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! 


 

Spring 2021 Issue

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

Orlando Science Center Sloth Swings In To Say Hi

Meet Lina! The Orlando Science Center sloth who will be hanging out with guests soon!

We are sooooooo excited to introduuuuuce you to one of our neeeeeeeewestt Animal Ambssssssssadors–Linaaaaaaa. To help you get to know Orlando Science Center's sloth, Lina, our Animal Handlers answered a few quick questions about this slow mover. 

 

What kind of sloth is Lina?

Lina is a Linneaus’ Two-toed Sloth. There are two groups of sloths, two-toed and three-toed. Both types have three claws, or ‘toes’, on their hind limbs. You could call the ‘two-toed’ sloth the ‘two-fingered’ sloth as the difference between them can be found on their front limbs.

How does Lina like Orlando Science Center? 

Lina loves her home and her Animal Handlers. She is great during her check-ups, will hold still while we put lotion on her feet or look in her ears and eyes. Self- care, or in this case, sloth-care is very important. She also is very interested in bright colors, and sometimes gets distracted in a room with bright green or red walls.

How can I meet Lina?

Lina has been helping us prepare for our all-new, state-of-the-art nature and conservation exhibit LIFE, which will open in 2022. She will live in the rainforest zone and hang around overhead for all Orlando Science Center guests to see when they visit. Until then, she will remain behind-the-scenes learning the ropes.

To help her get accustomed to being around all of our Members when the new exhibit opens, she will be participating in our Private Experiences NatureWorks tours as a special animal ambassador!

*Please note, animal well-being is our top priority, so if Lina does not want to participate in that day’s private experiences, our staff will select another exciting animal ambassador for you to meet!

Image of two-toed sloth at Orlando Science Center.

How much time does Lina spend hanging out? 

Sloths spend approximately 90% of their lives hanging upside down. As a result, sloths have evolved and their organs are also upside down! Because their organs are attached to their rib cage, they don’t weigh down on the lungs.

How slow is Lina?

The sloth’s nature allows it to conserve energy, moving slower than any other mammal on the planet. Sloths generally travel no more than 125 feet in a single day, and on the rare occasion that they find themselves at ground level, they crawl only one foot per minute. However, they can climb very quickly, and move up to three times faster when they swim! 

How Tax Benefits of the CARES Act Affects Your Donation to Orlando Science Center

Learn more about the tax benefits of the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is designed to help donors like you, businesses, and nonprofit organizations facing economic hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. Some provisions are set to expire at the end of the year.

The CARES Act expands charitable giving incentives and allows taxpayers who take the standard deduction to make up to $300 of charitable contributions to qualified charities in 2020. While it may seem like that amount is not enough to make a difference, if all of our donors gave $300 this support would have an immense impact on our organization.

 

Donors who opt to itemize their deductions may receive a tax deduction for qualified charitable contributions up to 100% of their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) under the CARES Act. Therefore, cash donations made in 2020 to registered 501(c)(3) charities, such as Orlando Science Center, will have enhanced benefits for donors and provide deeper support to organizations.

We are incredibly humbled and grateful for your continued support during this unprecedented time. Please contact Chris Barton, Vice President of Development, at cbarton@osc.org or by phone at 407-514-2020 to discuss your charitable goals and learn how your support can help Orlando Science Center fulfill its mission and continue serving our community as an essential resource for all.

You should consult your qualified tax or experienced financial advisor to determine how the CARES Act may apply to you.

The Best Educational Gifts in Orlando for Science Lovers!

Tired of gifts that will be outgrown or outdated in 3 months? Check out these gifts instead. They may be hard to wrap, but learning and discovery never go out of style!

Are you having trouble finding a gift for that hard to shop for person on your list? We all have *that* person and we have the perfect gift for youThis year, ditch the plastic packaging, and gift a fun and educational experience! 

When you share an experience from Orlando Science Center, you're not just giving a gift. You're making a memory. You're supporting your local community. You're making a difference.  

Whether they're an animal lover or an aspiring scientist, here are some of the most engaging, educational, and unforgettable experiences in Orlando! 

Get, gift, or renew a membership

We've got fun down to a science! Orlando Science Center members receive a multitude of benefits like unlimited general admission and free parking, including access to blockbuster exhibit Pompeii: The Immortal City, plus discounts on food and beverages, merchandise, camp programs, special events, and more! 

Already a member? Consider gifting or renewing a membership! Members receive a 10% discount on gifted memberships and early renewals. 

