3..2..1.. Blast Off to Fun With This DIY Stomp Rocket Activity!

Space exploration requires more than brave astronauts. They won't get far without engineers to build their space crafts! Do you think you can build a rocket that could launch astronauts into orbit? Build your engineering skills with this DIY stomp rocket project!

We'd like to thank our longtime friend and corporate partner, FINFROCK for sponsoring this blog!

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!


Orlando Science Center relies on partnerships with industry experts to provide insight on how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and the incredible innovators within the industry are pushing the boundaries of possibilities. As a longtime friend and corporate partner, FINFROCK helps us inspire the next generation of STEM professionals and industry leaders. With their commitment and generous support, we are able to bring pivotal technology and engineering learning to life.

FINFROCK is committed to revolutionizing the technological advancement of engineering design and manufacturing. FINFROCK handles the design, manufacturing, and building of hundreds of projects a year for clients throughout Florida and across the nation. Learn more about FINFROCK

Fresh Programming in Food Heroes Courtesy of The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation

The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation helps feed curiosity with fresh programming

At Orlando Science Center, we deliver awe-inspiring programs to encourage people to get hands-on with STEM and nurture their curiosity about the world we live in. Funding from The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation will enable OSC to create programming featured in our new Food Heroes exhibit sponsored by Orlando Health that melds the culinary arts with critical instruction on the impact of healthy food systems on our overall well-being.

Fresh programs include hands-on cooking demonstrations and farming workshops, reimagined live shows where visitors can step into the role of a soil scientist and conduct experiments, and expanded possibilities for speaking engagements with real-world experts.

We deeply appreciate this grant award from The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation as it makes it possible for us to create and pilot a fresh series of programs that highlight innovative technologies and STEM concepts related to our food and food systems.

Brandan Lanman
Vice President of Visitor Experience at Orlando Science Center
Guests controlling robotic arm to pick strawberries in Food Heroes exhibit

Orlando Science Center was one of six projects chosen from over 30 applications the foundation received from across the United States. “This year’s grant recipients have such range in the way they will impact the community.” says Chuck Steinmetz, Foundation co-founder and former Chair of the Orlando Science Center’s Board of Trustees. The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation placed special emphasis on funding new programming, or supporting ones in their infancy. Projects also possess the promise of sustainability and the development of models which can be replicated across Central Florida, the state, and the U.S.

Orlando Science Center is excited to present this programming to our students and visitors with support from The Pabst Steinmetz Foundation. To stay up to date on programming, be sure to follow us on social media and check our calendar of events!


Learn More About our New Exhibits and Dining Options

Outdoor Safety for Kids • 7 Survival Tips for Any Scenario

Check out these 7 outdoor safety tips for kids! 

When the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than getting outside, breathing in a breath of fresh air, and communing with nature! But don’t forget to keep safety in mind! Whether you’re camping or hiking the great outdoors — or just exploring your own backyard — check out these 7 outdoor survival and safety tips for kids! 

Get more safety and survival tips, and put your hero skills to the test with new, interactive exhibit RESCUE now on display! 

1. Not all who wander are lost. But if you are lost, stop wandering

If you find your surroundings are starting to become unfamiliar, it’s easy to want to retrace your steps, or find the last familiar setting. However, staying put

is the most important survival skill to teach your children. The farther they wander from the site where they were last seen, the harder it’s going to be for rescuers to find them. Staying in one place will also conserve energy and reduce their risk of falling or getting injured.

2. Wear bright colors 

Bright colors will help you stand out from your surroundings, and even more so if your whole party is wearing matching colors. However, be mindful of your surroundings. If you’re spending time in or near water avoid blue, and if you’re spending time in a wooded area, avoid green.

 

Outdoor safety for Kids - a picture of what different colored swimsuits look like underwater

3. Keep calm and carry an explorer’s kit

Even on a short adventure, it’s always best to bring supplies! Here are some fundamentals to keep any adventure safe and fun.

  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A whistle
  • A flashlight or glow sticks
  • A poncho
  • Water and non-perishable snacks
  • A laminated emergency contact card
  • For basic first aid, include: adhesive bandages, hand sanitizer, antibiotic cream, and antiseptic, wipes or spray, and any personal medications, inhalers, or EpiPens

4. Build a shelter

This is not only a good survival tip, but a fun one to practice! Children are naturally creative and, with a little guidance, design excellent shelters. Can a jacket or a poncho make a tent? What kind or sticks or foliage are around you? Next time you’re enjoying the outdoors, challenge your junior explorers to see what kind of shelter can be made from their surroundings.

