Melrose Center 3D Printers Put to Work to Create PPE for Orlando Health

During quarantine, a team of makers from Orange County Library System has been using Melrose Center 3D printers and resources to create PPE.

In late March, Otronicon exhibitors Orange County Library System’s Melrose Center had their team investigating ways they could 3D print personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals. Working from home with Melrose Center 3D printers from the Fab Lab (a makerspace in the facility that offers hands-on classes and equipment for DIY projects), the team has been hard at work making visors, ear extenders and tension release bands for medical face shields by 3D printing or molding with liquid acrylic. Budmen Industries, a company that designs and sells 3D printers, provided files to staff to help create these PPE.

Fab Lab Instructor Harold Singh, using supplies at his home makerspace, began the initial process of printing these needed parts. With the help of his daughter, who works in the ICU, he delivered them to Orlando Health. At the same time, Fab Lab Instructor Yesenia Arroyo connected with the Central and South Florida chapters of the nonprofit Open Source COVID-19 Medical Supplies, a group working to connect makerspaces with medical professionals in need around the world. Soon after, the group received information from Orlando Health with details on what equipment could be accepted and work began. 


“The Melrose Center’s Fab Lab team is really happy to be able to join the maker community’s efforts to help our health care workers,” said Jim Myers, Department Head of The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity. “They are a focused and energized bunch, and glad to be in a position to make a small difference. I’m really proud of them.”


Orange County Library System man wearing 3D printed PPE equipment

In early April, Arroyo and fellow Fab Lab Instructors Jennifer Michalicek and Frank Mackey each took home a Melrose Center 3D printer, filament and other supplies from the Fab Lab. Melrose staff now have four printers creating face shield parts, which take around two hours each to complete. Singh has also created a rubber mold of the visor frame and can produce an additional four per hour using liquid acrylic.


After creating and preparing the final products, staff were directed to Orlando Health’s drop off center.  As of April, the team had made and delivered 426 face shield visors, 102 ear extenders and 40 tension release bands. Production is expected to continue, Orange County Library System is privileged to help community medical professionals in this small way.  

Orange County Library System woman works makes PPE equipment for Orlando Health

Orlando Science Center Volunteers Inspire No Matter Where They Are

Orlando Science Center Volunteers Inspire Science Learning For Life!


Volunteer Appreciation Week may have been in April but we want to thank our devoted volunteers all year round for the amazing impact they have on everything we do! Despite the unusual circumstances we face surrounding COVID-19, Orlando Science Center volunteers continue to donate their time and energy to helping inspire science learning for life remotely. Volunteers are the backbone of the Orlando Science Center, and we would not be where we are today without their hard work, enthusiasm, and dedication.

Every day,  Science Center volunteers make a connection with someone which will last a lifetime. Whether they are explaining Newton’s Laws in Kinetic Zone, performing a science-based magic trick to an audience, or helping out behind the scenes — volunteers are the driving force behind our mission to inspire science learning for life.

Over the past year, 2,075 individuals volunteered at Orlando Science Center. These include Event Volunteers, Collegiate Interns, Adult Volunteers, and Catalyst Youth Volunteers. Each team brings their own unique skillsets, experiences, and authenticity to their service. You’ve probably seen them around the building wearing their various colored T-shirts!


These volunteers donated a total of 58,084 hours within the last 12 months. That’s 2,420 days worth of service! In that amount of time, you could read Charles Darwin’s On The Origin Of Species 4,323 times if you read at an average of 250 words per minute. Because alligators have been recorded swimming upwards of 20 miles per hour, an alligator could swim over 1 million miles if it had 58,084 hours to do so (and if it never got tired)!

Orlando Science Center loves tracking data. It helps us define our goals, gives concrete perspective on our impact, and we also find it interesting and exciting! But data doesn’t truly get to the heart of what our volunteers do on a daily basis. Data has a hard time defining the joy on someone’s face when a volunteer helps them create something new. Data doesn’t always show the benefit of admin work completed by our volunteers behind the scenes. And it certainly doesn’t evoke the delight we get working every day with a wonderful team of volunteers.


