Big Pompeii Announcement for Orlando Science Center Members

Pompeii: The Immortal City is on its way, and the good news keeps on coming! Orlando Science Center is thrilled to announce that members can experience this summer blockbuster experience FREE!

 

In the past, large blockbuster exhibits such as this required an upcharge for Science Center members. However, thanks to the support of Orange County Government through the Arts and Cultural Affairs program, a grant from the Tourist Development Tax Blockbuster Fund has covered many of the substantial costs to bring the exhibit to Orlando and we are passing the savings onto you!

Through art, music and an immersive 360 projection experience, Pompeii: The Immortal City will transport guests back in time to 79 AD. Orlando will be one of only four sites in the United States to host this state of the art exhibit. 

"This award exemplifies Orange County’s belief in the value of arts and cultural organizations to our community,” said Orlando Science Center CEO and President JoAnn Newman. “We are grateful for their support and look forward to presenting this unique exhibition and featured programming to the communities of Orange County and the greater Central Florida region.”

Terry Olsen and JoAnn Newman from Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs and Orlando Science Center

Along with FREE entry, annual members will be invited to attend an exclusive Member-Only Preview of the exhibit before it opens to the general public. Pompeii: The immortal City will be a timed ticket experience, so guests are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance. As an added benefit, Orlando Science Center members will be able to reserve their complimentary tickets before they are available to the general public!

 

Make sure your membership is up to date so you don’t miss these benefits. Renew your membership today by emailing oscmembership@osc.org or calling 407.514.2158 and receive 10% off!

Not a member yet? Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Purchase a membership or gift a membership today to receive all of these benefits and more, including:

  • FREE general admission and parking
  • FREE admission to special ticketed events including all four days of Otronicon, Science Night Live, and more
  • Member-Only events and special offers
  • Discounts on summer camps and the ability to book your camps first with the Member Pre-Sale
  • And so much more!

With a variety of membership levels, benefits, and upcoming events, it’s a great time to get, renew, or even gift a membership!   

Arts & Cultural Affairs Orange County Government Florida

Pompeii: The Immortal City is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.

From Otronicon Attendee to Event Producer: An OSC Intern’s Story

Jesslyn Parrish walked into Otronicon 2019 to see some of her professors’ STEM research projects in action. She walked out as a future Orlando Science Center intern, a potential gamer and reconsidering her plans to leave Orlando to pursue a tech career.

 

As a first-time Otronicon attendee, Jesslyn had no expectations for the four-day STEM expo. However, upon attending the event, she was blown away by the sheer number of experiences, workshops, speakers and exhibitors that filled the Science Center. Instead of simply checking out some research, she was faced with rooms and rooms of the most cutting-edge technology in gaming, entertainment, science and medicine.  

 

“It really showed me how many opportunities there are to get involved in the tech world right here in Central Florida,” Says Jesslyn. “I had originally thought I would have to consider moving to California after graduating in a few years.” At its core, this is what Otronicon is all about. Showing Orlando residents that there are countless ways to become involved in the future of STEM that’s being built right in our own backyard. Otronicon provides guests of all ages the resources they need to start a STEM career.

 

Only at Otronicon can Orlando residents speak directly with leaders in their field, get invaluable advice from expert-led speakers and learn new STEM skills in engaging workshops. From the major companies at the forefront of innovation, to the start-ups that will shape the future, Orlando hosts some of the top organizations to start a STEM career with. This was particularly exciting for Jesslyn, who is exceptionally familiar with the importance of networking as a graduate student. At Otronicon, she was able to interact directly with leaders of tech organizations that she could one day be working for. 

 

If Jesslyn could describe Otronicon in one word, it would be “inspiring.” Not only did it inspire her to change the way she views Orlando’s tech industry, it also inspired her to become an Orlando Science Center events intern. Now, Jesslyn is responsible for coordinating and implementing events just like Otronicon at the Science Center. While this step in Jesslyn’s professional development is impressive and inspiring enough, there’s still one unexpected part of her Otronicon experience that can’t go unmentioned. Jesslyn, a self-proclaimed uncertain gamer, was tempted into picking up the controller and testing out the newest video game technology at Otronicon. Now that’s inspiring!

Orlando Science Center is looking for enthusiastic volunteers (ages 13 and up!) to help at this year's Otronicon. Fill out the form below to register.

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

 

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Taking place on Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., SNL is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase SNL tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit the Otronicon website. 

Holiday Fun at the Science Center

Orlando Science Center has holiday fun down to a science! Join us through December for wintry programming, including our Dinos In Lights festive show and "cool" holiday activities like a live liquid nitrogen show, gift-making activities, winter-themed experiments, and more!

Dinos In Lights

Add some sparkle to the holiday season and see some of your favorite creatures from the Cretaceous in a whole new light with the festive Dinos In Lights show at Orlando Science Center! 
 