5. Always wear sunscreen. Even on a cloudy day

Can you get a sunburn on a cloudy day? While clouds do reduce some of the sun’s UV rays, they don’t block all of them. UVA rays can penetrate clouds, and they can also reach below the water’s surface.

UVB rays can also damage your skin year-round, cloudy or not. Reflective surfaces like snow and ice also intensify UVB rays and their effects on the skin so be sure to apply sunscreen anytime you plan on spending time outside.

6. Know when it’s okay to ask for help

Children who are lost or in another emergency situation can often fear rescuers, in part because they learn about “stranger danger” at an early age. Sometimes, they’re so afraid, they hide from the very people searching for them or trying to help.

Explain to your children that if they find themselves in an emergency, the people calling their name are trying to help them. Show them what emergency professionals look like in their various uniforms: firefighters, law enforcement officers, and search and rescue dogs.

outdoor safety for kids - kids dressed up in first responder gear

7. Expect the unexpected

No one ever plans an emergency situation, but you can plan for when one happens. Like fire drills or seatbelts, the best way to plan for the unplannable is to practice and incorporate safety into as much as your daily life is possible. Whether you’re just taking a walk in the park or exploring the wilderness, make sure you always have a plan, and know the plan! 

Check out some outdoor activities!

Inspirational Queer Makers Who Made an Impact on Orlando Science Center’s Makerspace

Do you love The Hive: A Makerspace? Meet some of the inspirational queer makers who inspired your favorite activities!

Pride month is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in 1969, which is considered to be the igniting spark that began the gay liberation movement. Pride month is a time for the LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate – to be openly proud to be queer. Queer people have made countless visible and invisible contributions to culture and society. Here at Orlando Science Center, we want to celebrate some inspirational queer makers who have inspired or influenced The Hive: A Makerspace.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of LGBTQIA+ makers, but ones we have felt inspired by here in The Hive.

Keith Haring was a gay artist who painted public murals and graffiti in the 1980s.

He got his start painting subway murals with chalk and was arrested a number of times for his illegal street art.

Keith Haring contracted HIV which later developed into AIDS and became very involved in AIDS activism. His diagnosis propelled him to make as much art as possible as quickly as possible in the time he had left, as he felt his art was the most important thing he could leave. He died in 1990 at age 31.

inspirational queer maker keith haring painting

Jasika Nicole is an actress most well known for her role as Astrid Farnsworth on Fringe, however, she is an accomplished sewist and artist.

Nicole makes almost all her own clothes, many of her shoes, and works in other media like ceramics, illustration, and fiber arts. She documents many of these pursuits on her blog Try Curious.

She is a strong advocate for the rights of people of color and the LGBTQIA+ community.

inspirational queer maker Jasika Nicole

Cressa Maeve Beer is a stop-motion animator and video producer who has worked in commercials, music videos, makeup tutorials and independent short films.

She recently gained visibility with her short film Coming Out, where Little Godzilla comes out as trans and is welcomed with love and acceptance.

Anna Villanyi is a museum professional, artist, crafter, musician, and animal enthusiast. Their passion for making and fascination with the natural world converge in their design of intricate animal snowflakes, which they cut by hand and translate to laser cut designs for their shop called Annamalflakes.

Their creative force helped shape The Hive's design, ethos, and early programming.

Anna Villanyi

Grace Bonney is an author, blogger, and entrepreneur. Bonney wrote a New York Times book, In The Company of Women, featuring over 100 stories about women entrepreneurs overcoming adversity. She also wrote the DIY interior design book Design*Sponge at Home. Her blog, Design*Sponge, ran for 15 years and connected and taught countless makers.

Grace Bonney

Nick Cave is best known for his soundsuits, which are wearable fabric and mixed media sculptures intended to move and make sound when the wearer moves or dances.

His first soundsuit was created as a reaction to the beating of Rodney King in 1992. Cave has created over 500 soundsuits since then, including one currently on display at the Orlando Museum of Art.

He currently lives and works in Chicago.

Wendy Carlos is an American electronic music composer credited with pioneering synth-pop music. She worked with Robert Moog on his invention of the Moog synthesizer, and released an album called Switched-On Bach, composed of Bach music played on a synthesizer, popularizing synth music sound.

She went on to compose the film scores of A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and Tron.

In 1979, she disclosed that she had been living as a woman for over ten years and was transgender.