Support Orlando Science Center with membership

Private Experiences

Private Experiences are more than tours… they’re fully immersive and hands-on adventures that allow you to take a deeper dive into the inner workings of your Science Center!

Become a maker and bring your imagination to life in The Hive: A Makerspace, or have a wild adventure in NatureWorks while getting to know one of our Animal Ambassadors!

A family with young children explores animals together in the NatureWorks exhibit.

Kids Night at the Museum

Kids Night at the Museum is the coolest event of the holiday season! Youth ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to chill at OSC for an evening of fun.

Join us Saturday, January 16, for enhanced programming, exploring exhibit halls, and dinner, and a live show, and more!

This event has a limited capacity and SELLS OUT, so add this awesome early gift for the little scientist on your list! 

two girls playing with lights

Pompeii: The Immortal City

Were your travel plans canceled this year? No worries! Leave your passport at home, and book a trip back in time! 

Through artifacts, interactive mechanical devices, and multimedia experiences, immerse yourself in the majesty of the ancient city of Pompeii.

Orlando is one of only three sites in the United States to host Pompeii: The Immortal City. This remarkable exhibit is at the Science Center for a limited run through January 24!

Family group looking at a Pompeii era statue together.

Lights, Camera, Action

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.

Or, get into the holiday spirit with a festive Laser Light show in the Dr. Phillips CineDome!

These dazzling light shows are included with general admission for a limited time. Check out the daily schedule for showtimes and other exciting activities around the building!  

T rex covered in green lights

Adopt-A-Star

Give a gift that really shines! If you are seeking a unique and meaningful gift idea that supports a cause, consider adopting a star in a loved one’s name.

Each of the stars in our Adopt-A-Star Program is visible from Orlando at some point throughout the year and bright enough to be seen in the night sky.

This year give a gift that will last a lifetime. Give the gift of science! Plus, your generous support will help us to continue inspiring science learning for life for curious minds of all ages. 

Adopt A Star Brochure

Little girl looking through a telescope

Lunch in Pompeii • A Free Virtual Speaker Series in Partnership with UCF College of Sciences

Grab a sandwich or some coffee, and let's have lunch. In Pompeii! 

Travel plans canceled this year? Go back in time with “Lunch in Pompeii”, a free speaker series held through Zoom. Hosted between 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., take a nice break from work or school, and tune in to learn about some of the artifacts that can be found in our latest exhibit Pompeii: The Immortal City.        

This collaboration with UCF and the Orlando Science Center started in 2019 with the launch of Knight at the Museum, a speaker series hosted at OSC. Lunch in Pompeii continues this partnership with a virtual speaker series to meet the needs of today's world and social distancing. These subject matter experts will help give us a uniquely in-depth look at various topics related to the exhibit. 

This speaker series is FREE, but you must RSVP to receive the Zoom link and login details.

*This series is recommended for students 13 years and older but younger students are welcome to join.   

How Metal Shaped Pompeii and the Roman Empire

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Metals were a fundamental part of Roman life, providing a wide range of weapons, coins, implements and jewelry. Given the scarcity of metals in Roman provinces, demand for these precious resources drove previously unprecedented scales of interaction and trade that affected linked Rome, including major trading centers like Pompeii, to the Roman provinces and beyond.

Dr. Joseph Lehner will examine how metal production and trade shaped the Roman world, and how the archaeological study of these materials give us extraordinary insight into not only the mechanics of the empire but also the daily lives of people who once lived there.

Lunch in Pompeii with Joseph-W.-Lehner
Dr. Joseph W. Lehner Ph.D.

Dailies and Delicacies: Getting a Taste of Pompeii

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Dine like the ancient Pompeii citizens in a gustatio, a light lunch of starters! Our meals and the meals of those before us are very different. Here, you can attend a virtual tasting of daily fresh breads, drink a full-bodied raisin wine or posca, a cold, watered-down vinegar, and savor herbed olives in oil. Sounds delectamenti!

Dr. Lana Williams will give us a taste of why our modern system of tastes that seem so “naturally” preferable to us are very different from those of the past. The perfect meal of ancient Pompeii and the Roman World was one where all the tastes, and therefore all the virtues, would be simultaneously present.

Lunch in Pompeii with lana Williams
Dr. Lana Williams, Ph.D.

