Exhibits

 

Orlando Science Center's exhibit halls feature a vast array of exciting interactive experiences! Learning has never been so fun with these hands on educational exhibits. From down to earth explorations in natural science to the high-tech world of simulation technology, everywhere you look, you'll find educational and entertaining opportunities to explore, experiment, and discover.

 

Traveling Exhibits

The Orlando Science Center is home to some of the most exciting traveling exhibits in the country. When these exhibits are in town they are only here for a limited time, so don’t miss the opportunity to see them!

 

Exhibit Halls

As great as our traveling exhibits are, there are some exhibits that are the staple of the Orlando Science Center. NatureWorks will have you up close and personal with some of nature’s most fascinating reptiles. At DinoDigs, you’ll step back into the prehistoric age. Discover the dynamic forces and systems that shape our Earth, as well as other planets in Our Planet, Our Universe. Explore such concepts as electricity and magnetism, lasers, soundwaves, and nature’s forces in Science Park. No visit to the Science Center is complete without a trip to KidsTown, an interactive world dedicated to our smaller explorers.

 

Science Live! Programs

What’s the difference between a great visit to a Science Center and a memorable visit? Live programs. Our exhibits are designed to inspire curiosity and exploration, our Science Live! programs are designed to bring the exhibits to life. Whether it’s a show in the Digital Adventure Theater or a one-to-one interaction with a volunteer at the Crosby Observatory, our live programs create the kind of impact that can last a lifetime.

 

Science Stations

Looking for little more “hard science” in your next Science Center visit? Look no further than the Science Stations located throughout the facility. Science Stations are a cross between exhibits and live programs in that they’re exhibits that typically include a live program to truly bring the experience to life. Science Stations provide an in-depth look at their respective subject matter in an entertaining way. Be sure to check your program schedule to see which Science Stations are conducting demonstrations on the day of your next visit.

 

Crosby Observatory

The aluminum-domed Crosby Observatory atop Orlando Science Center houses Florida's largest publicly accessible refractor telescope. This one-of-a-kind custom-built telescope, along with several smaller scopes, are available at selected times for solar and night sky viewing.

 

Conserving our natural resources should be a top priority for everyone, but due to social and economic pressures, it’s a lot easier said than done. Among those concerns is preserving our land.

It may not get more important than saving our planet’s rainforests, namely the Amazon, which is severely threatened by deforestation.

How does deforestation of the Amazon rainforest affect me in Orlando or in any other part of the world you may ask?

For starters, the Amazon is so large, that the atmosphere of our planet would be turned upside down without it. Its absorption of carbon dioxide and release of oxygen is the largest factor in preventing global warming. With more than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen produced by the rainforest, the effect would be felt by everyone on earth.

As if that wasn’t enough, scientists estimate deforestation is to blame for the loss of 137 plant, animal and insect species every day and 50,000 species a year. With their extinction, we lose the potential for cures of life-threatening diseases.

As of today, more than 100 prescription drugs sold around the world come from plant-derived sources. And the biggest eye opener? Twenty-five percent of Western pharmaceuticals originate from the rainforest, while less one percent of its tropical trees and plants have even been tested by scientists.

Of the 3,000 plants that are active against cancer cells, 70 percent are found in the Amazon; a quarter of the active ingredients in modern cancer-fighting drugs derive from organisms found only in the rainforest.

In fact, periwinkle, a rainforest plant from which we get vincristine, is one of the most powerful anticancer drugs in the world. Thanks to it, we have increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia since its discovery.

And for the food lovers, more than four-fifths of developing countries’ diet can be sourced to the rainforest. From it, we’ve received fruits such as avocados, oranges and bananas and vegetables like corn, potatoes and rice. And don’t forget chocolate!

While 2011 showed the slowest deforestation rate since records started being kept, it’s dependent upon mankind to preserve what nature intended to last forever.

Rainforest


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Some time ago, Orlando Science Center and a team from UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) created a video game called Energize!

Energize! challenges the player to provide electricity to their growing community while keeping emissions minimized. The game, made possible by a grant from the Progress Energy Foundation and with additional support from the Turner Foundation, is now a featured component of the Science Center’s H2Now exhibit, which explores hydrogen power and alternative energy solutions.

During the game, players have five energy producers to choose from: fossil fuel, wind, solar, biomass, and nuclear.  Each form has tradeoffs. The player learns that it takes a combination of energy sources to achieve a balance between energy demand, economic needs and environmental concerns.

Play a few rounds of this award-winning game by visiting www.energizegame.com

In the meantime, here's a great video describing the game:


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As awareness of the need for alternative energy sources has grown, scores of organizations to support this cause have emerged all around the world.  Locally, there are any number of organizations looking at achieve the goal of energy conservation and efficiency.  One organization that the Science Center has worked with is FREA – Florida Renewable Energy Association.

The mission of FREA is simple.  As stated on its web site, “The Florida Renewable Energy Association is dedicated to expanding the use of clean, renewable energy technologies through public awareness, political advocacy, and individual initiative. “

Acting on the belief that all Floridians have an inherent right to a clean, sustainable environment and a corresponding belief that Floridians can pursue clean, renewable sources of energy without compromising opportunities for sustained economic growth, FREA provides seminars on energy efficiency, solar energy, and alternative fuel vehicles and tries to work with similar organizations to advocate policies that will make Florida a leader in  renewable energy development and use.

To become a member of FRA, simply click here.


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It makes up at least 20 percent of the United States’ energy production but what exactly is nuclear energy?  Nuclear energy results from the fission or splitting of uranium atoms. Once the fission takes place, steam is generated from the heat and released through turbines. This process sounds simple enough, so why is it so controversial? Here we take a look at the pros and cons of nuclear energy:

nuclear-reactor

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Supplies you will need

  • Water
  • 1 clear plastic bottle
  • Vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  • Alka-Seltzer or any sort of tables that fizz

Directions

  1. Fill the clear plastic bottle one quarter of the way full with water
  2. Fill the bottle with vegetable oil until it is nearly full
  3. Wait for the oil and the water to separate
  4. Add about twelve drops of your favorite color food coloring into the bottle
  5. The food coloring will fall through the oil, drop to the bottom and mix with the water
  6. Break the Alka-Seltzer tablet into four small pieces
  7. Add the first piece of Alka-Seltzer to the water and watch the lava begin!
  8. Once the bubbling stops add more Alka-Seltzer to continue to fun

Lava_Lamo

The science behind the experiment

The oil and water separate because the density of each liquid is different. The oil floats to the top because it has a lower density than water and food coloring do.

The Alka-Seltzer tablets that are dropped in the bottle release small bubbles of carbon dioxide. The bubbles then rise to the top with the water and food coloring.  Once the gas escapes, the water goes back to the bottom.


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