Exhibits

 

Orlando Science Center's exhibit halls feature a vast array of exciting interactive experiences! Learning has never been so fun with these hands on educational exhibits. From down to earth explorations in natural science to the high-tech world of simulation technology, everywhere you look, you'll find educational and entertaining opportunities to explore, experiment, and discover.

 

Traveling Exhibits

The Orlando Science Center is home to some of the most exciting traveling exhibits in the country. When these exhibits are in town they are only here for a limited time, so don’t miss the opportunity to see them!

 

Exhibit Halls

As great as our traveling exhibits are, there are some exhibits that are the staple of the Orlando Science Center. NatureWorks will have you up close and personal with some of nature’s most fascinating reptiles. At DinoDigs, you’ll step back into the prehistoric age. Discover the dynamic forces and systems that shape our Earth, as well as other planets in Our Planet, Our Universe. Explore such concepts as electricity and magnetism, lasers, soundwaves, and nature’s forces in Science Park. No visit to the Science Center is complete without a trip to KidsTown, an interactive world dedicated to our smaller explorers.

 

Science Live! Programs

What’s the difference between a great visit to a Science Center and a memorable visit? Live programs. Our exhibits are designed to inspire curiosity and exploration, our Science Live! programs are designed to bring the exhibits to life. Whether it’s a show in the Digital Adventure Theater or a one-to-one interaction with a volunteer at the Crosby Observatory, our live programs create the kind of impact that can last a lifetime.

 

Science Stations

Looking for little more “hard science” in your next Science Center visit? Look no further than the Science Stations located throughout the facility. Science Stations are a cross between exhibits and live programs in that they’re exhibits that typically include a live program to truly bring the experience to life. Science Stations provide an in-depth look at their respective subject matter in an entertaining way. Be sure to check your program schedule to see which Science Stations are conducting demonstrations on the day of your next visit.

 

Crosby Observatory

The aluminum-domed Crosby Observatory atop Orlando Science Center houses Florida's largest publicly accessible refractor telescope. This one-of-a-kind custom-built telescope, along with several smaller scopes, are available at selected times for solar and night sky viewing.

 

The Florida Dairy Farmers have sponsored a new display in our KidsTown area, which provides fascinating facts on how milk moooves from the farm to our fridge. Check out the giant interactive milk glass just inside KidsTown.

Answer questions correctly about milk's journey from cow to cup and watch the giant drinking straw at the top of the display fill up with white liquid. But watch out - a wrong answer drains the milk from the straw. While kids enjoy the tasty trivia, parents can relax and learn about Florida's dairy industry from an engaging video presentation (available in both English and Spanish).

The new milk display is located in the former home of the Super Service Center, but don't despair car lovers...we're just giving the beloved display a complete overhaul. It will be back soon, and better than ever, in its new home inside the All Aboard exhibit on Level 2.

 


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Needless to say, there's been a lot of news coverage regarding the earthquake in Haiti and your kids might be wondering what happened. We found this description on a web site called weatherwizkids.com.  It's run by a meterologist at an Indianapolis TV station, Crystal Wicker. It's designed for kids and is a great way to explain earthquakes to your little ones.

"There are about 20 plates along the surface of the earth that move continuously and slowly past each other. When the plates squeeze or stretch, huge rocks form at their edges and the rocks shift with great force, causing an earthquake. Think of it this way: Imagine holding a pencil horizontally. If you were to apply a force to both ends of the pencil by pushing down on them, you would see the pencil bend. After enough force was applied, the pencil would break in the middle, releasing the stress you have put on it. The Earth's crust acts in the same way. As the plates move they put forces on themselves and each other. When the force is large enough, the crust is forced to break. When the break occurs, the stress is released as energy which moves through the Earth in the form of waves, which we feel and call an earthquake."

For more on this, visit the website at weatherwizkids.com.



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(Originally posted May 3, 2009) - It's the most dramatic change in DinoDigs history! Moving a 14,000 pound predator is harder than it sounds - taking hours of meticulous labor by three dedicated individuals to achieve, but the king is back on his throne! So why the change?

In recent months, you may have noticed several changes to our dinosaur exhibit. You can delight your little paleontologists with new programming options like DinoSafari—our roving exhibit tour, fresh interactive experiences like the life-sized Velociraptor puzzle and the dinosaur song station, and even new case displays of local prehistory, with help from our friends from Florida Fossil Hunters.

But the most dramatic change in DinoDigs history occurred during the last week of February, as we redesigned the floor layout and brought Stan the T. rex front and center in the middle of DinoDigs. And he is an awe-inspiring sight!

Stan_and_Jrex

 

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It is no secret around here (at least with the staff) that I am a big fan of turtles. I do not have the nickname of  “Turtle Tim” for nothing! For this reason I am excited about the event that took place on Tuesday, December 29, 2009. Filmmakers from the non-profit Equinox Documentaries, Inc. were in the NatureWorks “Cypress swamp” to shoot underwater footage of our native Florida turtles as part of a short documentary about a “turtle tagging” program on the Wekiva River system.

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Next time you visit NatureWorks be sure to grab one of our new Exhibit Experience Guides. These guides are full of fun facts and questions to make you think about the animals and habitats that you see. As always, if you have any questions about what is in the guide, feel free to ask a NatureWorks staff or volunteer...we are always happy to share our knowledge with you!

On the back of the guide you will see an activity that you can do at home, the Backyard Trackyard. This activity involves capturing animal tracks in your own backyard. After you have your tracks, visit the websites below to help you identify them.

bear-tracker.com
www.archbold-station.org/discoveringflscrub/unit1/partb.html
http://enature.com/zipguides/customguide.asp?guidetype=tracks


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