Orlando Science Center President’s Message • Summer 2021

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

Unlock Infinite Possibilities for Lifelong Learning

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. 



JoAnn Newman

President & CEO of Orlando Science Center