Thinking back to high school geometry, did you ever think you might calculate the hypotenuse of a triangle in your adult life? Or apply the principles of acceleration learned in physics class?

For aviators, understanding math and physics is a must for reviewing flight plans and calculating fuel usage. Students, however, often don't see a correlation between math and science and their life experiences. Like generations before, they find themselves questioning when they will ever use the lessons taught in school.

What kids do understand is technology. 

When it comes to technology in education, there is an enormous amount of evidence that indicates immersive, game-based learning environments foster deeper learning and provide opportunities to develop and exercise collaborative skills.

It’s all a matter of harnessing gaming power for an academic purpose. Lockheed Martin is working to combine technology and learning for professionals and students through its Prepar3D® simulation software. It’s one conduit to help engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.

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The Academy of Wine has grown tremendously from its beginnings in the early 1990s when Steve Hosmer, Director Wine Education West Coast, travelled the country offering wine education seminars. He was joined by Luis Torres, Director of Wine Education East Coast, in 2000 and together they formally created the "University of Wine” and offered education for key accounts and distributors.

In 2002, the Wine Alliance Company was purchased and the "Academy of Wine” was introduced as the new banner for the education team. From 2003 through 2013, the Academy of Wine has enlightened more than 10,000 students annually. Today The Academy of Wine is brought to you by Constellation Wines US.

 

Luis Torres

Wine Expert: Luis Torres

South American-born, Chicago-raised Luis Torres lends his extensive background in wine supply, distribution, and on-premise roles to the Academy. He studied Food Science and Technology before spending 15 years in the restaurant industry. His experience includes an apprenticeship at Charlie Trotter’s with Master Sommelier Larry Stone, studies with the Court of Master Sommeliers, The Wine and Spirits Education Trust and management and wine buying responsibilities for all of Hilton’s Chicago star properties.

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

For the 22nd straight year, Track Shack's Celebration of Running 5k presented by Florida Hospital benefited Orlando Science Center. More than 2,400 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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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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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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