Adults-Only Science Night Live

Science Night Live at Orlando Science Center is your chance to spark your curiosity through our fun exhibits and programs…with some adult beverages, of course! Bring your friends, or make it a date night, and join us for a unique and ever-changing experience that proves there’s no age limit on curiosity!

This event has been known to sell out and tickets are available online only for just $15.95, so get yours before they’re gone!

[TICKETS] www.osc.org/snl

Celebrate World Turtle Day on May 23!

If the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer exhibit has gotten you out of your shell, now is the best time to learn how you can be a friend to more than 30 species of turtles that call Florida home! With these little reptiles being a staple of our lakes and oceans, it’s easy to forget how turtley remarkable they really are. Can you believe some of your neighborhood turtles could possibly be older than you?

 

These tough creatures may have shells made of over 50 bones, but they still need our help to survive. With 61% of freshwater turtle species and nearly all sea turtle species endangered, it’s up to us to take some easy steps to protect our favorite semi-aquatic neighbors.

Here are Four Ways You Can Help Save Turtles

  • Many plastic items are mistaken as food by turtles when they end up in our waterways. Using reusable bags, straws and water bottles not only saves you money, but also helps protect our ecosystem.
  • Litter on our beaches can be dangerous, especially to the 68,000 loggerhead turtles that nest on our coasts annually. Make it a goal to pick up any litter you find when having a beach day.
  • Give nesting turtles plenty of space and never disturb a nest if you come across one. If you're fortunate enough to see sea turtles hatching, maintain your distance and turn off all lights from your portable electronic devices.
  • Having a turtle as a pet is a lasting commitment not just for you, but for the turtle. Only take responsibility for one if you have a long-term plan. Many unwanted turtles are released into the wild and cannot survive on their own.
Learn More

The Chelonian Research Institute, Sea Turtle Preservation Society, The Central Florida Wildlife Center and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee are great community partners for anyone who wants to learn more about Florida’s turtles and what we can be doing to help save them.

 

Visit NatureWorks on the first level of the Science Center to see and even safely touch our beautiful native Turtles and Tortoises!

 

This information was sourced from See Turtles, Tufts Wildlife Clinic, and The Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets Of The Sewer Exhibit Opens May 25 at Orlando Science Center!

Presented by Nemours Children's Health System

Turtle Power! After three decades of battling evil and exemplifying teamwork, the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ (TMNT) will make waves this summer at Orlando Science Center! The four funny “heroes in a half-shell” will share life lessons and team-building skills with their crime-fighting tactics in Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Secrets of the Sewer™.

 

Be transported to the underground home of the crime-fighting heroes to see what really happens in their secret hideaway. TMNT brothers Leonardo (the tactical, courageous leader in blue), Michelangelo (the free-spirited jokester in orange), Raphael (the aggressive tough guy in red), and Donatello (the scientist and technological genius in purple) invite you to their New York City sewer lair to train and learn with them.

 

The Turtles are known and respected for their teamwork. As the TMNT’s sensei and adoptive father Splinter often tells them, “Together there is nothing you cannot accomplish.” Through team-building challenges, collaborative games and mind-teasing puzzles, visitors will learn how to work as a team with mental and physical challenges like assembling electrical circuit puzzles, navigating a rope maze, practicing ninja speed and slicing skills while playing a dexterity-based computer game, shredding up and practicing your balance on skateboards, and more!

 

So put on your bandanas and get ready to work together to defeat evil! Whether you come with friends, family, or ninjas in training, you’ll put the strength of your teamwork and cooperation skills to the test. Your crew will be sure to walk away with a bond as strong as this lean, mean, green team!

 

Cowabunga! You’re now ready to defeat evil — together!

 

Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with Nickelodeon ©2019 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and all related titles, logos, and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. 

Mess Fest is Back!

Join us on May 18 and 19 for the messiest weekend of the year at Orlando Science Center!

Mess Fest is back this year, featuring not only well-loved favorites but also new activities including three brand new mess zones that are bigger and messier than ever. Explore eight Mess Zones, including cosmic mess, Ice cream making, Splat-a-pult, and more! If you don’t make a mess, you’re not doing it right!

 

Plus, on May 19 only – meet The (Blue) Man Behind the Makeup, Eric de Lima Rubb, as he talks about the science, art, and MESS he experiences while performing in Blue Man Group at Universal CityWalk!