Fleeing Pompeii: Bodies Frozen in Time

Thursday, December 10, 2020

When the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius hit Pompeii in 79AD, its ash formed a protective shield around the bodies of the citizens. This created a type of mummification. Pompeiians are now called “ash mummies” due to the intactness of bodies.

Dr. Sandra Wheeler dives into how and why these preserved bodies provide several different insights into the deaths, but also the lives of every day Pomepiians.

Lunch in Pompeii with Sandra Wheeler
Dr. Sandra Wheeler Ph.D.

Learning From Lasers: Uncovering Pompeii With Chemical Laser Analysis

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Lasers and Pompeii? Ancient and modern worlds collide in this presentation by Dr. Matthieu Baudelet. As an associate professor of Chemistry at UCF, Baudelet specializes in laser-based spectroscopy for forensic analysis.

Lunch in Pompeii with Matthieu Baudelet
Dr. Matthieu Baudelet Ph.D

Pompeii: The Immortal City is on display at Orlando Science Center from October 26, 2020 - January 24, 2021. Get your timed-entry tickets today!

Pompeii: the Immortal City Exhibit - Premiering October 26, 2020

Bank of America Offers Free Admission to Cardholders for Museums on Us Weekends

The first full weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill and Private Bank credit and debit cardholders can receive free admission to Orlando Science Center on Saturdays and Sundays through the Museums on Us program!

How to Reserve your Museums on Us Tickets

All visitors are required to reserve their tickets online in advance. To gain free entry through this program, please follow the steps below.

  1. Click here to locate Orlando Science Center and select our name for the promo code.
  2. Purchase tickets online here and enter the promo code in the upper right corner.

     *Note, the promotion is valid for the credit or debit cardholder only and does not include others in their group.

  3. Visit the Science Center at the time and date you selected! Your Bank of America, Merrill or Private Bank debit or credit card and a matching photo ID must be presented upon admission for entry.


For questions about the Museums on Us program or locating the promo code, please email
museums@bofa.com for assistance. 

Upcoming Bank of America Weekend Dates and Exhibitions

Pompeii: The Immortal City

  • November 7 & 8, 2020
  • December 5 & 6, 2020
  • January 2 & 3, 2021

  • February 6 & 7, 2021

Planet Pioneers

  • March 6 & 7, 2021
  • April 3, 2021

About Museums on Us

Museums on Us weekends includes access to Orlando Science Center's four floors or exhibits and experiences such as giant-screen films, workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace (ages 8+), and so much more! 

Eligibility

Offer is open to all Bank of America and Merrill Lynch debit and credit card holders and is valid for one complimentary general admission per cardholder. Non-cardholders, including children, are not eligible for free admission

Both the credit or debit card and matching photo ID must be presented at the time of the visit to gain free entry. 

The Science Center is operating at limited capacity and requiring timed-entry tickets be reserved online in advance for all visitors and Members. Please review our health and safety guidelines in advance to plan your visit osc.org/reopening-plan.

Orlando Science Center thanks Bank of America for their continued partnership and support of their Museums on Us program for the last two decades. We value their outstanding dedication to providing communities enriching learning experiences.

Want FREE Admission to Orlando Science Center All Year Long?
Become a Member Today!

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders receive 10% off of an annual membership when they buy during Museums on Us weekends!

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! 

Armstrong Family Donation of Historical Artifacts Lands at OSC

SpaceKids Global Delivers Piece of Original Wright Brothers Flyer to OSC

Through the generosity of Mark Armstrong and Rick Armstrong, sons of Janet and Neil Armstrong, Sharon Hagle, founder of SpaceKids Global, has donated to Orlando Science Center fabric from the wing of the Wright Brothers’ first airplane which Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, took with him on the Apollo 11 Mission along with an original Apollo 11 mission patch. The pieces will be placed on display near the Science Center’s Flight Lab. SpaceKids Global and Orlando Science Center partner on opportunities to inspire the next generation of space explorers.

The Wright Flyer wing fabric accompanied Mark and Rick Armstrong’s father into space on Apollo 11. After returning to Earth, Armstrong delivered a portion of the wing to the Smithsonian Institute and was allowed to keep the remainder for his personal collection. Neil’s sons decided to donate this gift with others to spread a message of exploration and discovery. SpaceKids Global and the Armstrongs agreed that the donation would be permanently displayed at Orlando Science Center.

 

“We created SpaceKids Global to inspire elementary students and empower young girls in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and the Environment,” Hagle said.

