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"My whole my life, I was raised in a household with a mom who always pushed me to do my absolute best. For the majority of my elder years my dad hasn’t lived with us, and my mom has reared me by herself. I have always had a dog in my house, so naturally I’m a dog lover. I have a huge heart for animals and people alike and I always find myself going out of my way to help, even if it’s something little.

I’m very frugal with money, but I love to make people smile so in-turn small bills get turned into gifts all too frequently. I’ve always been the friend in the group that keeps us smiling, and in the same sense I’ve been the friend that pushes the group to stay on the right road. I personally have seen too many good friends go down the wrong road and end up ruining their lives. On many occasions you can catch me having a talk with a buddy and hopefully guiding them in a better direction. As a kid, I’m extremely outgoing and friendly. I will always be the first one to spark conversation and I can’t stand people that are stand-offish.

On an academic and school level, I have always associated myself with honors students and student athletes. I’m in-fact a multiple sport athlete competing in golf, football, weightlifting, baseball, and basketball.  I spread myself among a lot of high school “cliques” because of how many things I participate with.  Science and science fair have always been a passion of mine. Since middle school I have been in all honors courses and multiple extracurricular activities. Starting in 5th grade I have participated and won something in both math field day and Science fair. My 8th grade year my science fair project placed 1st in the state. My freshman year I placed 2nd in the international science fair. As you can see I’m extremely dedicated and passionate in the science field.

During my junior year I started taking more dual enrollment courses and minimizing my elective classes, in order to rise in the class ranks. I’ve since moved from rank 22 to number three. I also wanted to be more active in my school so I am Class president, vice president of the law academy, marketing director of the future business leaders of America, science club president, student council member, and National Honors Society member. I am a very hard worker, and loyal person. I do everything in my ability to live up to and exceed my own and my mentor’s expectations."

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Plus Special Earth Day Activities

We would like to send a special thank you out to the Walmart Foundation for continuing to support our community! Check out pictures from our Walmart Foundation $5 Day and Earth Day Celebration!

With all the fun and savings its no wonder the Walmart sponsored $5 day is a sensation. With a partner so supportive of science learning for life, we are happy to have them as a partner for such a successful event.

Please stay connected to our website and Facebook page for announcements about more Walmart $5 Days.


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Kristen Clayton is a 15-year-old budding scientist at Viera High School in Brevard County. Her inspiration for research comes from her daily drive to school, where she sees first-hand the adverse effects of algae spilling out the parameters of the narrow canals that surround her. These images drove her to create an environmentally friendly solution to excessive algae growth. She discovered the usage of Lemna minor, a rapidly growing aquatic plant, in the removal of nitrogen and phosphate from the water to be used as ethanol fuel.

Her research project determines the ideal amount of nutrients needed for Lemna minor to both relieve the waterways as well as produce an efficient future fuel source. In the future, she hopes to further the study by testing Lemna minor’s ability to transfer its stored energy to an ethanol/gasoline run device. When she’s not in her lab coat Kristen finds joy in ballet dancing, reading, sketching, painting, volunteering and exploring the wonders of nature.

This weekend, Kristen and four other finalists from area high schools will compete for the coveted “Ying Prize” during the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition at the Orlando Science Center. The Grand Prize winner receives a $5000 scholarship and an award of $1000 for the student’s science teacher or mentor and another $1,000 for the winner’s school.  To compete in the Ying competition, each entrant must perform a research project that has the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity.

On Friday, April 29, Kristen and her fellow finalists will tour the Minute Maid Laboratories in Apopka and then see the UCF Nanotechnology Department. On Saturday, April 30, they will defend their research before the judges’ panel at the Orlando Science Center and then get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. On Sunday, May 1, the event will culminate in an announcement of the Grand Prize winners on Sunday at an awards luncheon at Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney.

Kristen Clayton


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Try this simple Earth Day craft. This uses simple ingredients and comes out great. This is a great way to start talking to your kids about the importance of sustainability and “Going Green”. Never too early to start recycling!