 

Hear from the Blue Man himself (minus the bald cap and the blue makeup) about playing with his food onstage, ask questions about the character, and stand back as Eric demonstrates iconic messy moments from the show.

 

Don’t miss these mess-tivities!

  • Mess Mania Obstacle Course
  • Paintsplosions
  • Oobleck
  • Alka rockets
  • Blacklight Cosmic Mess
  • Splat-a-pult
  • Ice Cream Making

*Some activities are weather permitting.

 

Plus, stop by The Hive: A Makerspace to get your own Mess Fest branded T-Shirt from Merchmakr! 

 

Prepare for Mess Fest at home with this colorful DIY experiment! Click here to download the instructions to “Rainbow Reactions” or click the button below. We suggest setting up a workspace outdoors to keep the mess outside your home. Then, take a photo and share on social media #MessFest for a chance to be featured on our page!

Please note that Orlando Fringe will also be taking place in Loch Haven Park this weekend and parking in Orlando Science Center’s garage will be limited. We strongly encourage visitors to enjoy both events and recommend carpooling with friends and arriving early.

 

Orlando Science Center’s Mess Fest is included with general admission, which is free for members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for students and seniors, $14.95 for youth (ages 3–11), and free for children 2 and under. Admission includes access to all four floors of hands-on exhibits, giant-screen films in the Dr. Phillips CineDome, 3D films in the Digital Adventure Theater and live programming.

Bank of America Museums On Us Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders get free admission to Orlando Science Center on Saturdays and Sundays through the Museums on Us program!

To gain free entry, present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card and a photo ID. The deal applies to cardholder only and does not include additional guests or children.

Bank of America Museums On Us Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders get free admission to Orlando Science Center on Saturdays and Sundays through the Museums on Us program!

To gain free entry, present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card and a photo ID. The deal applies to cardholder only and does not include additional guests or children.

Mother of All Baby Showers

The Mother of All Baby Showers (MOABS) is returning to Orlando Science Center to throw the biggest and best event for ALL things pregnancy and parenting. The 5th annual adults-only night out features 30+ amazing brands, hands-on demos and education, food and drinks, mini spa treatments and huge giveaways. Register online at bit.ly/MOABSORLANDO and snag a free general ticket or $20 off VIP with code OSC, while supplies last.

May The Fourth Be With You

To celebrate Star Wars on May the Fourth (be with you), visitors can experience a day of Sci Fi fun and excitement.

Enjoy Star Wars-themed activities and our new live show, Peeps in SPACE! It’s a show so messy that it makes Jabba Hutt look neat! See what will happen to everyone’s favorite marshmallow critter if it were subjected to the conditions of deep space. Prepare to see these Peeps smashed, molded, exploded and more. Darth Vader would be proud!

 

Additionally, Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit cardholders can enjoy free admission to the Science Center as part of the Museums on Us program Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5. The deal applies to cardholder only and does not include additional guests or children.

 

Timed Experiences on Saturday, May 4: 

  • Droid Training, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Train a Sphero droid to navigate around the Dark Side as a Rebel Spy!
  • Peeps in SPACE! 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. – This hilariously messy live show explores what would happen to everyone's favorite marshmallow candy if they were subjected to extreme heat, extreme cold and the pressures of a vacuum.
  • Open make in The Hive: A Maker Space – Step into The Hive and work at your own pace to create a recycled model of Star Wars scenes & ships.
  • Sci Fi Planet Tour 3:30 p.m. – Discover the real-life inspirations behind your favorite favorite sci-fi stories at Science on a Sphere

Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Winner is Pooja Shah

High School Junior’s Green Algae Research Scores Top Prize!

Pooja Shah, a junior at Melbourne’s West Shore Jr./Sr. High School was named the grand prize winner in Orlando Science Center’s Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. The awards ceremony was held on Sunday, April 28 at the historic Dubsdread Ballroom near Orlando Science Center.

 

For over 20 years, Dr. Nelson Ying — a local scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist — has partnered with Orlando Science Center to celebrate the exemplary achievements of our community’s young scientists.  Shah’s research project on green algae was rewarded with a $5,000 scholarship, a $1,000 award for her science teacher and an additional $1,000 for her school.

