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Guitarist Plays Tomorrow - Saturday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Orlando Science Center’s Guitar Exhibit

Plus A Cappella Versions of Holiday Favorites with the Orange Blossom Chorus - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Science Center Cafe

WHAT: Arte Tedesco has performed extensively around the county with gigs in Pittsburgh, New York, Los Angeles and Orlando, including an appearance with Clarence Clemons from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. He has been delivering energetic and soulful performances for more than four decades and he brings his emotionally charged voice and “machine gun” acoustic style to the Orlando Science Center.

WHERE: GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World exhibit, Level 2 - Orlando Science Center, 777 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803

WHEN: Saturday, December 17, 2011 – performances at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

ALSO: Enjoy a cappella renditions of yuletide favorites when the Orange Blossom Chorus performs in the Science Center’s café on Level 1 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. You can find more info on them at www.orlandobarbershopchorus.org.

GUITAR: This exhibit provides a journey through the history and evolution of the guitar with displays of guitars plus activities that examine the science of sound.

COST: Both Arte Tedesco’s appearance and the Orange Blossom Chorus are included in general admission to the Orlando Science Center. General admission is $17 for adults, $12 for youth ages 3 to 11. General admission also includes access to the Guitar exhibit as well as all four floors of interactive exhibits, giant screen films, and live science demonstrations.

DOWNLOAD FREE TUNES: Download songs from Arte's last two albums FREE! Go to www.ArteTedesco.com, and click on the CD Baby icon! 19 Songs!

INFO: Please call 407-514-2000 or visit www.osc.org

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Recently, the Science Center welcomed Dr. Jim Bell of Arizona State University. Dr. Bell is a key contributor on the Mars Rover projects, including the most recent project - Curiosity. In this video, Dr. Bell discusses what it's like to work on these projects.

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It’s Time to Explore Orlando By Night at the Science Center

First and Third Saturday Evenings of the Month, beginning December 3
Crosby Observatory and Planetarium Shows Available until February 18

Orlando, FLDecember 2, 2011 – The silver-domed Crosby Observatory atop the Orlando Science Center opened for seasonal sky-watching last month and continues every first and third Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. until Saturday, February 18. In addition, a planetarium show has now been added to the schedule so guests will explore the galaxy and then check out their place in the universe through one of the state’s largest refractor telescopes.

Peer through the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope to view visible moons and planets and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and more. Astronomy experts and volunteers will be on hand to make sure you get the best view possible. The observatory will be accessible from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the following Saturday evenings: December 3 and 17, January 7 and 21, February 4 and 18. Visitors can witness the wonders of the night sky as they observe moons, planets and other astronomical events.


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It’s called the AcceleDent System and as an FDA-cleared innovation, this new technology has been tested and proven to reduce the time it takes to get that Hollywood look. With the help of traditional braces that positions teeth by applying force to the teeth; adding 20 minutes of this will speed up the movement of the teeth.

Through a clinical trial conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio the results of the additional vibration to encourage teeth movement resulted in acceleration by 106% during the initial alignment phase and as time progress it continued to show between a 38-50% increases in acceleration.

For those who do have braces, it would be an added benefit to reduce the time of having to re-tighten the braces.Not much is known of the price or even if insurance will accept the new product, so the financial benefits are yet to be seen.


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Have you ever heard of Dr. Linda Webster? We hadn't either, but it turns out, she's the newest addition to the DinoDigs team. Dr. Webster is actually a fictional character who is adding a new take on the exhibit signs in DinoDigs. Recently, each sign panel was taken out and replaced by  Dr. Webster's field journals, notes and memos.

The signs give guests a new way of looking at the exhibits and include interesting facts about each dinosaurs such as where they lived and what they ate. More importantly, they provide an opportunity for critical thinking, asking guests questions that require them to use the knowledge they gained to form their own hypotheses.

According to Kim Hunter, Senior Director of Exhibit Development here at the Science Center, the new signs help play an important role in the visitor experience. "The new interpretations in DinoDigs allow guests to pretend they are an actual paleontologist," Kim noted. "Along with some interesting information about each dinosaur, you can see what the field of paleontology is like and the processes these professionals use through the eyes of a fictitious scientist."

So, the next time you're in DinoDigs, make sure you meet Dr. Webster. You'll be glad you did!


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Whether we are singing “Old MacDonald”, or even “happy birthday”, we all partake in singing early on in our lives. Singing with your children can not only be a fun experience for the family, but also an educational opportunity for your child. Shown in a recent study by the University of California, it was found that out of the young 2nd graders who were given singing lessons, 27% scored higher on the various tests than those who did not receive lessons. As their brains develop, the use of singing allows more parts of the brain to function while continuing to grow.

Where there is singing, most likely instruments will follow. Your toddler will be having so much fun singing and banging on the drums that they won’t even notice they are multitasking. This is a great way to strengthen physical abilities. The singing and clapping will get them to dance, therefore building endurance.

One last important benefit to touch on is expression of emotions. When they are happy they will sing their hearts out, and pass the joy to the onlookers. Even when they have rainy days, it can be beneficial to pep them up with an encouraging and uplifting melody. And to think, some of these songs will stay with them forever. I learned a song about Alfred the Alligator seven years ago, I still sing about him today.


Image Courtesy of Valdosta State University

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Planetary Scientist Shares photos and behind-the-scenes info about the mars rovers

Saturday, November 26, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHO: Planetary Scientist and member of the Mars Exploration Rover team, Dr. Jim Bell visits the Orlando Science Center to present Postcards from Mars: Using Rovers to Explore the Mysteries of the Red Planet. He’ll be presenting his findings on the dynamic globe projection system in the Science Center’s  Science on a Sphere exhibit.

WHAT: As a member of the Mars Exploration Rover team, Dr. Bell serves as the lead scientist in charge of the Panoramic camera (Pancam) color stereoscopic imaging system on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. Bell is also a member of the camera team for the Curiosity rover, which is NASA's next Mars mission scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral next week on November 25. He is also a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and an adjunct professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.




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