Our volunteers are committed to making the world better able to tackle complex problems by thinking creatively and collaborating, and helping us move toward a more equitable future by striving for growth.


It is a privilege to work with so many dedicated, hardworking, and amazing volunteers. We hope you will join us in thanking them the next time you interact with someone! You can learn more about volunteering here.

SCOPE Magazine for Science Center Members

Check out the latest issue of SCOPE Magazine!

With so much going on at Orlando Science Center, it's hard to keep track of everything included in your OSC Membership! That's why our team is dedicated to getting our Members the latest exhibit news and goings on at the Science Center.


Science Center Members receive SCOPE Magazine three times per year in the Spring, Summer, and Fall to give them the full scope of what's in store that season. Members also get a granular, up-close view of the month ahead through our monthly Member e-newsletter, MicroSCOPE — get it? 


For more frequent updates, join our OSC Member Community on Facebook! 


Summer 2020 Issue

Flip through the current e-magazine or download it below. 

Summer 2020 Issue

Flip through the current e-magazine or download it below. 

Update for May 15 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions

Update: May 15, 2020


Orlando Science Center is currently closed to the public. Our team is using this time to prepare so we can provide an educational, enjoyable and safe experience for all our members and guests while following safety guidelines from the CDC, state and local governments.


Please stay connected with us through our social media channels and for updates regarding our hours and procedures. Our team is working very hard to get the Science Center ready. We can’t wait to see you!



Statement Regarding Summer Camps

Orlando Science Center will be able to hold summer camps even if the building is not yet open to the public. In addition to developing an engaging and educational curriculum, our team has worked with the American Camp Association and their CDC liaisons to help us design a high quality health and safety plan to support campers and staff.


STEM Summer Camps for May 25-29 have been rescheduled. All Orange County camps will start on June 1. STEM Virtual Camps will also be offered online to serve those campers who can’t physically attend camp. Online Registration for virtual camps will be available by May 20 with these camps beginning June 1.


For more information, please visit


Update: March 20, 2020, 4:00 p.m.


Dear Friends,


We are living through some very challenging days. Circumstances have escalated quickly while other things feel like they’re happening in slow motion. It’s very surreal to look outside and observe these gorgeous spring days while the world is going through such a tumultuous storm of events.


As you may know, Orlando Science Center has closed its doors to the public as a precaution in the interests of public health. We are doing what we can to support our community and I know you are doing what is needed to keep you and your loved ones safe.


It feels odd to see the Science Center empty right now. We are so used to families playing and learning, school buses lining the driveway, and inquisitive people of all ages enjoying those “aha” moments. This loud, busy wonderful place is very, very quiet. But it will be loud again soon.


For now, we are closed until it is safe to be open. When that moment comes, please know we will be here for you. We have been in this community since 1955 and we aren’t going anywhere. My team is spending this time preparing for when we can see each other again to make sure we provide you with the high quality, hands-on experiences you deserve and expect from us.


Even though the public can’t visit us physically, I encourage you to stay connected with us via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and our website. Every day, we are sharing posts to engage with you and your loved ones while you’re at home. We are producing content and recommending activities from peer museums and trusted sources for you to enjoy. And some posts are just fun facts or photos of our animal ambassadors to provide a happy break from current events.


Orlando Science Center is more than just a building in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. It is a community of passionate individuals dedicated to inspiring science learning for life. And that includes all of us, from our amazing OSC team to our members, donors, trustees, partners and volunteers, to each of you, your loved ones and our entire community of students, teachers, families and individuals. Together, we explore and share how science can unlock our potential, solve some of our most complex problems and create endless possibilities for knowledge, success and hope. Thank you so much for your continued trust and support.


Be strong. Be safe. We will see you soon.




JoAnn Newman

President & CEO


Dr. Morgan Cable — Her Story From Science Fairs to Saturn

Dr. Morgan Cable credits her successful career to early exposure to science.

Dr. Morgan Cable, the first-ever grand prize winner of the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition in 1999, has camped atop Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, conducted research in the Atacama Desert in Chile, and has run multiple summer space camps in South Korea. Now, a Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, Morgan focuses on asking questions about possible life in space.


