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On Thursday, April 3rd, Orlando Science Center hosted the Inspire Science Breakfast. The event is an opportunity to celebrate the Science Center's role as a vital community resource that ignites the spark for tomorrow's leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The event included several notable speakers, including Shiv Gaglani and Dr. Sandy Shugart.

Shiv Gaglani, an MD/MBA candidate at the John Hopkins School of Medicine and Harvard Business School, is passionate about medical and educational innovation, having co-founded two accelerator-backed startups; one in education called Osmosis, and the other in medicine called Smartphone Physical. Gaglani is also a three-time winner of the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition here at Orlando Science Center!

Dr. Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia Community College since January, 2000, also spoke at Inspire Science Breakfast. For more than a decade, Dr. Shugart has led the college in a process of deep change designed to put student learning first and achieve quantum improvements in completion. He is also the winner of the 2011 inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence; an award that named Valencia College the nation's top community college.

Orlando Science Center's vision is to be the community partner that fosters creativity and curiosity for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM); which stimulates the kind of innovation that transforms our economy and enhances lives. It is your continued support that allows us to make that vision a reality. Check out photos of this year's Inspire Science Breakfast below, and be sure to mark your calendar for next year!


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On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Orlando Science Center educators ventured to Castle Creek Elementary to facilitate “Engineering is Elementary” training to second grade teachers. The workshop was sponsored by Lockheed Martin and part of the "Engineering our Future" initiative.

Teachers engaged in hands-on, interactive STEM-based engineering design challenges. This particular unit, "Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills,” highlights the field of mechanical engineering and educates the understanding of air as wind to design and create wind-powered machines. Teachers used their mechanical engineering skills to design sailboats and windmills that catch the wind, and will use the knowledge gained from the workshops to better educate their students.

EiE was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston and aims to increase students' interest in and confidence about engineering. EiE's 20 units present fun, engaging engineering challenges that allow students to apply science knowledge.


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On March 5, 2014, Orlando Science Center and partners including Lockheed Martin, Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Museum of Science and Industry (Tampa), STEM Sim Ex, FIRST and Team Orlando converged in Tallahassee to facilitate discussion with state legislators; engage them in active participation of hands-on STEM activities; and promote the value of science centers and strategic partnerships as a tool to inspire and encourage our youth to pursue STEM careers.

In this video, Orlando Science Center President & CEO JoAnn Newman talks about the STEM crisis and what science centers, industry and education are doing about it; Tobi Allen, Community Relations Manager at Lockheed Martin, talks about the importance of getting kids excited about STEM careers; Science Center Educator Emily Duguid breaks down the life-size Angry Birds activity; and Rep. Charles McBurney of Jacksonville comments on the impact STEM learning can have on today's youth.

Special thanks to Dave Heller for shooting and editing this video.


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Spring has sprung at the Science Center and was well apparent at Member Monday on March 10. Members celebrated the new season by pressing real flower scraps on wax paper to create colorful stained-glass window crafts. They also learned about the evolution of butterflies and creepy crawlers in a presentation by our very own NatureWorks staff.

We invite you to learn more about the spring season in an interactive, family storytelling adventure on Monday, April 14 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Madeline Potts, longtime storyteller, is back by popular demand to take you on a musical journey all ages will enjoy. For more information, call 407.514.2158. Learn more at Madeline's website.

Also, Nemours Brightstart! will offer FREE reading readiness screenings for three, four and five-year-olds during Member Monday. Screenings typically last five to 10 minutes and are followed by a discussion about your child's results. For more information on screenings or to schedule an appointment, please contact Nemours BrightStart! at 407.650.7731.

Not a member yet? CLICK HERE to learn about other member benefits and to join.


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Chemistry
Junior Division – Nivetha Aravind, Brevard County, DeLaura Middle School
Senior Division – Nirva Vassa, Seminole County, Seminole High School

Computer Science
Junior Division – Brendan Harcourt, Brevard County, Stone Magnet Middle School
Senior Division – Owen Kelly, Volusia County, Spruce Creek High School

Earth & Space Science
Junior Division – Abbey Havel, Brevard County, DeLaura Middle School
Senior Division – Daniella Bernadel, Brevard County, Palm Bay Magnet High School

Engineering
Junior Division – Connor Bolick, Brevard County, Stone Magnet Middle School
Senior Division – Alexandria Ramsaran, Brevard County, Palm Bay Magnet High School

Environmental Science
Junior Division – Christian Robinson, South Brevard County, Herbert Hoover Middle School
Senior Division – Zachary Loeb, Brevard County, Viera High School
 
Mathematics
Junior Division – Muhammad Abdulla, Brevard County, West Shore Jr/Sr High School
Senior Division – Srimayi Tenali, Brevard County, West Shore Jr/Sr High School

Physics
Junior Division – Christopher Katz, Marion County, Home School
Senior Division – Erin Yandel, Brevard County, West Shore Jr/Sr High School

Team Projects
Junior Division – Marlee Sacks & Callie Politano, Osceola County, Neptune Middle School
Senior Division – Angel DeRose, Sabrina Mai & Milton Zhang, Seminole County, Crooms Academy of Information


Best in Fair Winner
Catherine Li, Orange County, Lake Highland Preparatory High School
Project Title: “In-Fiber Emulsification of Biodegradable Polymers for Drug Delivery”


Teacher Award
Nicole Justice – Lake Highland Preparatory High School


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On Saturday, March 15, Orlando Science Center held the 2014 Science Challenge! The Science Challenge encourages excellence in science education and provides an intermediate event between the county science fairs and the state science fair.

Participants are the first place winners in the physical science competitions in county Science Fairs in the nine surrounding counties (Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia). These middle and high school students bring their A-game as they strive to win top honors.

Once again, we extend a huge thanks to our presenter, Bright House Networks. Without your continued support, it would not be possible to celebrate this young community of scientists.

Photo Credit: Rachael Moore


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31st Annual Cosmic Golf Challenge to Benefit Orlando Science Center

Thursday, March 13, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 11, 2014) — Orlando Science Center is proud to announce its annual Cosmic Golf Challenge at the OMNI Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate on Thursday, March 13. Sponsored by Bright House Networks, the event returns for its 31st year with proceeds supporting Orlando Science Center and its educational programs.

During the Cosmic Golf Challenge, corporate teams and individual players will come together to swing for science over 18 holes of four-person scramble tournament play. Players will enjoy lunch, dinner, an awards ceremony, prize drawings and more. Many sponsor-level opportunities are also available from hole sponsorships to food-and-beverage sponsorships to help raise funds for the event.

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