One small step for man; one giant leap for science!

For the 23rd straight year, Track Shack's Celebration of Running 5K presented by Florida Hospital benefited Orlando Science Center. This year's event had the highest attendance yet and more than 2,700 runners woke up early and ran 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) to raise money for science education programs at the Science Center!

Race through the photos and remember that it's never too early to start training for next year!

Photo Credit: RF Photography


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Live from Orlando, it's Science Night Live!

Orlando Science Center kicked off the summer with an eclectic evening of fun and discovery reserved just for grown-ups during Science Night Live on Saturday, June 6. The evening boasted a live presentation by mummy expert Dr. Heather Gill-Frerking, craft beer sampling with local and national breweries, craft beer mini seminars, a Pink Floyd laser light show and more! The event was part of Orlando Science Center’s year-long 60th anniversary celebration.

Join us for the next Science Night Live on Saturday, September 19, 2015!

Photo Credit: Courtney Shapiro


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Live from Orlando, it's Science Night Live!

Science Night Live, Orlando Science Center’s adults-only event, featured world-renowned forensics experts as they demystified the forensic sciences. In addition to having access to all four floors including the observatory, guests also conducted their own crime scene investigations in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory as they took on the role of forensics expert and put together clues using techniques from various forensic science disciplines.

Join us for the next Science Night Live on Saturday, June 6, 2015!

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This is how grown-ups do Orlando Science Center when it’s reserved strictly for adults at Science Night Live!

In partnership with the Astronaut Scholarship Fund, guests were able to enjoy presentations from former NASA astronaut Robert L. Crippen and Lockheed Martin’s Jules Schneider, the project manager for NASA’s new human exploration spacecraft. In addition, visitors rocked out to the sounds of live band Beemo; experienced a laser light show in the Dr. Phillips CineDome; discovered the science of sports in “Sportsology”; viewed stars and planets from the Crosby Observatory; conducted lab experiments in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory; delighted in food and adult beverages courtesy of Vital Flair; and so much more!

Join us for the next Science Night Live February 21, 2015!

Photo Credit: Phelan Ebenhack


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Saturday & Sunday

September 12 & 13

The greatest show and tell on Earth, Maker Faire Orlando is a family-friendly celebration featuring local DIY science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, hands-on activities and more. A two-day festival where inventors, artists, scientists and tinkerers collide. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. With something for everyone, it’s one weekend you won’t want to miss. 

The first Maker Faire, organized by the editors of MAKE magazine, started in 2006 in San Mateo, California. Branching off from the flagship Faires in the Bay Area and New York City are community-driven “Mini” Maker Faires. Last year, Orlando was recognized as a “featured” Maker Faire and was expanded to a two-day extravaganza. Orlando shares this distinction with only 14 other Featured Maker Faires worldwide in cities like Tokyo, Paris, Atlanta and Rome. This year, the can’t-miss event has grown even larger and will extend from the Science Center to the Orlando Museum of Art and include food trucks! 

Reserve your Maker Faire Orlando tickets online and be entered for a chance to win a Deltamaker 3D printer package worth over $2,500.

Maker Faire Orlando 3D printer giveaway

Orlando Science Center Members enjoy free admission to Maker Faire Orlando and will receive an email from Orlando Science Center in August with instructions on how to secure their tickets. Members who obtain their free tickets online before the event will earn one entry per ticket into the drawing and will also experience reduced admission lines on the day of the event!

Click here to become a Member today!

 


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Last year you helped us reach "Featured" Maker Faire status and everyone, even the White House, has noticed how much Orlandoans love Maker Faire Orlando!

Orlando Science Center was invited to the White House to participate in a kick-off event for the National Week of Making. The event included a broad range of participants from government, industry, nonprofits, foundations, and local communities, and highlighted new steps that federal agencies and others are taking in response to President Obama’s call to action to create a "Nation of Makers."

Our own Angella van Gelder, director of special events, represented Orlando Science Center at the event as well as attended the National Maker Faire in Washington, D.C.

We were honored to represent local Makers at the White House and can't wait to show you what this year has in store: more exhibits, more crazy creations, and more Makers! Mark your calendars for Maker Faire Orlando 2015 on September 12–13.

Photo Credit: Michael van Gelder


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At the first Young Maker Workshop of 2015 guests created their own wearable tech in the form of e-textiles!

Also known as electronic textiles, smart textiles or smart fabrics, e-textiles are fabrics that enable digital components and electronics to be embedded in them. Many intelligent clothing, smart clothing, wearable technology and wearable computing projects involve the use of e-textiles.

Using conductive string, fabric, LED lights and batteries, guests fashioned a light-up cuff bracelet to wear themselves or to give to their valentine.


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Celebrating innovation, invention, and DIY, Orlando Science Center hosts the third annual Maker Faire Orlando!

This community-based learning event aims to inspire the public through do-it-yourself science, technology and art; hands-on workshops; panels; and more. The 2014 event featured more than 200 one-of-a- kind projects from local Makers.

Makers are DIY-enthusiasts who demonstrate their creativity and knowledge through personal creations. They come from all ages and backgrounds, ranging from techies to crafters to scientists to garage tinkerers. Each shares a common passion for innovation and creativity, as well as an educational spirit to inspire and encourage new Makers.

Photo Credit: Roberto Gonzalez

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Maker Faire Orlando Celebrates Innovation, Invention and DIY Spirit in Central Florida

Family-Friendly Event Is Part-Science Fair, Part-County Fair and Part-Something Entirely New

ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2014) — The ultimate form of show and tell, Orlando Science Center hosts the third annual Maker Faire Orlando (formerly Orlando Mini Maker Faire) on Sept. 13–14, 2014. This community-based learning event aims to inspire the public through do-it-yourself science, technology and art; hands-on workshops; panels; and more. This year’s event is bigger than ever before with more Makers, crazier creations and not one but two whole days to experience it! Maker Faire Orlando takes place on every floor of the Science Center as well as outside in Loch Haven Park.

The 2014 event features more than 200 one-of-a- kind projects from local Makers. Makers are DIY-enthusiasts who demonstrate their creativity and knowledge through personal creations. Makers come from all ages and backgrounds, ranging from techies to crafters to scientists to garage tinkerers. Each shares a common passion for innovation and creativity, as well as an educational spirit to inspire and encourage new Makers.

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