Orlando Science Center Volunteers Inspire No Matter Where They Are

Orlando Science Center Volunteers Inspire Science Learning For Life!

 

Volunteer Appreciation Week may have been in April but we want to thank our devoted volunteers all year round for the amazing impact they have on everything we do! Despite the unusual circumstances we face surrounding COVID-19, Orlando Science Center volunteers continue to donate their time and energy to helping inspire science learning for life remotely. Volunteers are the backbone of the Orlando Science Center, and we would not be where we are today without their hard work, enthusiasm, and dedication.

Every day,  Science Center volunteers make a connection with someone which will last a lifetime. Whether they are explaining Newton’s Laws in Kinetic Zone, performing a science-based magic trick to an audience, or helping out behind the scenes — volunteers are the driving force behind our mission to inspire science learning for life.

Over the past year, 2,075 individuals volunteered at Orlando Science Center. These include Event Volunteers, Collegiate Interns, Adult Volunteers, and Catalyst Youth Volunteers. Each team brings their own unique skillsets, experiences, and authenticity to their service. You’ve probably seen them around the building wearing their various colored T-shirts!

 

These volunteers donated a total of 58,084 hours within the last 12 months. That’s 2,420 days worth of service! In that amount of time, you could read Charles Darwin’s On The Origin Of Species 4,323 times if you read at an average of 250 words per minute. Because alligators have been recorded swimming upwards of 20 miles per hour, an alligator could swim over 1 million miles if it had 58,084 hours to do so (and if it never got tired)!

Orlando Science Center loves tracking data. It helps us define our goals, gives concrete perspective on our impact, and we also find it interesting and exciting! But data doesn’t truly get to the heart of what our volunteers do on a daily basis. Data has a hard time defining the joy on someone’s face when a volunteer helps them create something new. Data doesn’t always show the benefit of admin work completed by our volunteers behind the scenes. And it certainly doesn’t evoke the delight we get working every day with a wonderful team of volunteers.

 

Our volunteers are committed to making the world better able to tackle complex problems by thinking creatively and collaborating, and helping us move toward a more equitable future by striving for growth.

 

It is a privilege to work with so many dedicated, hardworking, and amazing volunteers. We hope you will join us in thanking them the next time you interact with someone! You can learn more about volunteering here.

From Otronicon Attendee to Event Producer: An OSC Intern’s Story

Jesslyn Parrish walked into Otronicon 2019 to see some of her professors’ STEM research projects in action. She walked out as a future Orlando Science Center intern, a potential gamer and reconsidering her plans to leave Orlando to pursue a tech career.

 

As a first-time Otronicon attendee, Jesslyn had no expectations for the four-day STEM expo. However, upon attending the event, she was blown away by the sheer number of experiences, workshops, speakers and exhibitors that filled the Science Center. Instead of simply checking out some research, she was faced with rooms and rooms of the most cutting-edge technology in gaming, entertainment, science and medicine.  

 

“It really showed me how many opportunities there are to get involved in the tech world right here in Central Florida,” Says Jesslyn. “I had originally thought I would have to consider moving to California after graduating in a few years.” At its core, this is what Otronicon is all about. Showing Orlando residents that there are countless ways to become involved in the future of STEM that’s being built right in our own backyard. Otronicon provides guests of all ages the resources they need to start a STEM career.

 

Only at Otronicon can Orlando residents speak directly with leaders in their field, get invaluable advice from expert-led speakers and learn new STEM skills in engaging workshops. From the major companies at the forefront of innovation, to the start-ups that will shape the future, Orlando hosts some of the top organizations to start a STEM career with. This was particularly exciting for Jesslyn, who is exceptionally familiar with the importance of networking as a graduate student. At Otronicon, she was able to interact directly with leaders of tech organizations that she could one day be working for. 

 

If Jesslyn could describe Otronicon in one word, it would be “inspiring.” Not only did it inspire her to change the way she views Orlando’s tech industry, it also inspired her to become an Orlando Science Center events intern. Now, Jesslyn is responsible for coordinating and implementing events just like Otronicon at the Science Center. While this step in Jesslyn’s professional development is impressive and inspiring enough, there’s still one unexpected part of her Otronicon experience that can’t go unmentioned. Jesslyn, a self-proclaimed uncertain gamer, was tempted into picking up the controller and testing out the newest video game technology at Otronicon. Now that’s inspiring!

Orlando Science Center is looking for enthusiastic volunteers (ages 13 and up!) to help at this year's Otronicon. Fill out the form below to register.

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). Click here to purchase Otronicon tickets.

 

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.