Wendy Carlos by a piano

Learn more!

Environmental Art Exhibit Earth’s Voice Opens at Orlando Science Center

Eart's Voice: An Environmental Art Exhibit shows our planet through artists' eyes

Climate scientists and environmental experts show that when we focus on restoring our Earth, we can solve multiple issues at once.  This multi-media environmental art exhibit addresses the manifold environmental crises humans and non-humans face while we envision new futures.

Artists are the ultimate translators of the human condition and can hold deep empathy for the natural systems around us that support our survival. It is through this deep empathy that we endeavor to connect art and science while waking up humanity to the severity of our current situation and inspire people to act. 

Earth's Voice: An Environmental Art Exhibit will be on display in Fusion: A STEAM Gallery on Level 3 through August 22.


A Q&A with artists Katie De Bari & Michelle Irizarry

What inspired you to create/curate the pieces in this exhibition?

2021’s Earth Day theme is “Restore the Earth.” We all have worries, dreams, ideas, and objections when it comes to reckoning with the damage we humans have inflicted upon our shared environment. Throughout COVID-19, we have all been forced to step back and reflect more than perhaps we normally would. We curated this exhibition in order to share our very human artifacts of our reflections on the non-human, consider both the resilience and fragility of our planet, call out injustice, and imagine a way forward.

What do you hope guests will take away from this exhibition?

This gallery is meant to highlight a diversity of voices concerned for the degradation of our planet. With our sponsor, CLEO Institute, we also want this gallery to be a testament of faith in science and of hope for a new way forward. This gallery is curated to encourage both reflection and action. We hope this will be just one of many art installations through which communities can explore how the personal and the environment meet and inform each other in the Anthropocene.

How is STEAM (Science, Technology, Art, Engineering, and Math) relevant to this exhibition?

The science of climate change is unequivocal. It is based on analyses of the long-term observational record as well as climate modeling where scenarios of increasing greenhouse gas emissions show widespread global warming and long-term changes in many aspects of our climate. These climate models are run on super-computers and use numerical tools to solve approximate versions of advanced mathematical equations based on the fundamentals laws of physics, fluid motion, and chemistry. They also allow us to assess how technological innovations that reduce emissions could alter our future path.

However, climate action requires both an activist community pushing our government to address the climate emergency and changes in our own lifestyle. Art has historically served a purpose in communicating difficult subjects to a diverse audience and has been behind many prominent activism movements. We hope this art show will present a variety of perspectives on how humans are dealing with the climate crisis, their thoughts and emotions on the subject, and how they perceive the problem and its solutions.

a painting of a woman holding the earth in her hands with a galaxy background

Featured Artists: YES Theatre, Brooklyn. Veronica Garcia-Bernal. Michelle Irizarry. Prague-ject Theater. Bryan Carson. Captain A. Emotions Dance Company. Dark Skies Productions.

Are Jellyfish Older Than Dinosaurs? And 7 Other Fascinating Facts

Did you know jellyfish can age backward? Are jellyfish older than dinosaurs? Check out these seemingly immortal invertebrates!

What’s the first animal you think of when you think of the ocean? Chances are it probably isn’t a jellyfish. Many people don’t think about them beyond being careful not to be stung by one in the ocean or watching them gracefully float by in an aquarium.

But did you know that there is a jellyfish that can grow to be the length of a blue whale? Or that the answer to "are jellyfish older than dinosaurs" is an incredible YES! How about that many jellyfish can glow in the dark?

In honor of World Ocean’s Day on June 8th, let's dive into these eight extraordinary facts about jellyfish!

A jellyfish is a very simple animal.

But what exactly is a jellyfish? A jellyfish isn’t a fish but an invertebrate, which means it doesn’t have a backbone. In fact, it doesn’t have much of anything. Jellyfish don’t have a brain, a heart, or even blood, and have a very simple digestive cavity with a single opening for eating and expelling waste. What they do have is water – lots of it. Jellyfish are about 95% water. This makes them highly camouflaged in the ocean. Going a little deeper, the body of the jellyfish is divided into three main parts: the bell, the oral arms (long appendages that move captured prey into their mouths), and the stinging tentacles.

anatomy of a jellyfish

Jellyfish come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.

Though the basic parts of the jellyfish are fixed, the bells, oral arms, and tentacles can be different shapes, sizes, and colors. Thought to be the smallest jellyfish in the world, the Irukandji jellyfish has a bell that only reaches a maximum of 25 millimeters across, about the size of a quarter. A species of box jellyfish, they are one of the most venomous jellyfish in the world despite their tiny size.

