Your generosity enables the Orlando Science Center to educate and inspire. We bring families together in an environment that encourages learning. The Orlando Science Center is the highest attended cultural venue in the region averaging 300,000 guests per year. Over 70,000 students annually experience on and off-site STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based educational initiatives. The Science Center is a proven educational community resource that provides hands on interactive learning experiences.
Admissions and memberships provide about 65 cents of every dollar needed; Government appropriations provide about 16 cents of every dollar needed:
To provide access to the Orlando Science Center at a reasonable admission price.
To ensure all families have access to the Science Center regardless of ability to pay.
To bring and maintain state of the art exhibits at the Science Center.
The rest is up to the generosity of supporters, like you!
Please make a gift to the Orlando Science Center today. There are a variety of ways that you can be part of the mission to inspire science learning for life.
Today, the Orlando Science Center held the Inspire Science Breakfast. The event is an opportunity to celebrate the Science Center's role as a vital community resource that ignites the spark for tomorrow's leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The 2013 edition featured special guests that truly exemplify the Science Center's mission to inspire science learning for life. Dr. Morgan Cable, the first-ever winner of the Dr. Ying Competition, was present to speak to the power the Science Center has in inspiring future scientists, doctors and teachers.
The Orlando Science Center also paid tribute to a man that has given so much via knowledge, scientific discovery and philanthropy as Dr. Nelson Ying became the first-ever recipient of the President's Star Maker Award.
Guests had an opportunity to get involved by making a donation, pledging to volunteer and sharing the vision of the Science Center in our community. You, too, can make a difference just as they did. To start, explore the "Support' section of our website.
Here's a video from our most recent Walmart Foundation $5 Day. Thanks to the Walmart Foundation, admission for the day was only $5! It also coincided with Mission Nutrition, where Guests got to find out more about a health lifestyle and heart health!
Ryan Miller was an avid volunteer for the Orlando Science Center between the ages of fifteen and eighteen. Throughout his years volunteering, he cared for animals of all shapes and sizes including, tarantulas, snakes and baby gators. He also maintained the animal’s habitats and educated youth about the creatures and their unique attributes.
Ryan Miller “learned responsibility and respect” throughout his time at the Orlando Science Center, which in turn “taught [him] maturity and the importance of nurturing living things.” His knowledge naturally shifted over when he went into military service, within the U.S. Navy, and went from fostering living things to human beings. Ryan is now stationed in Japan and has been involved in humanitarian missions in the East including this one in Cambodia (picture). He owes much of his successes and accomplishments to the people at the Orlando Science Center. Ryan Miller even stated, “I still have my name tag from the Orlando Science Center as a memento of a great time in my life.”
Welcome to our new neighbors, The PRISM Project (Promoting Regional Improvement in Science and Math)!
The Orlando Science Center and The PRISM Project have similar values and ideals. With a mission to “inspire science learning for life,” the Science Center is dedicated to engaging the community in learning experiences that inspire people to build their critical thinking skills for a lifetime of reward. PRISM recognizes that the global economic competitiveness in the 21st century is built upon a strong foundation in math and science, and as such, their mission is to provide dynamic and supportive leadership to Central Florida’s school districts, strive to enhance teaching and learning in K-12 science and math, and promote related business development, career opportunities, and quality of life for children and youth.
The Orlando Science Center is providing office space at no cost to PRISM in an effort to help grow the PRISM program and further the regional STEM agenda.
Congratulations are in order for Thatcher Howard! He was recently honored at the Black Engineer of the Year Annual Conference in February 2010 as a Modern Day Technology Leader.
It was here in the Orlando Science Center that Thatcher found his true calling, to become an Electronics Engineer. On a spontaneous trip to our facility as a young child, playing with the motors, generators and hands-on exhibits inspired him. He returned to his South Apopka home that day and began rebuilding new toys out of broken ones and incorporating his experience into his designs. Knowing that his family would never be able to afford college, he relied solely on his education to pull him through towards his dream of becoming an Engineer.
After graduating from high school, Thatcher Howard joined the Navy and began Aircraft Electricians School. Leaving the Navy in 2001, he moved on to DeVry University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering. Currently Thatcher works for Northrop Grumman as an Electronics Engineer and has been influential in regards to Northrop’s Electronic Systems Laser Program.
To help provide opportunities and experiences that Thatcher had to our youth, he regularly volunteers in a variety of ways. He leads a troop of Boy Scouts, aids in Family Science Nights at local elementary schools and chaperones fieldtrips to the Orlando Science Center. Thatcher also encourages students to pursue in science, technology, engineering and math education and careers.