She has worked on multiple projects like the Cassini Mission, which explored the Saturn system for more than 10 years, and as a collaborator on an instrument that will go on NASA’s next mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. Her life story is full of scientific discovery and adventure, which is why she was one of the speakers at Orlando Science Center’s 2018 Galaxy Gala.


D. Morgan Cable was exposed to science at the earliest of ages. Growing up on the Space Coast in Titusville, she recalls “that undoubtedly had an effect on my upbringing, I was able to see numerous rocket launches just from my window!” Her father, a chemist at Kennedy Space Center — and Morgan’s biggest inspiration — always encouraged her to ask questions, and in doing so opened her to a world of exploration. She also credits frequent visits to Orlando Science Center to sparking an interest in science. “I liked that I could play and have fun, but I was also learning something.”


As an 8th grade student, she entered the first Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition with the goal of helping humanity through scientific research. Young Morgan conducted a science project about whether or not she could grow a certain type of bacteria in a Martian environment. She was awarded the grand prize for her efforts.


Morgan heavily credits science competitions and organizations like Orlando Science Center for furthering her interest and passion in STEM learning. She recalls her ‘a-ha’ moment when realizing “wow, there are still so many
questions to be answered, and I could do this for a living!”


According to Morgan, exposing children to science at a young age is the most important thing parents, schools, and institutions can be doing.


“Science can be intimidating if you experience it later in life, if you’re shown it over and over again in a comfortable and fun setting, it becomes so much more approachable for all children. There is a really big mental hurdle in this field of thinking you’re not smart enough or not capable, but I’m here to tell you YES you are!” – Dr. Morgan Cable


Her message for anyone beginning to pursue a career in STEM is this: “No one knows your true potential except you. I have met scientists and engineers for NASA that used to be musicians and then one day decided they wanted to be a scientist and went for it. There is no right way to go about it. As long as you’re passionate about it – do it.”

Central Florida PPE Maker Movement Needs YOU to Join the Cause!

In Central Florida, PPE shortages have brought local Makers together even though we're all staying apart. 

In times of crisis it’s admirable to see how many people are eager to step up and lend a hand. But with so many needs to fill for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), it can be difficult to know where to start, or what you can do to help fill the Central Florida PPE pipeline. Don't get overwhelmed! Everyone is capable of becoming a PPE hero. You just need the right tools and direction. Here are some tips on helping the cause.

Join an existing organization!

There are many organizations that have pulled together and are successfully optimizing their resources. The Maker Effect Foundation and Orlando Face Mask Strong are local responses for Central and South Florida. They work directly with healthcare providers and first responders to ensure they’re creating the supplies that are most in demand and are front line worker-approved designs. Find an organization near you!


There are more way to donate than you think. While financial contributions and face masks are consistent needs, there are many way to contribute to the Central Florida PPE makers.


  1. Loan or donate equipment.
    Many large organizations are accepting equipment such as sewing machines, 3D printers and filament, and laser cutters.
  2. Donate materials.
    Extra fabric, elastic, printer filament, and more can all go to use. If you have materials lying around that may work for PPE, contact the groups above to see if they need them or can point you in the right direction. 
  3. Donate your time and skills.
    Can't sew? No problem! Many nonprofit organizations are in need of volunteers to help with project management  and running materials to keep their operations moving smoothly.
  4. Share it on social.
    Simply spreading awareness can go a long way! Sharing this article or the needs of your local groups on your personal social media outlets can work wonders. You never know who has the skills, equipment, or time to make a huge difference!

Stay Informed!

As situations and supply chains change, the needs of an organization may change as well.


It’s always a good idea to ask what supplies are most in demand. along with Open Source Medical Supplies and Nation of Makers are working together to have a single national database of PPE needs and suppliers to enable more rapid response at scale:


Please remember that not all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is created equally and to do your research to ensure your masks will be as effective as possible.


Here are some medically reviewed PPE Design sites:

Thank you to all of our Central Florida PPE heroes!