The lion’s mane jellyfish (featured in the Sherlock Holmes story “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane”) is the largest known species of jellyfish by length, reaching up to 120 feet from the top of the bell to the bottom of the tentacles. This is about the length of 4 school buses, making it longer than a blue whale! Nomura's jellyfish are the largest by weight; they can weigh up to 450 pounds. That’s the weight of a piano!

two images: tiny creature in a test tube and a very large one with long tentacles

Are jellyfish older than dinosaurs?

Jellyfish have been around for more than 500 million years. That means they appeared more than 250 million years before the first dinosaurs. However, because jellyfish are soft-bodied and almost all water, jellyfish fossils are incredibly rare. Of those that do exist, the oldest-known jellyfish fossils, found in Utah, date to 505 million years ago and have enough detail to show clear relationships with some modern species of jellyfish.

a close up of a jellyfish

Like butterflies, jellyfish undergo metamorphosis.

Have you ever wondered what a baby jellyfish looks like? What we usually think of as a jellyfish is called a medusa. Medusas lay eggs. Eggs grow into larva called planula – which have been described as looking like furry tic-tacs – and they start swimming until they find somewhere to stick themselves. Once a planula finds a rock, dock, or other place to attach itself to, it stretches into a tube called a polyp. When a polyp is ready, the tube becomes longer and separates out into a series of snowflake-like discs. Each disc will begin to wiggle then pop off the stack. The disc, called an ephyra, is a baby medusa. It pumps its body to swim away. It can grow an inch every few days until it becomes mature medusa. 

There is a species of jellyfish that is basically immortal.

Now that we’ve talked about the jellyfish life cycle, the real fun can begin. Turritopsis dohrnii, a species of tiny jellyfish discovered in the Mediterranean Sea, can turn from medusas into polyps when damaged or starving. This would be like a butterfly turning back into a caterpillar or a frog turning back into a tadpole. T. dohrnii can go back and forth between its polyp and medusa stages, leading to it being known as “the immortal jellyfish.” Further research shows that other species of jellyfish may be able to reserve-age, too. Studying the cells of these jellyfish has potential uses for medicine.

a clear jellyfish with a bright red center

Some jellyfish get sleepy.

Since they lack a brain, jellyfish have a very different kind of nervous system from many animals. Jellyfish have what are called “nerve nets,” which are loose networks of neurons and sensors spread out across their bodies. Even with this very simple nervous system, jellyfish can carry out a variety of behaviors, including some once thought impossible. A 2017 study showed that one type of jellyfish (Cassiopea, or the upside-down jellyfish) enters a sleep-like state at night and were sluggish when they didn’t get a full night of sleep. This was the first time an animal without a brain was observed sleeping!

a cluster of jellyfish sleeping

Glow-in-the-dark jellyfish revolutionized biotechnology.

Bioluminescence is the ability of living things to make light through chemical processes. The jellyfish species Aequorea victoria, also known as the crystal jelly, glows bright green due to both bioluminescent and fluorescent proteins. The green fluorescent protein (GFP), which glows green under blue light, has since been cloned and inserted into other organisms’ genetic codes, allowing scientists to literally see how genes and cells work. According to Juli Berwald, scientists have used fluorescent proteins made from GFP to see how bacteria divide; how cancer, Alzheimer’s and HIV affect cells; to trace neurological pathways in the brain; to test for diseases like malaria and ebola; to build solar cells, and to make low-temperature, energy-efficient lasers.

bright green glow in the dark jellyfish

Scientists are making robo-jellyfish.

Scientists and engineers have created robotic jellyfish to assist them in studying the ocean. In 2018, Erik Engeberg, an associate professor of engineering at Florida Atlantic University, and his team tested prototypes of a soft-bodied robot that moves like a jellyfish. The robot can monitor and study the underwater environments of coral reefs without harming them, since these robo-jellyfish are quieter and safer for marine life than underwater drones. Dr. Edie Widder developed an electronic jellyfish as a lure to attract large, deep-sea predators. Her e-jelly, which used the bioluminescent patterns of the jellyfish Atolla wyvillei, was used to capture the first video footage of a living giant squid in 2012.

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Want more jellyfish?

Check out these jellyfish live cameras from the Georgia Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Who is TIME’s First Kid of the Year? Get to Know Gitanjali Rao

Who is TIME's First Kid of the Year? Find out in this inspiring interview! 