“This fabric represents the beginning of flight, and the power of science. Neil Armstrong took these pieces of the wing with him on his trip to the moon which is so timely with all of Central Florida’s significant involvement in the space program historically and currently. Orlando Science Center shares our dedication to science and space so what better partner to help us engage tomorrow’s astronauts?”

 

SpaceKids Global donation to JoAnn Newman

The fabric being donated was excised from Armstrong’s own section of the wing cloth, certified and encapsulated that it has been flown twice: December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and July 20, 1969 at Tranquility Base on the moon. The Apollo 11 Mission Patch was only issued to NASA and the Apollo 11 crew: Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

“Orlando Science Center is extremely grateful to Sharon, SpaceKids Global and the Armstrong Family for the donation of these amazing, historical artifacts,” said JoAnn Newman. “Both pieces dramatically represent the great strides we’ve made in aviation and space exploration. We will display them proudly and use these pieces of history to spark future generations’ curiosity and desire to pursue space exploration.”

SpaceKids Global donation of Wright Brother airplane wing piece of fabric
SpaceKids Global donation of Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 NASA patch

Support Your Science Center • Ways to Help OSC and Local Businesses in Tough Times

Now more than ever, we need your help! Check out a few ways to support your Science Center and the Central Florida community.

Orlando Science Center has been open since June 15 after having been closed for the prior three months. Most of our revenue-generating programs were canceled or postponed during that time.
 
We have modified our experience with new health and safety guidelines, which includes limiting occupancy. Since summer is historically our busiest time of the year, these changes, and the current situation, greatly restrict our ability to recover these lost funds.
 
We need your help to keep the Science Center moving full STEAM ahead.
 
We know everyone is facing challenges right now, but if you are able to support Orlando Science Center through any of the following ways, we would be so grateful.

Get, gift, or renew a membership

We've got fun down to a science! Orlando Science Center members receive a multitude of benefits including unlimited general admission and parking, discounts on food and beverages, merchandise, camp programs, special events, and more! 

Already a member? Consider gifting or renewing a membership! Members receive a 10% discount on gifted memberships and early renewals. 

Support Orlando Science Center with membership

Come Say Hi! 

Whether you stay for a while or your visit is brief, there is plenty to SEA and do with educational movies, fun science demos, and meeting our animal ambassadors! Check out these upcoming events: 

  • Pompeii: The Immortal City- Through artwork, artifacts, interactive mechanical devices, and multimedia experiences, you will embark on a journey through time into the daily life of a first-century Roman town.
  • Kids Night at the Museum- Caregivers are invited to drop their youths ages 5 - 12 at OSC to explore exhibits, experience enhanced programming, and enjoy dinner and a film. Safety guidelines include age-appropriate small groups, social distancing, and masks. Caregivers can enjoy a stress and child-free evening. 
Visit OSC

Make a donation

Your support of Orlando Science Center, a nonprofit serving Central Florida for over 60 years, improves science knowledge, breaks down barriers to access, and creates prosperity in our community for generations to come.

Help us accomplish our mission to inspire science learning for life by donating below or by texting STEM to 243725.

 

Spread the Word

Help us spread the word by sharing this message with your friends and family.

Orlando Science Center is here to inspire science learning for life.

Whether it’s an A-HA moment on the exhibit floor or the satisfaction of building a bridge out of straws that holds up under intense weight, these interactions with the Science Center change us. 

Our world is facing extraordinary and complex challenges – from saving our natural world, to curing deadly diseases, to space travel, and beyond. The only way to solve these critical issues is through the power of education. The future holds unlimited possibilities and we are so proud to partner with you on this journey of learning, providing opportunities to create, explore, and invent together.

Thank you for your trust, unwavering support, and continued investment. We simply couldn’t do it without you!

Black Innovators in STEM Who Changed the World

You’ve probably heard of Einstein- now meet some of the lesser-known Black innovators in STEM fields. 

The history of STEM fields is full of amazing accomplishments. Names like Newton, Darwin, Hawking, Curie, and Goodall bring to mind incredible discoveries and inventions. But there are many Black innovators in STEM who's names we don’t mention as often and are usually ignored, even though they are associated with accomplishments that are no less impressive and important. The work of Black scientists, engineers, and mathematicians has led to game-changing discoveries and inventions. 
 
From inspirational “firsts” that changed the STEM field forever to those making their mark on the world today, here are 11 Black scientists, engineers, and mathematicians that you should know about. This list is in alphabetical order by last name and is by no means exhaustive. There are far too many important people to list in one post, and Black innovators in STEM who continue to undertake significant scientific research every day.

