Star-Studded Evenings

Fridays & Saturday evenings from 5:00–9:00 p.m.

Join us this fall and winter for Star-Studded Evenings! This is your chance to experience some of Orlando Science Center’s programming after dark. Stargaze in the Observatory and see a feature-length film for just $10 per person after 5:00 p.m. (free for OSC members)! Star-Studded Evenings are perfect for date night, or just a fun night out with the family!

Crosby Observatory

Learn a little more about our place in outer space through the Observatory, weather permitting. Our 10″ Byers refracting telescope is used to look at various celestial objects, depending on what is visible in the night sky during the season, as well as 8″ and 10″ reflecting telescopes. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers can even give you tips on how to stargaze at home!

Digital Adventure Theater

Catch a Hollywood movie in the Digital Adventure Theater! Showtimes are 5:10 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. Films will rotate throughout the run of Star-Studded Evenings. To find out what will be playing on the night of your visit, please check the theater schedule before you arrive. Please note that exhibit halls will be closed during Star-Studded Evenings. 

Adult Volunteers

Orlando Science Center’s adult volunteers come from all walks of life to give back to their community, and they all share a common interest: inspiring life-long learning. Volunteers give their personal time to teach, guide, and enlighten guests to ensure their visit exceeds all expectations.  

 

With roles including facilitation in our exhibits halls, data collection and administrative assistance, special event support, and more, there is sure to be an opportunity that aligns with your interests!

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Opportunity to receive a free OSC membership
  • Opportunity to receive complimentary tickets to OSC 
  • Give back to your community 
  • Discounts to Science Store and on-site dining 
  • Participation in exclusive volunteer appreciation events
  • Free parking during volunteer shifts 

Complete the Adult Volunteer

Application Form Online  

Once your application is received, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Resources Department to learn more about our volunteer program and how your hobbies, interests, and skills can align with the Science Center’s needs.

A one-day Open House and any subsequent training is mandatory for all adult volunteers to attend. Open Houses are scheduled approximately each quarter throughout the year.

 

Adult volunteers must commit to at least 6 months of service for a minimum of 8 hours per month.

Contact Us

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s Adult Volunteer Program, contact the Volunteer Resources Department at 407.514.2070 or fill out the form below.


 

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.

Observatory

Scheduled Times – Level 6

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.

All activities and events in the Observatory are weather-permitting. Observatory hours are subject to change based on weather conditions in the area.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Viewing Opportunities

Solar Viewing

Second Saturday of the Month, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.


November 10th

December 8th

February 9th

March 9th

April 13th

May 11th


Get a more in-depth look at the closest star to the Earth — our sun! After checking out the sun, learn about the telescopes that let us explore the solar system. Please remember that observing outer space requires good weather here on Earth.

Star-Studded Evenings

Peer into the cosmos at Star-Studded Evenings with the Crosby Observatory's 10″ Byers refracting telescope for an out-of-this world view of various celestial objects.

 

Winter time brings cooler weather, early sunset and recognizable constellations like Orion, Taurus and Cassiopeia.

 

Friday and Saturday nights, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. until February 23. Excluding January 18 and 19

 

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Science Night Live

An “adult swim” of the science variety, this event features everything you love about the Science Center… without kids! Experience all four floors of exhibits, films and hands-on programming aimed specifically for grown-ups, while enjoying adult food and beverages available for purchase.

 

Must be 21 and older.

 

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Private Star-Gazing Parties

Orlando Science Center’s observatory can be booked for exclusive viewing experiences for private parties.

 

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Other Opportunities

Adopt a Star

Give a gift that really shines! If you are seeking a unique and meaningful gift idea that supports a cause, consider adopting a star in a loved one’s name.

 

Each of the stars in our Adopt-A-Star Program is considered a “bright” star and all of them are visible from the OSC’s observatory at some point throughout the year.

 

Adopt A Star Brochure

Local Astronomy Group

Interested in joining a local astronomy group? Check out the Central Florida Astronomical Society.

 

CFAS activities include monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, monthly observing sessions at several sites across Central Florida, publication of a web information site, and public observing sessions when events of significant interest occur.

 

For more information, visit their site at www.cfas.org.

The Hive: A Makerspace

The Hive - Level 3

Presented by The Isaacs Family 

Come see what all the buzz is about! In The Hive: A Makerspace, 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.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Fusion: A STEAM Gallery

Gallery – Level 3

Today’s innovators recognize the critical role of art-related disciplines in solving 21st-century problems. Fusion: A STEAM Gallery shows that art and design aren’t removed from science – they are essential complements.

 

You’ll find permanent pieces in the Fusion collection that highlight this relationship, including an interactive, visual theremin by Ginger Leigh; a one-dimensional dungeon-crawler game by Robin Baumgarten; a motorized color projection piece by Ryan Buyssens; and a multi-layered tribute to victims and survivors of the Pulse tragedy by Christy McCutchen.

 

Traveling exhibitions also are featured throughout the year with an emphasis on local artists.

