A Message from JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of Orlando Science Center
We believe a stronger understanding of science and technology helps to create prosperity in our community while empowering all to transform themselves and the world. That’s why our mission at Orlando Science Center is to inspire science learning for life. We are masters at developing iconic experiences that can unlock infinite possibilities for all ages.
From toddlers to teens to adults, our team is adept at creating opportunities to inspire and engage audiences as they learn essential 21st Century skills. Beginning with our youngest learners, we have infused exhibit experiences with opportunities for engaging and skill-building. For example, our KidsTown exhibit is filled with seven zones brimming with hands-on activities that encourage exploration while involving caregivers in their children’s skill development.
We have also leveraged our expertise with early childhood learning to provide advanced STEM learning techniques through our onsite Preschool, which has been a model for the region for the past decade. We have since moved beyond our walls with a comprehensive early childhood education program called Ignite Discovery, which supports children, caregivers and educators throughout Central Florida.
As children grow and move beyond the experiences in KidsTown, they can explore four floors of exhibits focused on inspiring the next generation of problem solvers. Going beyond these experiences, we have created proactive opportunities to prepare our youth for STEM careers that have not even been thought of yet. Our youth volunteer program has been completely reimagined to offer mentorship and career shadowing to help strengthen their workforce readiness while they also gain experience interacting with visitors.
A passion for learning doesn’t stop once a student concludes their formal education. From exhibits like the world premiere of Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind and the Machine to creative workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace, presented by the Isaacs Family, adults have myriad opportunities to indulge their curiosity and expand their skills. In addition, adults-only events like Science Night Live mix entertainment with distinguished guest speakers and educational opportunities.
From cradle to career, Orlando Science Center is here to provide pathways for learners of all ages. Exhibits, events, and experience at Orlando Science Center ignite curiosity and stimulate innovation, which can lead to greater prosperity for everyone.
President & CEO of Orlando Science Center