 

Materials

  • Coffee filter
  • Blue and green washable markers (we used crayola brand)
  • Squirt bottle or small glass of water
  • Black construction paper
  • Glue
  • Optional: white paint, old toothbrush and popsicle stick

Note: You can complete this project using food coloring instead of washable markers. However - I find this option to be very messy so would not do it with young children (if they get food coloring on their clothing you won't be able to get it out). I would only use this option with children over age 10, and even then would want a good amount of supervision and old clothes to be worn.

 

Instructions

  1. Flatten out a coffee filter on a plate.
  2. Scribble the filter with blue and green washable markers.
  3. Use a squirt bottle to spray the coffee filter 2 or 3 times.
  4. Squirt right in the center of the filter and then sit and watch the water wick the colors over the filter (this takes 4 or 5 minutes)
  5. Let dry (this takes about 1/2 an hour, but will take longer if the filter has been soaked by an over-zealous crafter!)
  6. Optional: Splatter paint a piece of black construction paper:
  7. Cover your work area with newspaper
  8. Dip a toothbrush into white paint and tap it off to get rid of the excess.
  9. Hold it over the black paper and lightly rub the edge of the popsicle stick against the toothbrush to splatter dots of white paint onto the paper.
  10. Repeat until your black paper looks like a star filled universe.
  11. Set aside to dry
  12. Glue your earth to a piece of black construction paper (or to a splatter painted piece of black construction paper.

 

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Discovery channel put together a series called Prehistoric. It is a graphics intensive series that takes you on a backwards timeline to see the dinosaurs that lived, fought and died in your backyard hundreds, thousands, even millions of years ago. The focus of this series is to show the amazing extinct creatures that once called our cities home.

While many people know that ferocious dinosaurs and large mammals once roamed America, very few realize that these creatures stalked the exact sites where we've built our major cities and most famous landmarks. We are literally walking in the footsteps of these extinct animals every day, without even realizing it.

Here's a link to Prehistoric New York to get you started!


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Cork is a naturally sustainable product and can only add to the quality of the wine. Cork is both biodegradable and recyclable. The production of cork is different than most harvesting products. In order to harvest cork, the cutting down of trees is not necessary. “Unlike its synthetic counterparts, cork is an inherently sustainable resource, both renewable and biodegradable. The cork oak tree (Quercus suber) is unique in that its thick bark can be stripped off every decade to extract the cork without damaging the trees, which can live 170 to 250 years on average.” (100percentcork.org)

Most winemakers would agree that cork can add to the quality of the wine better than any type of closure. In the Wine Business Monthly 2009 Closure Report, wineries rated closures by perceived consumer acceptance. Natural cork received the highest marks. A more direct study of consumer perception was conducted by the Oregon State University Food Innovation Center. It found that consumers perceived wine finished with cork to have higher quality and price than the same wine finished in alternative closures. (100percentcork.org).

You can learn about all things wine at our first annual Science of Wine event.  If you’re planning a trip to the Science Center before the event, you can guess the amount of corks displayed in the lobby to receive various prizes. Good luck and happy guessing!


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Presenting 12th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition

Celebrating the Exemplary Achievements of Local Science Students
April 29 - May 1, 2011

ORLANDO, FL - (April 18, 2011) - Since 1999, Dr. Nelson Ying, local scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, has partnered with the Orlando Science Center to celebrate the exemplary achievements of local science students. From April 29- May 1, five finalists from area high schools will compete for the coveted “Ying Prize” during the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. The Grand Prize winner also receives a $5000 scholarship and an award of $1000 for the student’s science teacher or mentor and another $1,000 for the winner’s school.

To compete in the Ying competition, each entrant must perform a research project that has the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity.  Previous entries have investigated treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, faster delivery of mechanisms for medicine, and solutions for beach erosion, just to name a few. Projects reports are submitted and reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges, including current and retired engineers, scientists, educators and Dr. Ying himself.

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