Observatory

Temporarily Closed to Promote Safe Distancing

Atop Orlando Science Center sits a domed observatory that, if visited during the right time of year and under the proper conditions, can provide views of planets, stars, and other celestial objects.

 

View the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas, and binary star systems!

 

View the breathtaking night sky, brilliant sun, and even bustling downtown Orlando area from the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope along with several smaller scopes.

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The Hive: A Makerspace

Makerspace - Level 3

Come see what all the buzz is about! In The Hive, the possibilities are as vast as your imagination. Learn how to sew a button, fold an origami crane, design a figurine using 3D modeling software then bring it to life with a 3D printer, or solder a circuit board – there’s always something new to try! 

Many of the best designs come from collaboration. The Hive is a space that cultivates community and emphasizes the learning opportunities in every failure and success. Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation. Go forth and create!

The Hive is designed specifically for makers ages 8 and up. Makers 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Maker activities for ages 7 and under are available in the KidsTown Studio.


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NatureWorks

Exhibit Hall – Level 1

In NatureWorks, you’ll learn about the amazing animals and plants that inhabit coral reefs, mangrove forests, cypress swamps and other Florida environments, along with other areas around the world.

 

Discover what lies deep within the Floridan Aquifer, learn how to identify some of Florida’s native and invasive species, and observe animals in their unique habitats to understand their amazing adaptations!

 

Within the exhibit hall, there are frequent opportunities to hear from a NatureWorks animal keeper and encounter some of our Animal Ambassadors up close at their scheduled encounters!

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Conservation Partner

 Seafood Watch

Kinetic Zone

Exhibit Hall – Level 2

Explore the fundamentals of forces, learn the principles of physics and see engineering in a new light in Kinetic Zone!

 

This exhibit offers an electrifying array of interactive guest experiences, ranging from launching air rockets, to experimenting with circuits, to lifting yourself off the ground with different pulley systems.

 

Get hands-on with STEM experiences like the Balance Challenge, where you can test your invention on an 18-foot zip line, and the Coaster Challenge, where you’ll use pipes to build a model of whatever radical roller coaster you can dream up!

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Become A Volunteer

Adult volunteer during the Otronicon event interacting with guests.

Adult Volunteers

Donate your time to bring the Science Center to life in a way that complements your expertise and interests.

Customer service employee instructing an intern at the front desk.

Internships

Explore an exciting real-world career in a nonprofit setting, working both independently and with the team. College credit is available.

Youth volunteer helping summer camp students measure ingredients for an experiment.

Catalyst Youth Volunteers

Gain valuable skills and make new friends while giving back to the community. Opportunities are available year-round.

Flight Lab

Temporarily Closed to Promote Safe Distancing

Flight Lab uses real-world mission scenarios to teach standards-based STEM concepts. The lab contains 13 flight simulator stations where participants use Oculus Rift head-mounted display units as they learn how to fly, navigate, communicate and work as a team.

Some missions will require all teams to work together, while others will pit the best pilots against one another.

This experience is best for ages 13 and up.

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Funding is provided by the Office of Naval Research. Subject matter expertise and curriculum support is provided by the Naval Air Warfare Center/Training Systems Division. Technology and curriculum is designed in partnership with TEQGames. The flight training software was developed by Lockheed Martin and has been used to teach real pilots to fly.

Office of Naval Research
TEQ Games

Homeschool Program

The first Monday of each month, September through May, Orlando Science Center hosts homeschool days for Kindergarten through Grade 8.

The program includes hands-on Discovery Labs, educational films and exploration of our interactive exhibit halls to engage students in STEM learning.

 

Students under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult, but students 13 and up can participate in the program independently.

To learn more about the homeschool program, please contact the Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.


Homeschool Overnights

Overnight events are a great way for students to learn and have fun with friends! This program is available for groups of 50 or more.

Topics & Dates for 2019 - 2020

October 7

Kindergarten – Out of This World

Grades 1-2 – Mighty Magnets

Grades 3-5 – Space Tech 

Grades 6-8 – Flight Lab 

November 4

Kindergarten –Energy & Forces
Grades 1-2 – Forces of Nature
Grades 3-5 – Vex Robotics Waitlist
Grades 3-5 – Forces of Nature Waitlist

Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Wind

December 2

Kindergarten – Bee Robotics

Grades 1-2 – Bee Robotics

Grades 3-5 – Vex Robotics

Grades 6-8 – OSCSI

February 3

Kindergarten – Little Engineers
Grades 1-2 – STEM-tastic
Grades 3-5 – STEM-tastic
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: 3D Printing

March 2

Kindergarten – Curious Chemical Reactions
Grades 1-2 – Trampoline Engineering
Grades 3-5 – Trampoline Engineering
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Solar Power

April 6

Kindergarten – Moving Machines
Grades 1-2 – Balance and Coaster Exhibit Challenges
Grades 3-5 – Gliders and Wind Tubes Exhibit Challenges
Grades 6-8 – Weather Balloon Challenge

May 4

Kindergarten – Who’s Gross? We Are!
Grades 1-2 – Gliders and Wind Tubes Exhibit Challenges
Grades 3-5 – Balance and Coaster Exhibit Challenges
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Dissection

Hours, Cost & Registration

The homeschool program runs from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Grades K-5

Fees

Student-Caregiver Team – Members – $26

 Student-Caregiver Team – General Public – $29

One K-5 student and one accompanying adult.

 

Each additional K-5 Student – $13.00

Accompanying adult required for students 12 years old and younger.

Grades 6-8  

Fees 

Student-Caregiver Team - Member – $29 

Student-Caregiver Team - General Public – $33

  

Grade 6-8 Student only – Member – $14.50  

 Grade 6-8 Student only – General Public – $16.50

 

Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition

Next Competition: April 17-19, 2020

Local scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Nelson Ying has partnered with Orlando Science Center since 1999 to celebrate local students’ exemplary achievements through the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. Students submit research papers to be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges and can earn up to $5,000, plus additional awards for their schools and teachers.

 

This competition is open to individual students in Grades 9-12. Projects can be classified into a wide range of STEM topics, but they always have one thing in common: the goal to help humanity through scientific research.

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s science competitions, please call our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email competitions@osc.org.


Application Deadline:
March 19, 2020

 

Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Resources


2020 Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Finalists

 

Kyle Bramblett, Titusville High School, for trying to see if an artificial structure could have significant effects on oyster growth, increasing oyster spats, and improving water quality.

 

Nathan Foo, West Shore Junior/Senior High School, for testing to see if mechanically simulated kangaroo care is an efficient and feasible method for treating preterm babies.

 

Ian Henriques, Seminole High School, for devising a simple, adaptive model for controlling drones for service during natural disasters in a way that conserves fuel and avoids collisions.

 

Varsha Naga, Winter Springs High School, for developing a technique to reduce the risk of infectious deaths in patients with central venous catheters.

 

Pranav Swaminathan, Spruce Creek High School, for designing a low cost and practical device for motorcycles that can be used to reduce emissions.

 

 

Please check back on Monday, April 20 when we share the winner of the competition, following the awards ceremony on Sunday.