Dr. Stephon Alexander is a theoretical physicist and professor at Brown University who specializes in string theory and particle physics.

He co-invented a model that helps to explain the early expansion of the universe, served as the scientific advisor on Ava DeVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, and currently serves as the President of the National Society of Black Physicists.

As an accomplished saxophone player, Alexander also explores interconnections between music, physics, mathematics, and technology, topics he explores in his best-selling book, The Jazz of Physics.

Black innovators in STEM- Dr. Stephon Alexander

George Washington Carver, arguably the most famous Black scientist and inventor, was born into slavery.

He was accepted into Highland College in Kansas, but ultimately denied admission due to his race. He went on to be the first Black student at Iowa State Agricultural College, where he became known as a brilliant botanist (a scientist who studies plants). He is best known for coming up with over 100 uses for the peanut.

In addition, as the head of the Tuskegee Institute’s agricultural department, he also helped develop crops and agricultural methods that stabilized the livelihoods of many former slaves. He also contributed greatly to the education of Black Americans in universities and through mobile classrooms that brought lessons to farmers.

Black innovators in STEM- George Washington Carver

Dr. Marie M. Daly was a biochemist and the first Black woman to obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry in the United States.

She made several critical contributions to medicine, including the discovery of the relationship between high cholesterol and heart disease and conducting pioneering research into the effects of cigarette smoke on the lungs. Her work created a new understanding of how food, diet, and lifestyle can affect heart health.

In addition to her research, Daly taught biochemistry courses, advocated for getting Black students enrolled in medical schools and graduate science programs, and started a scholarship for minority students to study science at Queens College in New York.

Black innovators in STEM- M. Daly

Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr is a theoretical physicist known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory.

In 1984, he co-authored Superspace, the first comprehensive book on the topic of supersymmetry. Born the oldest of four children in Tampa, FL, Gates spent his teen years in Orlando, attending Jones High School—his first experience in a segregated African-American school. Comparing his own school's quality to neighboring white schools, "I understood pretty quickly that the cards were really stacked against us." Nevertheless, a course in physics established Gates' career interest in that field, especially its mathematical side. At his father's urging, he applied for admission to MIT and was accepted.

His doctoral thesis was the first at MIT on supersymmetry. Gates served on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and is a past president of the National Society of Black Physicists. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, becoming the first African-American theoretical physicist so recognized in its 150-year history. President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Science, the highest award given to scientists in the U.S., in 2013. He is an honorary member of Orlando Science Center’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr

Dr. Aprielle Ericcson-Jackson is an award-winning aerospace engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and one of the most famous women working at NASA today.

Throughout her career at NASA Goddard, she has made many notable contributions, including as the projector manager for the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that has been orbiting the Moon since 2009.

She has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Minority Women in Science and Engineering by the National Technical Association and has received the NASA Goddard Honor Award for Excellence in Outreach, the Washington Award for engineering achievements that advance the welfare of mankind, and a Science Trailblazers award from the Black Engineers of the Year Award Conference.

Dr. Aprielle Ericcson-Jackson

Zora Neale Hurston – who grew up in Eatonville, Florida – was a renowned author and anthropologist.

She became a member of the Harlem Renaissance in New York. At Columbia University, she worked with Franz Boas, the Father of American Anthropology. As an anthropologist, she embedded herself in the communities she studied, focusing on and writing about the religious traditions, songs, and folklore of Black communities in Florida, Louisiana, Haiti, and Jamaica.

Her anthropological work influenced her fiction, most notably the classic and influential novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Her anthropological work was published in academic journals and books.

Zora Neale Hurston

Katherine Johnson was one of the famous Hidden Figures who worked at NASA and made the 1969 moon landing possible.

After working as a teacher in public schools, she joined NASA (then NACA) as a research mathematician in the Langley laboratory’s all-Black West Area Computing section. There, she analyzed data from flight tests and went onto do trajectory analysis for the first human spaceflight. In 1962, she used geometry for space travel and figured out the paths for spacecraft to orbit around Earth and land on the Moon. This led to an astronaut successfully orbiting around the Earth for the first time.

She continued to work for NASA, with her calculations helping to send astronauts to the Moon and back. When asked to name her greatest contribution to space exploration, she chose her calculations that helped synch Project Apollo’s Lunar Module with the lunar-orbiting Command and Service Module.

