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This weekend is the 15th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition! Every day this week, we'll spotlight one of the five finalists.

Zachary Loeb is a junior enrolled in the business academy program at Viera High School in Melbourne, Fla. Zachary has a strong interest in marine biology, green chemistry and finding solutions to prevent and eliminate pollutants that contaminate the environment. For the past four years, Zachary has conducted research on endocrine disrupting compounds (EDC’s) and their effects on the aquatic environment.

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This weekend is the 15th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition! Every day this week, we'll spotlight one of the five finalists.

Divya Ravinder is a freshman at the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High School in Bartow, Fla. Since sixth grade, Divya has competed in and has won first place in several science competitions including eCYBERMISSION, Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, Disney Planet Challenge, Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, Polk County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Orlando Science Fair, and State Science and Engineering Fair to name a few.

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This weekend is the 15th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition! Every day this week, we'll spotlight one of the five finalists.

We start with Sarah Van Sickle of Brevard County’s Satellite Beach High School. Sarah is a senior and a return competitor having being selected as a finalist last year.

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Spring has sprung at the Science Center, and it was in full swing at April’s Member Monday!

Members got to embark on an adventure into springtime with our storyteller Madeline Potts. Families colored spring coloring sheets and listened to stories, plus everyone got into the spring fever and danced to Madeline’s ukulele!

Mark your calendars for Monday, May 13 from 9 a.m.–10 a.m. for the next event. It will be an hour of fun including a special appearance by a four-legged friend.




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2013 Science of Wine is quickly approaching, but we just couldn’t wait! We visited one of our restaurant partners, Hawkers Asian Street Fare, to get a taste of what they’re bringing to the big event.

Hawkers features the best traditional street foods from every region of Asia together under one roof. Take your taste buds on a journey to the Far East at the 2013 Science of Wine on May 11!




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All of these pictures were taken using a microscope camera in Dr. Dare's Lab at Orlando Science Center. They are from a drop of pond water taken from Lake Estelle located next door. Take a look through our photo reel to see some awesome microscopic creatures!

The creature boxed in yellow is an example of an ostracod and is commonly known as a Seed Shrimp. Its body is protected by 2 half shells which meet at a hinge toward the top of its body. We found a mosquito in the 2nd stage of its life; eventually it will change and enter pupa stage of its development where it will then transform into an adult mosquito.

The nauphilus copepod has small antennae on its head that are used for swimming. The nauphilus stage is the first stage of development for crustaceans. What do you think it will look like when it grows up? We also found some nematodes, also known as roundworms. To-date over 28,000 different kinds of nematodes have been identified but scientist estimated there could be over 1 million different species.

The video features an ostracod that is first seen searching for food. Unexpectedly an adult copepod enters the frame and the ostracod appears to maneuver plants & algae around its self. See for yourself! Is it trying to hide?

 


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Fun is Par for the Course When You Drive for Science!

The Orlando Science Center recently held its annual Cosmic Golf Challenge at the Grand Cypress Golf Club on Thursday, March 28. Sponsored by Bright House Networks and Cisco Systems, the event hosted nearly 200 golfers who putted for progress with proceeds supporting Orlando Science Center and its educational programs.

Photos courtesy of RF Photography


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