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On March 15 and 16, Orlando Science Center hosted the first Young Maker Workshop of the year. Centered around the Raspberry Pi, kids learned about the credit card-sized single-board computer and basics of computer science.

Once a month as Orlando Mini Maker Faire approaches, the Science Center is hosting Young Maker Workshops. The idea is to engage your little one in Maker-inspired activities with local professionals, while children and families work together to build and collaborate.

The Young Maker Workshop series will be offered at the Science Center on select weekends in Dr. Dare’s Lab. No registration is required. These workshops are included with paid admission or membership to the Science Center.

Photo Credit: Michael King


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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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Every year people around the world celebrate the irrational, infinite number that is pi, and the Science Center is no different. On Pi Day, March 14 (3/14), folks here got to learn about the mathematical constant all while enjoying a nice slice of edible pie! Pi, represented by the Greek letter “π”, is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. You know what that means? Next year will be 3/14/15! We'll be sure to bring some extra dessert for the occasion.

Photo Credit: Rachael Moore


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On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Orlando Science Center hosted the 31st annual Cosmic Golf Challenge at the Championsgate Golf Club. Sponsored by Bright House Networks for more than three decades, the event raises funds for the progression of science education. At the event, corporate teams and individual players came together to swing for science over 18 holes of four-person scramble tournament play.

The fun didn’t stop after the tournament, of course. The event also included dinner and a raffle, where lucky guests won rounds of golf for four at any Walt Disney World course, passes to some of the best attractions in Orlando including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios, as well as a Golf Buddy Voice GPS watch, and much more.

Photo Credit: Gelderland Productions


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