Who says you have to be an adult to be a scientist? Definitely not this 15-year-old who is taking the world by storm! Orlando Science Center got the chance to chat with Gitanjali Rao.

Gitanjali Rao is a 15-year-old Indian American inventor, author, scientist, S.T.E.M. promoter, and engineer. She is working to solve some of the world’s messiest problems by inventing solutions - like a device that detects lead in drinking water, an app to help prevent cyberbullying, and more!

You've probably heard of TIME's Person of the Year, but for the first time ever, a kid was also chosen. Who is TIME's first Kid of the year? You guessed it, Gitanjali Rao! She was TIME Magazine’s first Kid of the Year, as pictured on the cover of the magazine. She was interviewed by Angelina Jolie and was chosen from more than 5,000 US nominees for the prestigious title of TIME’s Kid of the Year. "If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it," she said.

While she is working to shape and save the future of our world, she has also written a new book entitled A Young Innovators Guide to S.T.E.M. Grab a copy and share it with your favorite aspiring scientist to help unlock their innovator within.

The Orlando Science Center had the pleasure of discussing some topics with Gitanjali. During our conversation, she explains that no matter your age or where you live, anyone can be a S.T.E.M. professional if they are passionate enough. We also had Gitanjali help us celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, by telling us what heritage means to her.

...heritage is a unique and inherited sense of one's identity, passed down from generations. This is what makes us who we are.

Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali also highlights “values, traditions, culture, art, and cooking styles” which help us stay in touch with our heritage. She ends by telling us that she is proud of who she is, and her heritage. She believes everyone should be, too, because that is what makes us... us

Thanks Gitanjali Rao for helping OSC inspire science learning for life, no matter who we are, where we come from, and no matter our age. And a huge thanks for helping us celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. How will you be celebrating this heritage month? Try taking some time to find out what you can do for the community.

Enjoy a COOL Summer of Science at Orlando Science Center

With four floors of air-conditioned exhibits, live shows, and more, spend your summer doing science!

Safety  Guidelines

Limited capacity, timed-entry ticketing, face coverings, social distancing, and frequent sanitizing of exhibits help us provide an engaging environment for everyone while maintaining a focus on health and safety. 


For more information on our health and safety guidelines, please review our full health and safety plan here.


Brand New Exhibits

a life-sized helicopter simulator

RESCUE

Level 2


Scaling down a sheer cliff face, communicating under thunderous chopper blades, squinting through the glare of flashing warning lights...

When disaster strikes, will YOU have what it takes to be a hero?

Whether you’re an anchor breaking the news of a disaster, or part of a search and rescue mission, put your skills to the test!
 
 
A gallery wall with a row of paintings about the enviornment

Fusion: A STEAM Gallery

Level 3

Climate scientists and environmental experts show that when we focus on restoring our Earth, we can solve multiple issues at once. Artists are the ultimate translators of the human condition and can hold deep empathy for the natural systems around us that support our survival.

This multi-media art exhibit highlights a diversity of voices concerned for the future of our planet.


Timed Experiences

Audience in a movie theater

Larger-Than-Life Theaters 

The domed giant-screen Dr. Phillips CineDome and high-definition Digital Adventure Theater both offer educational films daily, and all films are included with general admission.
 
Cool Science live show with liquid nitrogen demonstration super cooling Peeps in a beaker.

COOL Science Shows

From wild animal talks to StoryTime to some literally cool liquid nitrogen demonstrations, check the daily schedule to see all of the exciting live science programming!

Feed Your Mind

Take a break and take a bite with Food Heroes! 

Built and designed to complement the new 4Roots Cafe, this exhibit explores the complexities of our food system and how we can make it more sustainable and healthier for everyone.

Mark Your Calendars

Don't miss these exciting upcoming events:

  • Learn the skills you need to feel empowered to create! Whether you’re a professional maker or exploring a new hobby, everyone has something exciting to learn during Make Fest sponsored by Burns & McDonnell on June 19 & 20!
  • Blast off with Mars Fest on July 17 & 18 as we celebrate the past, present, and future of Mars exploration with astronomy and engineering-themed activities around the Science Center. 
  • If you really dig dinosaurs, join us August 28 & 29 for a Paleontology Party! We’ll learn that the Old West wasn’t all about mining for gold and how some scientists spent their lives searching for undiscovered dinosaur fossils in the American frontier!
Kids acting like dinosaurs

Orlando Science Center Experiences for Adults • Never Stop Learning!

