extra precaution.

Although lightning striking an airplane may seem extreme and potentially disastrous, it really is quite an uneventful phenomena in the aviation community. Planes are designed with many extra precautions to prevent lightening from ruining your travel experience. Rest assured, next time you fly through a lightning storm, just remember, you are flying high and dry through some of the safest front-row seats to one of nature’s most fearsome phenomena.


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Mini isn’t just for i-Pods anymore. Mason Peck, a Cornell University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering led the production of three 1-inch square satellites that flew with the Endeavour space shuttle in May. The small satellites, called Sprites, have a big task of measuring conditions in space and collecting information on chemistry, radiation and particle impacts. Since they’re the size of a postage stamp, it will be easy for Sprites to drift with space particles and settle on the International Space Station for a few years.  Large satellites can cost millions of dollars, which is why scientists are trying to downsize the technology. They hope the Sprites will open doors to future small-sized exploration for communication and further data collecting abilities in space.  This is one small piece of technology for "one giant leap for mankind."


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