 

To compete in the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition, each entrant must perform a research project that ultimately benefits humanity by solving a world problem. Projects are presented to a distinguished panel of judges including current and retired engineers, scientists, educators, and Dr. Ying himself.

Pooja Shah, Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Dr. Ying Science Competition

 

Shah’s research project created a quorum sensing model in green algae, which can lead to a better understanding of these organisms. Ultimately, her findings could help researchers to develop solutions to algae blooms, coral reef disease and threats to human health.

She has been researching in a plant physiology lab at Florida Institute of Technology since her freshman year. In addition to science, her interests include playing the violin, running cross country and playing basketball. Shah also coaches a special needs basketball team and hopes to combine her love of science research with her passion for helping others with a career in the medical field after college.

First Runner Up

Her fellow finalists were also recognized with prizes. First runner up honors were shared by Kyle Bramblett, a junior at Titusville High School, and Kishen Mitra, also a junior at West Shore. Both reserved $1500 scholarships for their research. Bramblett designed an artificial structure that would have significant effects on increasing the average oyster growth rate and improving the calcium and carbonate levels in water near these structures while Mintra is devoted to developing an organ-on-a-chip system as a risk prediction tool for assessing damage during radiation therapy on patients.

Kyle Bramblett, First Runner Up of the 2019 Dr. Ying Science Competition
Kyle Bramblett, First Runner Up of the 2019 Dr. Ying Science Competition
Kishen Mitra, First Runner Up of Dr. Ying Science Competition
Kishen Mitra, First Runner Up of the 2019 Dr. Ying Science Competition

Second Runner Up 

Second Runner up was a tie between Alex Carnes, a junior at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, and Laboni Santra, a sophomore at Oviedo High School. Carnes created an application that would allow parents to non-intrusively monitor their child’s social media accounts for cyberbullying while Santra designed and fabricated microneedle patches for delivery of therapeutics directly to phloem tissue, which combats citrus greening – a bacterial threat to Florida’s nine billion dollar citrus industry.

Alex Carnes, Second Runner Up of the Dr. Ying Science Competition
Alex Carnes, Second Runner Up of the Dr. Ying Science Competition
Laboni Santra, Second Runner Up of the Dr. Ying Science Competition
Laboni Santra, Second Runner Up of the Dr. Ying Science Competition

Dr. Nelson Ying is a longtime supporter of Orlando Science Center. In 1997, after sponsoring numerous exhibits and serving on the board, he decided to try something new.  He wanted to support the Science Center’s mission to inspire science learning for life while also creating an opportunity to inspire and encourage exceptional science achievement among young people.

 

He and Fred Curtis, another long-time Science Center volunteer and donor, started the Dr. Ying Science Competition in 1998. Ying hopes to inspire young people to become good role models and successful world-changers by leveraging their passion for science. Dr. Ying’s son, Nelson Jr., now oversees the competition with Ying and Curtis in collaboration with Orlando Science Center.

TDT Funding Means the Beginning of LIFE

Orlando Science Center is grateful to have received approval from Mayor Demings and the Orange County Board of Commissioners for a Tourist Development Tax grant of $10 million to fund the development and installation of LIFE, an all-new conservation exhibit. LIFE is Phase III of our ongoing $35 million comprehensive campaign to revitalize our educational content and renovate exhibits to meet the integral STEM learning needs of our growing community.

 

This exhibit will tell the story of conservation through the creatures that share our planet. By encountering live animals and learning more about their changing habitats, visitors will better understand how our actions affect all living things. LIFE will focus on three distinct world environments: Ocean, Rain Forest and Swamp. These areas will feature hands-on experiential learning that will vividly demonstrate our own interconnectedness with the natural world. Visitors will be engaged and empowered to take positive action to conserve our natural resources and protect our fragile planet.

 

Thanks to TDT grant funding, development can now begin on LIFE. The entire process will take approximately two years with an estimated premiere date in Fall 2021. Orlando Science Center will be working with ROTO, Inc, a world-renowned exhibit design firm, which previously designed and built our popular early childhood space, New KidsTown.

 

The approval of this funding request came after approvals and recommendations by the TDT Application Review Committee in January and the Tourist Development Council in March. The LIFE project received the highest score amongst the four other groups that had applied for funding through this cycle of the TDT grant program.