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World Premiere Exhibit Extends Its Stay at Orlando Science Center

GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World on Display until January 2

Orlando, FLSeptember 13, 2011 – The National GUITAR Museum and the Orlando Science Center have reached an agreement to extend the stay of the world premiere exhibit GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World. The 5,000 square foot display explores the history and evolution of the guitar and shows how the instrument became the cultural symbol it is today.

Since its premiere on June 10, 2011, the exhibit has been driving strong attendance and getting raves from guests which encouraged all parties to keep it on display through the end of the year. GUITAR will wrap up its run in Orlando on January 2, 2012 and then head to the Louisville Science Center. The exhibit is part of a national tour of 15 cities in five years before it settles into its yet to be determined permanent location.

“We have been thrilled with the performance of GUITAR,” says JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of the Orlando Science Center. “Our attendance this summer was up over 20% as compared to the prior year, plus the exhibit constantly provided opportunities for events and promotions. It offers a unique combination of music and science. ”


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Nearing the 10 year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, planet Mars serves as a memorial to those lost that tragic day in 2001. Two aluminum shields were fashioned out of scraps of metal from both tower 1 and tower 2 of the World Trade Center, and attached to NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity Rovers in 2003. The shields are adorned with an American flag and are designed to protect cables on the Rover’s rock abrasion tools, also known as RAT’s.

The Rover’s new tribute tools were made by Stephen Gorevan, founder and chairman of Honeybee Robotics whose offices are actually located less than a mile away from ground zero.  “It’s gratifying knowing that a piece of the World Trade Center is up there on Mars,” says Gorevan. “That shield on Mars, to me, contrasts the destructive nature of the attackers with the ingenuity and hopeful attitude of Americans.”

Fellow Honeybee engineer Tom Myrick hand delivered the scrap pieces to a shop in Texas that had already been working on other RAT components. There, the scraps were turned into the shields that are no larger than a credit card.

The Honeybee team never intended to publicly announce the memorial when it was launched back in 2004. Gorevan stated, “It was intended to be a quiet tribute. Enough time has passed. We want the families to know”

NASA believes that even after the Rover’s stop functioning, the memorial pieces could remain in good condition for millions of years!


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Did you know that a lake right outside of Orlando holds one of the largest population of alligators in the United States? Over 10,000 alligators live in Lake Jessup, a lake that many pass over daily. At over 16,000 acres, Over 100,000 years old, Lake Jessup is home to many of Florida's most famous wildlife, but none more intriguing than the American Alligator. Although these alligators lay still and appear to be sleeping, swimming in this lake wouldn't be the best idea.

In the 1980’s, Lake Jesup it lost some of its appeal due to tremendous development in the area. However, surrounding residents came together to restore Lake Jesup back to its natural beauty. It is now a large attraction with airboat rides, hiking, and a wilderness area devoted to preserve central Florida’s ecosystem. Lake Jesup is a unique and wonderful place full of alligators, fish and all sorts of birds that add to Florida’s beauty.


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Over 5,000 Pack Science Center for Walmart $5 Day

On August 28, the Walmart Foundation sponsored a $5 admission day for the Orlando Science Center, which offered all exhibits, films and live programs to guests for the significantly discounted price of $5. More than 5,000 guests packed the Science Center to enjoy exhibits like GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World, DinoDigs, NatureWorks, and Science Park.

Guests of all ages explored the science of sound, checked out live swamp critters, unearthed prehistoric mysteries, confronted the wild winds of a hurricane and raced on one of the largest Pinewood Derby tracks you’ve ever seen. Guests also saw all the films showing that day on the giant screen of the Dr. Phillips CineDome, including the exotic landscape of Arabia or the hilarious creatures of Animalopolis. Plus, they were shocked by the electric performance of our newest live show – High Voltage.

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Sunday, August 28, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ORLANDO, FL - (August 28, 2011) – The Walmart Foundation and the Orlando Science Center will host “Walmart $5 Day” at the Orlando Science Center on Sunday, August 28. All guests will enjoy everything that the Science Center has to offer 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 provides the opportunity to experience the Science Center for the first time.

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are dedicated to making an impact in communities where our employees and customers live and work,” said Walmart Market Manager for Central Florida, Rick Tomb. “We are very proud of programs like Walmart $5 Day because we immediately see the result on the faces of the visitors to the Orlando Science Center.”


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More than 1,500 Running to Support the Orlando Science Center

August 13, 2011

Saturday, August 13 kicked off Track Shack’s annual Grand Prix series with the Celebration of Running 5K at the Orlando Science Center in Loch Haven Park. What you may not know is proceeds from this event benefit the Orlando Science Center and help us promote science education and provide engaging experiences for all ages in the community.

More than 1,500 runners and walkers enjoyed the scenic route through the lovely neighborhoods surrounding Loch Haven Park. Proceeds benefit the Orlando Science Center through the Track Shack Foundation and will be used to promote science education and provide engaging experiences for all ages in the community.

Presented by Florida Hospital and the Track Shack Foundation, the Annual Celebration of Running 5K is the launch of a month long celebration (and sale) at the Track Shack, which commemorates 33 years of business, and kicks off the famous Grand Prix series of races.

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Beat Feet to Support the Orlando Science Center

Saturday, August 13, 2011, Race Starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Science Center

WHAT: It’s a running celebration! Presented by Florida Hospital and the Track Shack Foundation, the 20th Annual Celebration of Running 5K will be held at the Orlando Science Center in Loch Haven Park on August 13, 2011.

This 20th Annual event kicks off the 34th Track Shack Running Series. This is just the first of seven premier Orlando road races and it is part of a month long celebration at the Track Shack, which commemorates the store’s more than three decades in this community. This first race of the season supports the Orlando Science Center and its mission of “inspiring science learning for life.”

Runners and Walkers of all ages and all fitness levels are invited to compete along the 3.1-mile course located throughout quaint neighborhoods on the outskirts of downtown Orlando.  Paid entrants will receive a tech T-shirt, ice-cold refreshments, Florida Hospital’s interactive health screenings and special prizes awarded to significant finishers at the end of the race.


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