Join STAN the T-Rex and his fossil friends in DinoDigs as they show off their twinkling talent in a festive display of music and light. Each family-friendly show will run about four minutes and concludes with a wintry surprise.
 
This dazzling light show is included in general admission for a limited time so don't miss out! Be sure to see it multiple times on your visit as the experience is different from every angle. Shows begin every 30 minutes between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily from November 23 through January 7.

Winter Science Month Programming

Celebrate togetherness & collaboration during this season of Winter Science Spectacular! Participate in STEM challenges, winter themed activities like Cool Science liquid nitrogen shows, & enjoy fan favorite shows like To Infinity & KaBoom! Brand new this season is Orlando Science Center Family Feud, running select weekends in December!
 
Plus celebrate New Year’s Eve rawr-ing 20’s style! Come in your best Gatsby gear as we celebrate the New Year a little early from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 

View the Science Live! Schedule before you arrive for a list of that day's special activites. 

Holiday Films & Laser Light Show

Get into the Holiday spirit with themed Hollywood films and a festive Laser Light show in the Dr. Phillips CineDome! 
 
Go on an adventure with Stick Man and find out if he'll make it home in time for Christmas in Stick Man! Then, join the happiest, dancing penguin, in Happy Feet
 

View the Theater Schedule before you arrive for a showtimes.

Holiday Films & Laser Light Show

Get into the Holiday spirit with themed Hollywood films and a festive Laser Light show in the Dr. Phillips CineDome! 
 
Go on an adventure with Stick Man and find out if he'll make it home in time for Christmas in Stick Man! Then, join the happiest, dancing penguin, in Happy Feet
 

View the Theater Schedule before you arrive for a showtimes.

Graphic with 2019 Holiday Film posters Happy Feet and Stick Man

Last Chance To Stop In and See Our Traveling Exhibits!

If you haven’t experienced our fall traveling exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine, be sure to visit before it leaves Orlando Science Center on January 5! 

 

Will we have robot overlords in the future? Can computers really think for themselves? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this engaging and informative exhibit!

Want to experience Winter Science Month all season long? Consider becoming a member so you can come back as often as you'd like to participate in all of the holiday programming. Gift Memberships are also available so you can take care of your holiday shopping list too!

Celebrate Aviation Month With This DIY Stomp Rocket Activity!

Aviation isn’t just about airplanes. It’s also about helicopters, hot air balloons, blimps, and even space crafts! This November, celebrate Aviation Month by making and launching your own Stomp Rocket!

You Will Need:

  • Paper
  • Cone and Fin Templates
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 3 ½” x 12” pieces of PVC pipe
  • 1 ½” x 2” piece of PVC pipe
  • 1 ½” x 15” piece of PVC pipe
  • 1 ½” PVC Cross Fitting Connector
  • 1 ½” 45° PVC Elbow
  • 1 ½” 90° PVC Elbow
  • 2 ½” PVC End Caps
  • 2 Liter Bottles
  • Printable Template

Making Your Rocket:

  1. Tightly wrap your sheet of paper length-wise (so you have a longer rocket rather than a shorter one) around one of the pieces of PVC pipe. The paper should fit snugly around the tube, but not be wrapped so tight that the tube can’t be slid off. Tape the paper tube shut. The entire seam should be covered so that it is airtight. This will be your rocket’s fuselage.
  2. Cut out the cone template. Bring the straight edges together to create the cone and tape shut. Make sure that entire seam is covered so that it is airtight. If air escapes from the seam in the cone, the rocket won’t launch or won’t go far.
  3. Tape the cone over one end of the fuselage. Be sure the cone is taped on securely and is airtight. If the cone isn’t on tightly enough or air can escape from this part of the rocket, the cone may fly off the rocket when you try to launch it.
  4. Now choose how many fins you want and what shape they should be. You can use the templates provided, or make your own.
  5. Cut out the fins you want. Fold on the dotted line, the tape the small flaps to end of the fuselage opposite the cone. The fins work best when they are evenly spaced and all facing the same way.

Making Your Launcher:

  1. Fit 2 of the ½” x 12” pieces of PVC pipe in the cross fitting connector across from each other.
  2. Place the end caps on these two pieces of PVC pipe to prevent air from escaping through the sides.
  3. Fit the ½” x 2” piece of PVC pipe in the cross fitting connector between the two longer pieces.
  4. Attach either the 45° or 90° PVC elbow on the other end of the 2” pipe. The angle of the elbow will determine the launch angle. If you want to launch the rocket straight up, use the 90° elbow. If you want to launch the rocket outwards, use the 45° angle.
  5. Fit the remaining ½” x 12” piece of PVC pipe in the other end of the elbow. This will be where you place the rocket.
  6. Fit the ½” x 15” piece of PVC pipe in the remaining opening of the cross fitting connector.
  7. Tape the 2 liter bottle onto the end of the 15”-long piece of PVC pipe.

