Orlando Science Center President’s Message • Summer 2021

A message from the president


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.


JoAnn Newman

President/CEO, Orlando Science Center