2020 – A Vision for the Future of Central Florida’s STEM Workforce

Just imagine – by 2050, your child could wake up to be driven in their autonomous vehicle to work on the Space Coast where humans will be taking off to colonize Mars. Orlando is home to the fastest growing STEM job market in the United States. As our global economy moves closer towards technology and automation, Orlando Science Center works to inspire and prepare the next generation for jobs in industries that may not even exist yet.


Our schools are preparing students academically and so is Orlando Science Center – with exhibits and activities that make learning fun and engaging. But preparing financially for postsecondary education is just as important.


As the newest Corporate Partner of Orlando Science Center, Florida Prepaid is helping to build the future STEM talent pipeline by helping families start saving early for college tuition costs. And now they’re supporting Orlando Science Center’s vision to create prosperity in your community through their generosity.


Technology has the power to create entirely new industries while automating positions that are routine and predictable. Many fear this rapid change in our economy and what that means for the future workforce, but Orlando is poised to grow exponentially during this new industrial revolution. In a new report from the Orlando Economic Partnership, it is anticipated there will be a huge demand not only for more jobs, but jobs that pay more. By 2030, Orlando is projected to create between 254,000 and 482,000 new jobs.


Of course, a career in autonomous vehicles, working on the next mission to Mars, or saving ocean wildlife from plastic contamination will require a new set of skills. K-12 and postsecondary education is a key component for the next generation of STEM workers who will fill these positions and change our world.


But with costs growing, a college education can seem out of reach for the average family. Orlando Science Center’s partner, Florida Prepaid, is a trusted resource that assists Florida families with saving for their child’s future. Florida Prepaid allows you to secure rates for tomorrow’s tuition and save, stress-free.


No one knows what the future holds, but we strive to create a bright future for the next generation and beyond. We thank Florida Prepaid for their generous support of our STEM learning experiences and look forward to the incredible achievements that participating students will accomplish in the future!

Special Offer from Florida Prepaid


Florida Prepaid Plan prices have dropped to their lowest levels in FIVE years— starting at $44/month, and in an effort to provide some financial flexibility for families during these unprecedented times they are waiving application fees and deferring payments for new and current Prepaid Plan customers until July 20, 2020.


We are also pleased to share that Florida Prepaid’s Open Enrollment period which was scheduled to end on April 30 has now been extended to May 31, 2020.

Use promo code OSC1920 to have the $50 application fee waived.

Microexpressions: A Universal Language You Wear on Your Face

A facial expression in a fraction of a second? Microexpressions help us communicate, whether or not we speak the same language!

There are about 6,500 spoken languages in the world. Cultures even have different gestures, like peace signs, that are unique to them. Is there any form of communication in the world that everyone can understand – across languages & cultures? 


Anthropologist Dr. Paul Ekman says yes – facial expressions! He traveled the world studying emotions in other cultures and found that there are seven human facial expressions called microexpressions that are universally understood – happiness, sadness, anger, disgust, contempt, fear, & surprise.


After even more study, Dr. Ekman found that when we experience emotions, we can’t help but display them on our faces, even for a fraction of a second. These glimpses into what we’re truly feeling are called microexpressions. Our brain is so linked to these muscle movements that we can make ourselves feel these emotions by performing the right expressions 

Headshot of Anthropologist Dr. Paul Ekman

Let’s make some faces!  

You will need: 

  • A mirror 
  • Yourself
  • Optional: A partner who you live with or can connect with via video call!

How to practice recognizing microexpressions:

Woman face with neutral expression

Relax your face.

Observe what you look like with no expression – this is your “neutral” face. Note how your muscles feel.

Woman face showing happiness with smile


Smile! Look at your eyes – are your eyelids narrowed? Real smiles combine the contraction of the zygomaticus major at your mouth and the orbicularis oculi at your eyes.


Try to think of a joke and see if your expression changes!  

Woman face showing sadness


Turn your lips down into a frown. Raise your cheeks as high as you can. This part is tricky – see if you can turn the inner corners of your eyebrows upwards.


Notice how your face feels – there’s a lot of tension in a sad face. Do you feel any emotions? 

Woman face showing anger


Tightened eyelids, eyebrows lowered and drawn together, and lips pressed together are displays of anger. In more intense expressions of anger, the jaw comes forward.  

