Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition

Next Competition: April 16–18, 2021

Local scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Nelson Ying has partnered with Orlando Science Center since 1999 to celebrate local students’ exemplary achievements through the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. 

Students submit research papers to be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges and can earn up to $5,000, plus additional awards for their schools and teachers.

This competition is open to individual students in Grades 9–12. Projects can be classified into a wide range of STEM topics, but they always have one thing in common: the goal to help humanity through scientific research.

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s science competitions, please call our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email competitions@osc.org.

Application Deadline:
March 18, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Resources

2020 Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Finalists

Kyle Bramblett, Titusville High School,
for trying to see if an artificial structure could have significant effects on oyster growth, increasing oyster spats, and improving water quality. 

Nathan Foo, West Shore Junior/Senior High School, for testing to see if mechanically simulated kangaroo care is an efficient and feasible method for treating preterm babies.

Ian Henriques, Seminole High School, for devising a simple, adaptive model for controlling drones for service during natural disasters in a way that conserves fuel and avoids collisions.

Varsha Naga, Winter Springs High School, for developing a technique to reduce the risk of infectious deaths in patients with central venous catheters.

Pranav Swaminathan, Spruce Creek High School, for designing a low cost and practical device for motorcycles that can be used to reduce emissions.