We may host iconic field trips but the Science Center is a great destination for all ages! Check out these Orlando Science Center experiences for adults!

Learning never stops at Orlando Science Center. With four floors of exhibits, films, and live shows, we are proof that there is no shelf life on curiosity and imagination.

In addition to bringing in several large-scale exhibits each year, we offer a rotating schedule of films, both giant screen and digital, and a host of other new experiences.

Safety  Guidelines

Limited capacity, timed-entry ticketing, face coverings, social distancing, and frequent sanitizing of exhibits help us provide an environment for fun and discovery while maintaining a focus on health and safety.


Review our full health and safety plan here.


Theaters

Enjoy extreme films on subjects ranging from nature to science to adventure.

A giant-screen movie showing an image of people on a city street.

Dr. Phillips CineDome

Giant-Screen Theater – Level 1*

Choose a seat and be instantly transported to exotic and interplanetary lands. A projector's fish-eye lens projects onto an 8,000 square-foot screen, creating a 180-degree image that immerses the audience and extends beyond their peripheral vision.

*Wheelchair access located via Level 3.

Guests listening to presenter on stage of Digital Adventure Theater.

Digital Adventure Theater

Immersive Digital Films – Level 2

Dive into the action inside the stadium-seated theater and watch films presented in 2D with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and 7.1 surround sound! This venue is also home to Science Live! Shows, guest speakers, and special presentations offered at various times throughout the year. 


Educational and Hands-On Exhibits

Four floors of exhibit halls feature a vast array of exciting, interactive experiences from down-to-earth explorations in natural science to the high-tech world of simulation technology.

Guests reacting to a sculpture of a microorganism.

Fusion: A STEAM Gallery

See art from a new and exciting perspective as it’s fused together with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

A volunteer holds up a tortoise for guests to get a closer look.

NatureWorks

Take a “hike” across the dynamic ecosystems of Florida and meet live animals from across the globe!

Two guests making crafts together with 3-Doodler pens in The Hive: a Makerspace.

The Hive: A Makerspace

Access to real tools, materials and mentors that will help you turn your creative ideas into reality!


All-New Experiences

Private Experiences for Small Groups

Choose your own adventure and go behind the scenes at your Science Center!

Spend a wild day becoming a keeper in NatureWorks or join the maker movement in a private workshop in our Makerspace. Bookings are limited so reserve your adventure today!

Small Private Experiences group interacting with animal keeper and Captain the parrot.
4Roots cafe

4Roots Cafe

An entirely new concept in dining that will feed both your mind and body by John Rivers, of 4Rivers BBQ and the 4Roots team. Enjoy fresh, locally sourced food that is as tasty as it is good for you.

Tiny Green Home Tours

From sustainability to recycling, this Tiny Green Home is showing us how to make a BIG difference!
 
Tours will be scheduled on select days and times and sign-ups are first come, first served.

Purple Martins House

The Science Center is partnering with Disney’s Animals Sciences & Environment to carry out research on purple martins birds! Learn about this exciting conservation project with tours of their new house.

From animal encounters to live shows to interactive exhibits, Orlando Science Center brings you four floors of affordable, air-conditioned, engaging fun and discovery that will show you wonder never goes out of style.

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Annual memberships to Orlando Science Center include major perks like free admission, free parking, free admission to events like Science Night Live and Otronicon, special member-only previews of exhibits and films, and so much more! 

Orlando Science Center President’s Message • Summer 2021

Science Matters - A Message from Orlando Science Center President & CEO JoAnn Newman


 

As we prepare for summer camps, I am reminded that trusting science is always a good option. Informed by the CDC’s guidelines, Orlando Science Center developed health and safety protocols to reopen safely last June after being closed to the public for three months. By understanding how the virus spreads and following the science, we have been able to engage thousands of curious visitors since then.

Science matters now more than ever. It is an essential tool for protecting the environment, helping people and saving lives. Scientists and medical professionals have confronted this pandemic head on and their expertise and understanding have helped us all navigate these strange and difficult days. Their efforts led to vaccines that have reduced infection rates and shown us the light at the end of the tunnel.

As more people get vaccinated and immunity is strengthened, we are all personally experiencing the fundamental impact science has on our wellbeing. Science literacy not only leads to a better understanding of life’s problems, but it promotes the development of skills to help solve them. Through study and experimentation, we acquire knowledge, which leads to understanding, innovation and ultimately prosperity.

Sincerely,

JoAnn Newman

President/CEO, Orlando Science Center