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Yves Rossy's Jetpack Flight

Check this guy out!

Yves Rossy

Yves Rossy, Swiss Pilot and Inventor, successfully tested and flew a new version of his personal Jetpack on November 5, 2010, and successfully completed two full loops. Many may think this inventor is just another extreme sports nut or perhaps a Boba Fett wanna be, but his invention has made the dream of personal aircraft transportation one step closer to reality. He uses a Hot Air Balloon to launch and a Parachute to land, but in between is all personal flight, controlled by Yves himself.

Visit the Jetman’s Website at www.jet-man.com or watch his flight video below. Very Cool!


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Think about a shallow tide pool that is subject to enormous changes in salinity, temperature, and water level. Now try to imagine the deepest, coldest, darkest part of the ocean, which is over 36,000 feet underwater. The open ocean covers nearly 70% of our entire planet, with an incredible abundance of all kinds of life.

In doing some research for an upcoming floor program on the different ocean animals and the zones of the ocean they live in, I read about an amazing program called the Census of Marine Life, which is a ten year project to try and document life in the ocean from all different locations and depths. The ultimate goal of the project was to develop a better understanding of the ocean and its inhabitants by researching the number of species, where they live, and how many live there. It is hard enough to try and keep track of a few fish in a fish tank, let alone to try and document all the species in the ocean!

If you are interested in learning more visit: www.coml.org.

Antarctic Ice Fish


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Hello everyone! Hope your week is going well. Those who have been to KidsTown this past week have seen the scaffolding that went from KidsTown floor all the way up to the fourth floor. We had a team of people using the scaffolding to place tint on all of our windows. This will help us to keep KidsTown and other places in the building cooler during the warmer parts of the year and will also help us to conserve energy.

As most of you may have experienced, this week has not been one of our warmer parts of the year, it has been quite chilly. Now is a good time to talk about what happens when things cool down or even freeze. What is the freezing point of water? How are snowflakes formed? What conditions are required to have snow fall? Why is it that we do not have usually have snow in Florida?

Here are some fun activities to do as you explore these questions: www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments/snowflake.html and www.dltk-holidays.com/winter/3dsnowflakes.htm.


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I/ITSEC - Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, held annually at the Orange County Convention Center attracts over 18,000 national and international attendees to this dynamic showcase of the latest in high tech simulation and digital media.

The Serious Games Showcase promotes innovative game-based solutions to education and training problems.  Finalists in each of the 3 categories – student, government, and business-were selected by a panel of serious game leaders from military, industry, and academia.

Energize! took top prize in the student category. The game was developed by the Orlando Science Center and by a team from the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA), which included graduate students led by instructor Ron Weaver.

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Experience Orlando By Night at the Orlando Science Center!

First & Third Saturday Evenings of Each Month Starting This Week, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Orlando, FL – November 15, 2010The silver-domed Crosby Observatory atop the Orlando Science Center houses Florida's largest refractor telescopes available to the public. From November 20, 2010 to February 19, 2011, the Crosby Observatory will be open for seasonal night sky viewing. The observatory will be accessible on the first and third Saturday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Visitors can witness the wonders of the night sky as they observe moons, planets and other astronomical special events during evening sky watches and solar observing using our telescope. Peer through the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope to view the planets, the four moons of Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and more.

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Kind words from our friends in St. Cloud.  It's always nice to hear we're making an impact!

"On behalf of the St. Cloud High School Health Science Department I want to extend our thanks for including our program in the Regional Nursing Career Pathway Initiative. Your presenters were fabulous and the curriculum exciting!"


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Here at the Science Center, we have baby alligators that are about two to three years old. In one lifetime, they’ll go through about 2,000-3,000 teeth because of the constant wear down they experience. In the wild, they eat fish, small mammals, birds, and other reptiles. We feed them a diet of chicken and reptile pellets, but we’d like to remind our guests to not feed alligators in the wild.

Naturally timid of humans, alligators begin to associate food with people once they get into the habit of being fed. It’s very dangerous and leads to an increase of alligator attacks. Visit NatureWorks to feed our gators without the worry!


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