Now Showing:

Comedy Wildlife Photography Contest Exhibition

November 2, 2018 – January 8, 2019

 

This fall, OSC is hosting its first all-photography exhibition in Fusion: A STEAM Gallery. This show will have you laughing like a hyena while you view hilarious candid shots from the animal kingdom!

 

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is an international contest that shows off the not-so-majestic side of nature. Sometimes it’s a photo shot at just the right moment to pose a comical coincidence, like a bird behind a bear making it look like the bear has wings. Other photos featured in the exhibition capture animals’ expressions that we interpret as laughter, shock, or just pure fun.

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!

Science Live!

Check out Fish Feeding Frenzy to learn more about the animals that inhabit Florida’s reefs, or join us for Swamp Talk to meet the fish and reptiles that live in Florida’s cypress swamps.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Conservation Partner

 Seafood Watch

Zoo in You & Human Plus

Traveling Exhibit – Level 2 

Presented by Florida Blue

Open September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Zoo In You and Human Plus go hand in hand to take you on a journey to explore the anatomy and technology that makes the human body unique and mighty! Zoo In You introduces guests to the trillions of microbes living inside our bodies, while Human Plus explores the low-tech and high-tech tools that extend the abilities of the human body.

 

With Zoo In You, learn about the complex world inside the human body, while trying your hand at matching DNA and building your own viruses. Hop in front of the green screen to get a “weather report” on the climate conditions of your nose, mouth, gut or skin; then snap a photo when you see what you’d look like as a microbe!

 

Discover the real-world impact of technology on enhancing human abilities in Human Plus! People who use these new technologies, such as neuroprosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, and vision enhancements, will captivate visitors as they share their stories. Guests can test out a simulated downhill mono-ski course, then become a DJ by sitting in a wheelchair and using the wheels to fade and scratch music tracks.

Science Live!

Don't miss the exciting live show Microbe Mania on the Science Live Stage, located inside the traveling exhibit hall.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Theaters

If you need a break from the exhibit floor, take a seat in one of our state-of-the-art theaters.

The domed giant-screen Dr. Phillips CineDome and high-definition 3D Digital Adventure Theater both offer educational films daily, and all films are included with general admission. Content changes regularly, so be sure to check the theater schedule before you arrive to find out what’s playing.

Guests waiting for a giant-screen film to start in the CineDome.

Dr. Phillips CineDome

Take a journey to a new world with films about nature, history, geography and more on the giant screen!

A guest presenter addressing the audience during Science Night Live.

Digital Adventure Theater

Get absorbed in the action with 3D educational films and exciting live stage shows that bring science to life!

Crowd wearing 3D glasses watches a Hollywood film in the Digital Adventure Theater.

Hollywood Films

Thursday through Sunday evenings, the Digital Adventure Theater will play Hollywood films at 5:10 p.m.

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!

Science Live!

Put your engineering skills to the test with special STEM challenges that will lead you through the engineering design process as you design, build, test, and improve a structure or invention to meet specific goals.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Internships

Orlando Science Center’s internship program is designed to provide college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to gain realistic, in-depth exposure to the many careers at the Science Center.

 

Interns can expect to expand their professional skills, while gaining valuable experience and becoming part of the Science Center’s bigger mission. Internships at Orlando Science Center are unpaid, but interns are eligible for benefits such as school credit and free annual memberships.

Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters and available internships vary by semester. View the list below for current opportunities and check back frequently for other positions.

To apply, send your resume with a cover letter to Megan Collins, Coordinator of Volunteer Development, at mcollins@osc.org

We are accepting applications for the following internships for spring 2019.

Current Openings

KidsTown Programs

KidsTown Programs Interns will assist the KidsTown team with developing, testing, and implementing programs in all subject areas for children ages 0-7 and their families. Intern responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: supporting the full time KidsTown team by completing research and prep tasks, assisting with live programming, helping to prepare for and run early childhood events, engaging guests on the exhibit floor, cleaning and tidying the exhibit hall, and developing new educational content for guests to enjoy. Candidates should have an interest in science, art, and music/theatre.

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with and developing activities for children under the age of 7.
  • Comfort with working both with young children and their adult caregivers.
  • Understanding of developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well with staff and guests.
  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn.

 

Skills & Requirements:

  • Has completed 2+ years of college courses – preferably in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or Science.
  • Ability to successfully pass criminal background check and fingerprinting.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Willingness to get messy if project or assignment requires.
  • Ability to report promptly for all scheduled shifts.
  • Availability on weekends, school holidays, and all special events.
  • Preferred that interns commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year. Hours are flexible with 10-20 hours per week.

Meetings & Events

The Orlando Science Center Meetings and Events department produces more than 250 events a year, ranging from weddings to corporate functions. We have more than 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit and event space that is available for private events. The goal of the Meetings and Events department is to provide outstanding customer service while building excellent relationships with our clients.

Meetings & Events interns will be responsible for working closely with the Meetings & Events team on various tasks, including: site visits with clients and vendors, on site assistance during events, updating Orlando Science Center’s photo library, preparing event paperwork, purchase orders, invoices, collecting payment, vendor load in and load out, creation of diagrams, and phone calls to clients and vendors.