Launching Your Rocket:

  1. Slide your rocket all the way onto the 12”-long piece of PVC pipe connected to the 45° or 90° elbow.
  2. Stand next to, not behind, the bottle on your launcher.
  3. Stomp down or jump on the bottle to launch the rocket.
  4. To re-inflate the bottle, remove the 15”-long piece of PVC pipe from the cross fitting connector. Blow into the end of the PVC pipe. The bottle will inflate. If the bottle is damaged, it can be removed and a new bottle can be taped on.

Can you make your rocket go higher or farther? What happens if you change the shape and/or number of fins? Make changes to your rocket and launch it again to find out!

 

Want to learn more about all things aviation? Soar on in for Aviation Weekend on November 16 & 17! 

Don’t Just Experience Otronicon — Volunteer At It!  

Volunteer to Inspire Your Community

Put yourself on the frontlines of the groundbreaking innovations, workshops, gaming competitions and speakers that make Otronicon the most ambitious event to bring never-before-seen technology and science together for your exploration.

 

Otronicon volunteers have the exclusive chance to work directly with our community’s greatest minds and leaders in STEM. Get first-hand experience with their groundbreaking technology and be a part of inspiring STEM learning and innovation in thousands of people in your community. 

 

Volunteers even get free admission to Otronicon on the day they volunteer!

 

Positions are filling up fast—don’t wait! 

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

 

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Taking place on Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., SNL is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase SNL tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit the Otronicon website. 

Mercury Transit Viewing from Orlando Science Center

Mercury is in Retrograde Transit

Monday, November 11, 2019 will be a big day for the solar system’s smallest planet. In a rare occurrence, Mercury will transit, or visibly pass in between Earth and the sun. As Mercury and Venus are the only planets who orbit between Earth and the sun, only their transits can be seen from Earth. This rare event only happens about 13 times every century, and won’t happen again until 2032.

 

Mercury transits are so rare because each planet takes a different amount of time to orbit the sun, and therefore rarely overlap. Planetary transits like Mercury’s are essential to helping astronomers understand space. Scientists have discovered hundreds of exoplanets, and can even measure planetary atmospheres by observing these phenomenon.

How to view it:

Mercury’s transit across the sun will be visible in North America starting at 7:30 a.m. EST.  In honor of Mercury’s big transit around the sun, The Orlando Science Center’s observatory will be open for viewing. On November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST stop by the observatory to take a peek through sun-safe telescopes, check out hands-on demonstrations, and attend a Q&A with our knowledgeable science interpreters.

 

Mercury’s Transit viewing party is included with daily general admission to Orlando Science Center, which is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11). For more information, please call 407.514.2000

Soar Into November at Orlando Science Center!

This month’s fun fall lineup will help you fill the gap between Halloween and the holidays!

Get ready to celebrate flight during Aviation Month, gaze at spectacular stars, level up your paper-crafting skills and so much more! All month long we’re celebrating the science of flight with exciting STEM challenges, workshops, movies and more. Whether it’s propellers, planes or parachutes, we’ve got you covered on all things aviation.

 

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, veterans and active military personnel can enjoy FREE admission to Orlando Science Center and 50% off for their family, November 1–17! Must present valid military ID to redeem offer.

 

Feast On These Fun Fall Events:

Star-Studded Evenings

Beginning November 8

Star-Studded Evenings is making a sensational return! Join us for Hollywood films in the Digital Adventure Theater, stargazing in the observatory and special workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace. Come by on Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and look to the stars.

 

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Veterans Day

November 11

In honor of Veterans Day, Orlando Science Center will host a wreath laying ceremony at the Red Tails Monument in Loch Haven Park on Monday, November 11, in partnership with Vision of Flight and made possible by Lockheed Martin.

 

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AI Films during Star-Studded Evenings

November 8 — February 22

During Star-Studded Evenings, we’re exploring the many ways Artificial Intelligence has been portrayed in famous Hollywood films. Find out through films such as The Matrix and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

 

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Aviation Weekend

November 16 & 17

Be sure to soar into Orlando Science Center for Aviation Weekend! We’ll have super fly activities such as building and launching stomp rockets and Kite Making workshops at The Hive. Plus, don't miss out on live shows like Peeps in Space and the explosively fun To Infinity & Kaboom!

 

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The Hive: A Makerspace Workshops

November 1 — 30

Swing on by The Hive: A Makerspace, presented by The Isaacs Family for workshops and other making experiences! Workshops are offered on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday and will offer different activities with adult-friendly making.

 

Workshops will also be available during Star-Studded Evenings. If your crafting skills can’t wait, you’re invited to join us for open make experiences all month long.