Woman face showing disgust


Think of a nasty smell – what does your face do? Wrinkle your nose, bring your eyebrows down and together, and make your upper lip into an upside down “U” shape.   

Woman face showing contempt


Contempt means thinking that someone is beneath you. It’s not a nice emotion. Raise one corner of your lips and try to look overconfident.


Notice that this is the only emotion displayed unilaterally – on one side of the face only.

Woman face showing fear


Think about being scared – open your eyes wide and tense your lower eyelids. Raise your eyebrows and bring them together. Try to pull the corners of your mouth backward, towards your ears.  

Woman face showing surprise


This expression is very similar to fear – think about being startled! What does your face look like when a balloon pops? There should be less tension in your eyebrows – raise them, but don’t bring them together. Relax your lower eyelids, but keep your eyes wide.


Do you look surprised?  

What did you feel making these expressions? Did you notice any emotions beginning to form? Did any memories surface while you made the faces? Our brains’ emotion centers are very connected with the muscles in our face.  


So what’s the point? 

Dr. Ekman coded each facial muscle movement’s actions into a computer program. His program has been used by law enforcement to help catch criminals, healthcare professionals to better understand their patients, even poker players looking to up their game by reading microexpressions of their competitors! Some actors even study Dr. Ekman’s work to help them portray emotions more truthfully.  


Now that you’ve learned about the muscle movements that create these expressions, you can recognize them better in yourself and other people.  


Want to learn more? 

Check out to learn more about microexpression research!  

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Citizen Scientist Movements You Can Contribute to Through Zooniverse

Add to Scientific Research Projects as a Citizen Scientist!

There are thousands of brilliant scientists with PhDs and decades of experience who are on the cutting edge of science and technology. But that doesn’t mean we can’t all do our part in pushing the field of science further, and thankfully Zooniverse makes this easier (and more fun) than ever! Zooniverse is online collection of scientific projects that everyday citizens – also known as citizen scientists – can take part in.


There are numerous different ongoing experiments that require the eyes, ears, and minds of the masses. Want to join the fight against antibiotic resistance? Or perhaps you want to further research of penguins and their environment? You can even help astronomers find ripples in the very fabric of spacetime! These and even more fantastic projects are taking place right now, and they need YOU to become a citizen scientist to help out!


Check out the main Zooniverse website to explore all the options for citizen scientists or scroll down to check out three projects we think could use your help.

Notes from Nature 

This project allows you to explore the hand-written notes of historical botanists. Help modernize and digitize the important work that scientists from hundreds of years ago embarked on.


Galaxy Zoo 

There are hundreds of billions of galaxies in our observable universe, waaaay too many for astronomers to classify on their own. This is where you come in! Analyze actual photos of distant galaxies that few humans have ever seen, and help us to better understand our universe in the process.


Power to the People 

Close to 1 billion people live without electricity worldwide but fixing this has proven to be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. The only way to solve this problem is to train an AI to identify homes in rural areas but training such a complex algorithm requires the help of hundreds of people... people like you!


We hope you enjoy these citizen scientist projects. Thank you for making a difference and furthering scientific research!

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In these ever-changing times, it is our pleasure to adapt quality Orlando Science Center experiences to engage with everyone while they are safe at home. Please consider supporting our operating fund to ensure we can continue developing resources today and well into the future. Thank you for your generosity and support!

Ying Science Competition Names Two Winners for 2020 Top Prize!

Two teens take home the top prize in the prestigious Ying Science Competition!

A pandemic can’t stop our two decades old tradition of honoring outstanding teen scientists! Since 1999, Dr. Nelson Ying — local scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist — has partnered with Orlando Science Center to celebrate the exemplary achievements of local high school students.


Among the five finalists this year, two projects so impressed Dr. Ying and the judges that these students—Nathan Foo and Ian Henriques — were both named Grand Prize Winners at an awards ceremony held in a Zoom session on Sunday, April 19. Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship, a $1,000 award for his science teacher or mentor, and an additional $1,000 for his school. The other finalists received $1,000 prizes to continue their research.


