Catalyst Scholars

Catalyst Scholars dedicate multiple semesters of service to Orlando Science Center while working on STEM projects which utilize their critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills.

Scholars have the opportunity to understand how Orlando Science Center meets our mission to inspire science learning for life by working closely with staff members and industry professionals.

The inaugural year welcomed the Catalyst Pritchard Scholars into the NatureWorks exhibit. The Catalyst Pritchard Scholars were dedicated to conservation education, learning about the diverse animals and habitats of Florida’s native and invasive species, while providing hands-on learning opportunities for Orlando Science Center visitors.


2018-2019 Catalyst Pritchard Scholar

Esha, a Catalyst Scholar, holding an animal ambassador for guests to interact with.

How will you use what you learned in the program to help further your educational or career goals?


I have learned that communication is key! Whether it’s an animal communicating to the keeper, the keepers communicating with each other, or even the environmental scientists communicating to politicians writing policies. It’s important to build skills around how we communicate and relate to each other.



Do you have any recommendations to future Catalyst Scholars?


Do not be afraid to take every opportunity given to you. Be an opportunist!


2018-2019 Catalyst Pritchard Scholar

Angela, Catalyst Scholar, interacting with children in NatureWorks

Why did you join the scholars program?


After volunteering for two years and experiencing the best summer of my life interning at the Science Center, I knew I wanted to continue my progression at OSC! A weekend doesn’t feel complete without a day spent at Orlando Science Center.



How will you use what you learned in the program to help further your educational or career goals?


This experience has been similar to a job. I’ve become more comfortable in situations where I don’t know what to do, asking for help when necessary, and understanding how to connect the importance of conservation to my future goals in college. I plan to use all the things I’ve learned when I attend Wake Forest University this year!

To learn more about how you can become a Catalyst Scholar, email

The Orlando Science Center is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. It is the policy of the Orlando Science Center to provide equal opportunities to all qualified applicants and to administer all aspects and conditions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected-class status.