Education Partners

The partners listed on this page have taken an active role in supporting educational efforts at Orlando Science Center through field trips, in-class workshops, and afterschool programs with area schools.

 

Duke Energy Educational Partnership

The Orlando Science Center is grateful for having received major gifts from the Duke Energy Foundation and its antecedent organizations. The Duke Energy Foundation is currently supporting STEM School Field Trips in counties around Central Florida. These experiences allow students the opportunity to live out many of the engineering principles, strengthening their critical thinking and analytic skills. Since the start of this program in 2012, Duke Energy’s support has enabled the Science Center to provide field trip experiences to more than 13,000 students.

 

Florida Space Grant Consortium – OSC STEM Fieldtrip Experiences

With more than 5 years of continued support from the Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC), Orlando Science Center created a number of STEM-focused exhibit experiences that teach the engineering design cycle and develop 21st Century Skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork; skills necessary to engage students in STEM Education. Aside from the school groups that encounter these STEM exhibits throughout the academic year, summer campers (link to SUMMER CAMPS) and thousands of Science Center visitors also benefit from these rewarding STEM experiences.

 

Northrop Grumman Educational Partnership

Since 2009, the Orlando Science Center / Northrop Grumman Educational Partnership has focused on developing partner schools, provided Teacher Professional Development (TPD) opportunities to middle school teachers, worked with local community centers to train their staff and offer robotics workshops. The partnership has also engaged NG employees and their families through STEM-focused programs, supported Orlando Science Center Laser Academies during the summer; and offered “NG Science Extravaganzas” to a host of elementary schools throughout Orange County Public Schools. All of these efforts have been successfully positioned the partnership as a “STEM Resource” to the students and teachers served.

 

Orlando Magic Youth Fund

The Orlando Science Center is grateful to have received a $50,000 grant through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation fund.  This grant is currently supporting our Ignite Discovery program which engages low-income preschoolers, their educators, and caregivers in a new model for early childhood education which integrates science across the existing curriculum. Ignite Discovery supports improved learning outcomes by training teachers and caregivers and providing in-classroom workshops that encourage students to explore and interpret their world.

 

Orlando Utilities Commission AWESOME Project

Beginning in 2009, the AWESOME Project has allowed the Science Center to reach 48,779 students. The OUC AWESOME. Project is facilitated through Classroom Workshops built to engage every 5th grade student in OUC’s service area. The curriculum addresses the academic rigor and desired student learning outcomes of each classroom served, encouraging them to take part in the STEM workforce of tomorrow. This 90-minute inquiry-based instruction focuses on two areas: Renewable Energies and Water Conservation. Students are immersed in real-world environmental problems that demand the innovative efforts involved in each of the aforementioned areas, helping to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

 

Siemens Energy Corporation and Universal Orlando Foundation

Orlando Science Center in partnership with the Siemens Energy Corporation and the Universal Orlando Foundation are proud to provide Destination: STEM to under-served middle school students throughout Orlando. These workshops were developed by the Orlando Science Center to educate, inspire and excite students about STEM disciplines and the exciting and diverse world of STEM careers. Throughout the summer and academic year of 2015-2016, these workshops will engage students in a variety of STEM topics while showcasing career pathways. Through hands-on activities and experiences, each series of workshops will focus on areas such as optics and lasers, aerospace engineering, modeling and simulation, and more.

For information on education partnership opportunities, please contact Alicia Frascati at 407.514.2014 or email afrascati@osc.org.

 

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