To compete in the Dr. Ying Science Competition, each entrant must perform a research project that has the ultimate goal of benefiting humanity. Finalists presented their findings during a Zoom session on Saturday, April 18.


Finalists usually defend their research each year before the assembled judges at Orlando Science Center and attend an awards ceremony the next day at Dubsdread Country Club in nearby College Park. Unfortunately, Orlando Science Center has been closed to the public as a public health precaution due to COVID-19. Dr. Ying and Orlando Science Center didn’t want to reschedule this competition so it moved online.


Meet the winners of the 2020 Dr. Ying Science Competition

Nathan Foo is 16 year-old junior at Brevard County’s West Short Jr./Sr. High School. He mechanized a system of “kangaroo care,” which addresses the incubation needs of preterm infants. Using mice as test subjects, Nathan used an Arduino circuit to control a vibration motor, which simulated a mother’s heartbeat, and attached it to a mat. The baby mice sit on the mat and it simulates the skin to skin contact that they would get from their mother, a procedure also known as kangaroo care.


Nathan’s invention could be used in developing countries where incubators for preterm infants were either not affordable or unavailable. He was inspired by his cousin’s experience in Malaysia, who was born premature. Nathan follows in his sister’s footsteps, who won the 2018 Dr. Ying Science Competition. He wants to study statistics and ultimately pursue social entrepreneurship and make a change in the world with his business skills.

Nathan Foo, winner of the 2020 Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition, and family


Ian Henriques is a 16 year-old junior from Seminole County’s Seminole High School. He developed a simple, open source model for controlling drones during natural disasters that conserves fuel and avoids collisions. Ian’s project was inspired by his passion for computer programming. A self-taught programmer, he noticed that most algorithms for controlling drones are proprietary and not available to the public.


Since drones can be used for providing relief during natural disasters, he wanted a simple and efficient way to control them that could be available for use in developing countries. Ian’s research also has commercial applications since it helps to operate drones faster and more efficiently, maximizing benefit and minimizing cost. He is currently in dual enrollment at UCF and would like to ultimately go to MIT for computer engineering.

Ian Henriques, winner of the 2020 Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition, and family

The remaining Ying finalists each received $1,000 prizes

Dr. Ying decided to award the other finalists each with $1,000 cash prizes for their research. The remaining finalists included:


  • Kyle Bramblett, 17 year-old senior from Brevard County’s Titusville High School, for trying to see if an artificial calcite structure could have significant effects on reducing ocean acidification, increasing oyster growth and improving water quality. A Florida Native, Kyle’s project was inspired by his love of the ocean. He realized over the years how murky the water had become due to ocean acidification and designed a way to address it.
  • Varsha Naga, 15 year-old sophomore from Seminole County’s Winter Springs High School, for engineering a nanoparticle coating on catheters to prevent bacteria from adhering to them. This coating reduces the accumulation of biofilm, which ultimately reduces the risk of infection and death. Varsha lost a friend to a catheter-related infection, which inspired her research.
  • Pranav Swaminathan, 17 year-old junior from Volusia County’s Spruce Creek High School, for designing a simple, practical device for vehicles to reduce carbon emissions. Pranav’s project was inspired by smelling the exhaust fumes from a passing car during a childhood bike ride. He realized that every car on the road was producing these emissions and something needed to be done about it. Pranav believes every living thing has a right to breathe clean air.


History of the Ying Competition at Orlando Science Center

Dr. Nelson Ying is a longtime supporter of Orlando Science Center. After sponsoring numerous exhibits and serving on the board, he decided to try something new. He wanted to support the Science Center’s mission to inspire science learning for life while also creating an opportunity to encourage exceptional science achievement among young people.


He and Fred Curtis, another long-time Science Center volunteer and donor, started the Dr. Ying Science Competition in 1999. Ying hopes to inspire young people to become good role models and successful world-changers by leveraging their passion for science. Dr. Ying’s son, Nelson Jr., now oversees the competition with Ying and Curtis in collaboration with Orlando Science Center. Past winners of the Dr. Ying Science Competition have gone onto prestigious universities, such as MIT and Johns Hopkins, and fascinating STEM careers, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.