Katherine Johnson
Dr. Percy Julian was a pioneering chemist who made several game-changing discoveries.
 
He completed the first total synthesis of a chemical called physostigmine, which was used to treat glaucoma. He also discovered how to extract steroids from soybean oil and synthesize the hormones progesterone and testosterone from them, and then synthesized cortisone, which became used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, he invented Aero-Foam, which was widely used during World War II to put out oil and gas fires.
 
In 1973, he became the first Black chemist elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Chemical Society recognizes his synthesis of physostigmine as “one of the top 25 greatest achievements in the history of American chemistry.”
Dr. Percy Julian

Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele is a neurologist and professor at the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

His focus is on reducing the burden of stroke in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly focused on improving outcomes for vulnerable populations – including ethnic minorities and military veterans – at risk for stroke, and oversees several National Institutes of Health-funded research programs to this effect. This includes the largest study of stroke in Sub-Saharan African to date.

As a professor, he has worked to train, mentor, and inspire people from groups who are under-represented in medicine. He has been appointed the Associate Dean of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and acts as their Chief of Staff.

Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a celebrated clinical psychologist, notable educator, and a nationally recognized authority on racial issues in America.

As a clinical psychologist, she devoted her career to studying how race impacts self-understanding, particularly in relation to education. She has also been a prominent voice in research showing that young children notice race and has argued that it is something that should be openly and honestly discussed with them instead of ignored. As part of this work, she has called for discussions of race in the classroom, has published the book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and has given lectures across the country.

In 2014, she received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Dr. Warren Washington is a distinguished climate scientist and former chair of the National Science Board.

After completing his Ph.D. in meteorology, he became a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). While there, he developed one of the first atmospheric computer models of Earth’s climate. He went on to become the head of NCAR’s Climate Change Research Section.

Washington has been recognized as an expert in atmospheric science, climate research, and the computer modeling of these, receiving multiple presidential appointments to serve on committees, being elected chair of the National Science Board in 2002 and 2004, and receiving numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science in 2009.

Dr. Warren Washington

Learn more! 

There are countless more Black innovators in STEM fields to meet: 

Dr. Phillips Charities Presents 2020 Leadership Award to OSC

The Board of Directors of Dr. Phillips Charities has awarded the 2020 Dr. Phillips Leadership Award to Orlando Science Center.

In the innovative and philanthropic tradition of their founders, Dr. P. Phillips, his wife Della and their son Howard, the Dr. Phillips Leadership Award, which includes a donation of $250,000, honors nonprofit organizations that demonstrate community leadership, financial stewardship, and sustainable and impactful programs that change lives.

“We are proud to bestow the 2020 Dr. Phillips Leadership Award on JoAnn Newman and the Board of Directors of the Orlando Science Center,” said Kenneth Robinson, President of Dr. Phillips Charities. “They and their team have developed engaging, sustainable science programs and opportunities that help build essential skills and inspire current and future generations to pursue important STEM careers.”

The Dr. Phillips name has been a major economic and philanthropic presence in the Central Florida community since the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Phillips Charities honors the legacy of the Phillips family and its support of organizations that live up to their motto “to help others help themselves” by donating millions of dollars to more than 100 local charities.

Beyond its community impact, the award acknowledges Orlando Science Center and its leadership for their dedication to quality educational experiences by consistently premiering new exhibit areas, expanding resources and STEM learning opportunities, and fostering an environment that simulates creativity and innovation. Recipients receive the award and a $250,000 donation to their organization.

“From our first gift in 1958 to the Dr. Phillips CineDome and our recent support of the Orange Grove in KidsTown, Dr. Phillips Charities has been a longtime partner with Orlando Science Center,” said James Ferber, Chair of the Board for Dr. Phillips Charities. “Having given more than $4 Million in support of their mission and programs, we have seen their commitment to igniting innovation, and to enhancing lives in our community.”

Since 1955, Orlando Science Center has brought together diverse audiences of all ages to discover and explore science learning through immersive experiences. We are dedicated to sharing opportunities that show the relevance of science to people’s lives and create a better understanding of the world around them.

“For 65 years, Orlando Science Center has helped build important skills for the leaders and problem solvers of tomorrow. Science is the key to addressing some of our country’s greatest challenges, whether it’s returning Americans to space or combatting a global pandemic,” Newman said. “Partners like Dr. Phillips Charities are essential to help us as we advance our mission and inspire future generations. Together, we can change the world."