 

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Dr. Dare's Lab Experiments

Saturdays & Sundays During November

Did you know that your kitchen is full of chemistry? This month, join us in Dr. Dare’s Lab to learn all about food science, including how much iron you eat in your morning cereal and what vitamin C can do for you.

 

On November 16 & 17, celebrate the release of Pokemon Sword & Shield by learning all about Pokemon in our lab! There are 7 experiments, and you gotta catch ‘em all!

 

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Thanksgiving Break Camps

November 25 – November 27

When school is out, break camps are in! Students in grades K-2 will develop STEM skills using LEGOs, while students in grades 3-5 will explore the world of physics with the Minecraft video game.

 

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Curtis Kinetic Science Challenge Application Deadline

November 29

We’re calling all educators to assemble a team of tinkerers to compete in the Curtis Kinetic Science Competition! The competition is open to students in Grades 6-8, in teams of up to five. November 29 is the last day to submit you application.

 

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Play to Win with Powder Keg Gaming Competitions at Otronicon

Play, compete, and spectate in an awesome video game party!

Powder Keg Games hosts video game tournaments on consoles Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. Titles include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Street Fighter, Pokken Tournament DX, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more!

 

Tickets will be on sale soon, please check back regularly. Competitions have limited seating available and are $5 per participant. Please note that you MUST have a ticket to Otronicon to participate.

 

Schedule

Friday, January 17, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Ultra Street Fighter II The Final Challengers (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Sunday, January 19, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Pokken Tournament DX (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Monday, January 20, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dragon Ball FighterZ (1 v 1, 32 cap, PlayStation 4)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

 

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Taking place on Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., SNL is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase SNL tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit the Otronicon website. 

Enjoy Artificial Intelligence Themed Films During Star-Studded Evenings!

Star-Studded Evenings return on November 8! On Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., enjoy the observatory*, special workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace, and special Artificial Intelligence-themed films! 

 

In honor of traveling exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine, we’re showing some of the most famous AI films. Do you believe we’ll have robot overlords in the future? From The Matrix to I, Robot, see the different ways AI has been portrayed in Hollywood films during Star-Studded Evenings!

 

The Matrix

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:50 p.m. November 8 through November 23

Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question -- What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life.

 

Short Circuit

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:50 p.m. November 29 through December 14

Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, undergoes a sudden transformation after being struck by lightning. He develops self-awareness, consciousness, and a fear of the reprogramming that awaits him back at the factory. With the help of a young woman, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive.

 

I, Robot 

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:50 p.m. December 20 through January 4

In 2035, techno-phobic homicide detective Del Spooner of the Chicago PD heads the investigation of a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot. Little does he know that his investigation would lead to uncovering a larger threat to humanity.

 

War Games

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:50 p.m. January 10 through February 1

High school student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) unwittingly hacks into a military supercomputer while searching for new video games. After starting a game of Global Thermonuclear War, Lightman leads the supercomputer to activate the nation's nuclear arsenal in response to his simulated threat as the Soviet Union. Once the clueless hacker comes to his senses, Lightman, with help from his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy), must find a way to alert the authorities to stop the onset of World War III.

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:50 p.m. February 7 through February 22

When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.

 

Want to experience all the films and workshops during Star-studded evenings? Check out our membership plans to get unlimited general admission so you can enjoy all that the Science Center has to offer for an entire year!

Orlando Science Center Honors Veterans This November

In honor of Veterans Day, Orlando Science Center will host a wreath laying ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11, at the Red Tails Monument in Loch Haven Park, in partnership with Vision of Flight and made possible by Lockheed Martin. The ceremony is free to attend, and will be a brief and simple ceremony honoring veterans, including a bugler honoring fallen heroes with “Taps.”

 

From November 1 through the 17, veterans and active military with military ID will receive free admission and their attending family members will receive 50% off admission, which is also made possible by Lockheed Martin.

 

The Red Tails Monument serves as a symbol of courage and triumph over adversity that inspires future generations in their pursuit of academic success and careers in STEM fields, such as aviation. During World War II, the Red Tail Pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the Army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction.

 

Remember to visit Orlando Science Center during the month of November for special Aviation Month activities! Then join us on November 16 & 17 for Aviation Weekend, with special flight themed demonstrations and activities. From animal encounters focused on flight to Paper Glider challenges – you’ll soar through science all month long! 

 

As our military serves our country proudly, their families serve, too. Lockheed Martin works with nonprofit partners like Orlando Science Center and Vision of Flight to support the active duty force and their families. In addition, more than 25,000 veterans work at Lockheed Martin. To learn more about Lockheed Martin’s commitment to veterans, click here.

 

There is no cost to attend the Red Tails Monument ceremony. For guests who are not veterans or military personnel who want to explore Orlando Science Center after the ceremony, general admission is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors/students, and $15 for youth (ages 2 – 11).