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.

 

Did you know there are ways to conserve water and save money?  One way is through the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label.  The WaterSense can be found on high-efficiency products, homes and programs. They provide water efficient options that give you the same performance and quality you've come to expect, but with the added benefit of water savings.

For example, did you know that standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm)? Showerheads that earn the WaterSense label must demonstrate that they use no more than 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense label also ensures that these products provide a satisfactory shower that is equal to or better than conventional showerheads on the market.  To ensure this, the EPA worked with a variety of stakeholders—including consumers who tested various showerheads—to develop criteria for water coverage and spray intensity. Independent laboratories test showerheads for these attributes before certifying them to earn the WaterSense label.

According to the EPA’s web site, the average household could save more than 2,300 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, households will also save energy. In fact, a household could save 300 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power its television use for about a year. If every household in the United States installed WaterSense labeled showerheads, we could save more than $1.5 billion in water utility bills and more than 250 billion gallons of water annually, which could supply more than 2.5 million U.S. homes with their water needs for a year. In addition, we could avoid about $2.5 billion in energy costs for heating water.

At a time when energy consumption and independence is such a critical issue on so many levels, this small change clearly makes a big difference!

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Here in Florida, water conservation means so much more than watering your lawn less, or taking shorter showers.  Because so many of us live near coast lines, water conservation also means taking care of the natural treasures we’re lucky enough to enjoy every day.  To issues that face Floridians are littering and ocean dumping.

We’ve all seen it.  You spend a day at the beach, expecting to enjoy nature at its finest.  When you arrive though, the picture is often different.  Trash and litter from the visitors before you are carelessly discarded.  For us, it’s an eyesore.  For the wildlife we share these oceans with though, it’s a different story.

Marine animals sometimes mistake debris for food and swallow it or become caught in it and die.  Debris and trash can be carried downstream in rivers endangering all aquatic life on its way to the sea where it will drift through the ocean currents for years and years.  Plastic floating in the ocean can resemble jellyfish.  Many leatherback turtles die from ingesting plastic bags which they mistake for their favorite food, jellyfish.  As a result, the leatherback is listed on the U.S. Endangered Species List as endangered worldwide.

Of the approximately 7 billion tons of litter that enters the world's oceans each year, about 60 percent is of a plastic composition including bags, bottles, synthetic ropes and fishing nets, and more.  These items can last for 10-20 years before finally decomposing.  It is estimated that 1 million seabirds and 100,000 other marine animals, including endangered species, die as a result of having swallowed plastic litter or been caught in it.

In addition to trash, the oceans and waterways that surround us also become at risk due to pollution.  Two thirds of the major cities in the world are situated along coasts, and millions of people vacation at shorelines.  Pollution from developed areas drains into the ocean killing marine life, threatens human health, causes toxic algae blooms, and forces beach closures.  Human pollution is destroying coral reefs and coastal habitat which are vital for breeding, food and shelter for marine species.  Vast amounts of pollution are draining into our ocean waters daily from human-related activities.  Ocean currents can carry pollutants far from the source of entry, and species consume and absorb them.  Pollutants have caused major declines in species, and are threatening the planet's ecological stability; and therefore, our life support system.

Needless to say, pollution of any kind does great damage to our environment.  When it comes to conserving our oceans and waterways though, Floridians have an added responsibility.  It’s a small price to pay for living in such a beautiful state.

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Conserving our natural resources should be a top priority for everyone, but due to social and economic pressures, it’s a lot easier said than done. Among those concerns is preserving our land.

It may not get more important than saving our planet’s rainforests, namely the Amazon, which is severely threatened by deforestation.

How does deforestation of the Amazon rainforest affect me in Orlando or in any other part of the world you may ask?

For starters, the Amazon is so large, that the atmosphere of our planet would be turned upside down without it. Its absorption of carbon dioxide and release of oxygen is the largest factor in preventing global warming. With more than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen produced by the rainforest, the effect would be felt by everyone on earth.

As if that wasn’t enough, scientists estimate deforestation is to blame for the loss of 137 plant, animal and insect species every day and 50,000 species a year. With their extinction, we lose the potential for cures of life-threatening diseases.

As of today, more than 100 prescription drugs sold around the world come from plant-derived sources. And the biggest eye opener? Twenty-five percent of Western pharmaceuticals originate from the rainforest, while less one percent of its tropical trees and plants have even been tested by scientists.

Of the 3,000 plants that are active against cancer cells, 70 percent are found in the Amazon; a quarter of the active ingredients in modern cancer-fighting drugs derive from organisms found only in the rainforest.

In fact, periwinkle, a rainforest plant from which we get vincristine, is one of the most powerful anticancer drugs in the world. Thanks to it, we have increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia since its discovery.

And for the food lovers, more than four-fifths of developing countries’ diet can be sourced to the rainforest. From it, we’ve received fruits such as avocados, oranges and bananas and vegetables like corn, potatoes and rice. And don’t forget chocolate!

While 2011 showed the slowest deforestation rate since records started being kept, it’s dependent upon mankind to preserve what nature intended to last forever.

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The Sierra Club works to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. It is the largest, most influential grassroots environmental organization with over 1.4 million members across America. The goals set forth by the club are to have safe and healthy communities to live in, implement smart energy systems to battle global warming, and to create a lasting legacy for the wild places that still remain in the United States.

The Mission of the Sierra Club is, “to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”

The Central Florida chapter of the Sierra Club consists of 2,100 members in the four surrounding counties. Monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at Leu Gardens where a guest speaker is featured or an education session is presented. The topics discussed at the meetings are centered on Florida’s distinctive ecology. The Central Florida chapter also partakes in weekly outdoor adventures including hiking, bicycling, kayaking, camping, backpacking, and conservation oriented walks into natural areas that still remain around the area.

If you would like to join The Sierra Club, click here.

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Some time ago, Orlando Science Center and a team from UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) created a video game called Energize!

Energize! challenges the player to provide electricity to their growing community while keeping emissions minimized. The game, made possible by a grant from the Progress Energy Foundation and with additional support from the Turner Foundation, is now a featured component of the Science Center’s H2Now exhibit, which explores hydrogen power and alternative energy solutions.

During the game, players have five energy producers to choose from: fossil fuel, wind, solar, biomass, and nuclear.  Each form has tradeoffs. The player learns that it takes a combination of energy sources to achieve a balance between energy demand, economic needs and environmental concerns.

Play a few rounds of this award-winning game by visiting www.energizegame.com

In the meantime, here's a great video describing the game:


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