 

Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, problem solving abilities and organization.
  • Positive, cheerful attitude.
  • Ability to work well with staff and guests.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Readiness to be flexible and adaptable.

Skills & Requirements:

  • Candidates pursuing a degree in Hospitality/Event Management preferred.
  • Successfully pass criminal background check and fingerprinting.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Self-motivated to seek out task and projects.
  • Possesses personal initiative.
  • Reports promptly to work on days scheduled.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Interns generally work 1 office day per week and 1-2 events per week; most events are Friday-Sunday evenings.

Special Events

The Special Events intern will assist the Director of Special Events with the creation of Special Events for the Orlando Science Center. Interns will assist with identifying and soliciting prospective content partners, schedule and attend meetings, order lunch, send out meeting reminders and take minutes, process invoices and record expenses, assist with event logistics before and during event, prepare staffing plans, track in-kind donations, inventory, and other record keeping. Interns will interact with staff, vendors, sponsors and guests, as well as assist with other special events as needed.

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent customer service with critical thinking and troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft Office programs, including: Word and Power Point.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Understands and supports the mission of the Orlando Science Center, to Inspire Science Learning for Life.
  • Ability to work well with others and to remain professional and courteous with all partners.
  • Willingness to learn and a positive attitude.
  • Have an understanding of emerging technologies, especially as they relate to the STEM field.
  • Education in the business administration, special events, or related work experience is preferable.

 

Skills & Requirements:

  • 2 or more years of college courses, preferably Non-profit Management, Education, or Digital Media.
  • Have already completed a previous internship.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-motivated to seek out tasks and projects.
  • Minimum time commitment of 1 semester with availability to work all Special Events during the internship time period.
  • Available Tuesday – Thursday between the hours of 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., January through June, with a minimum of 2 days a week and 4 hours a day

Public Programs

Orlando Science Center’s Public Programs department creates and presents content including demonstrations, shows, & activities for guests as well as creating special themed content each month. Public Programs is offering an internship to develop skills in science communication, facilitation, resourcefulness, & creativity.


Over the course of the internship, participants will learn & present specific content, assist in creating content, & assist with daily tasks both front & back of house. They will standardize & prototype STEM challenges & theme of month demonstrations, present science polls, & collect program surveys. Their project for the cohort will be one themed cart demonstration that displays science content in a fun, engaging guest experience.

 

Qualifications:

  • Second year college students or above
  • Seeking a degree in science or education
  •  Presentation skills preferred
  • Experience working with children preferred
  • Desire to learn
  • Readiness to be flexible & adaptable

 

Skills & Requirements:

  • Successfully pass criminal background check & fingerprinting
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
  • Reports promptly to work on days scheduled
  •  Able to lift 25 lbs
  • Individuals should be organized & able to work with minimal supervision & guidance

 

To Apply: Send your resume with a cover letter to Megan Collins, Coordinator of Volunteer Development, at mcollins@osc.org

Development

The Development Intern will work directly with Orlando Science Center’s Development Specialist to gain valuable experience in donor database utilization, fundraising, and special events, while helping build a sense of community and belonging for a well-respected non-profit organization. This is an unpaid internship, but is eligible for college credit.

 

The Development Intern is responsible for working closely with the Development team on various special projects including archiving, data entry & cleansing, participating in corporate donors, assisting with Silent Auction solicitation and organization, and stewardship of auction donors. The Development Intern will work on special events, including Otronicon, Science of Wine, and Inspiring Innovation Gala.

 

Qualifications:

  • Utilize computer skills to manage donor information in Tessitura donor database
  • Use Microsoft Outlook skills (including but not limited to: Outlook, Word, and Excel)
  • Attend any meetings as assigned (i.e.: committee meetings, upcoming events, etc.)
  • Work on various events, including keeping detailed tracking on status of sponsors and auction items. Attendance at events outside of intern hours may be necessary.
  • Analyze auction donations for strengths and weaknesses

 

Skills & Requirements:

  • Must be a degree-seeking students, preferably in Development, Museum Studies, Non-profit, and/or Public Administration
  • Strong writer and proofreader
  • Manage significant attention to detail and well organized
  • Good communication skills and comfortable with making phone calls
  • Minimum time commitment of 9-12 hours per week required
  • Must commit to one full semester that runs concurrently with the school year

 

To Apply: Send your resume with a cover letter and a professional writing samples to Megan Collins, Coordinator of Volunteer Development, at mcollins@osc.org.

Volunteer Resources

The Volunteer Resources Intern will be in charge of assisting the Volunteer Resources Department with creation and implementation of programs and activities for Orlando Science Center volunteers. The Volunteer Resources Intern’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to; filing, database entry/management, identifying and recruiting prospective volunteers, scheduling, volunteer management, volunteer experience facilitation, and community outreach. This internship will complete a project-based learning assignment focusing on capacity building, program development, or volunteer engagement. Intern will report to the Coordinator of Volunteer Development and/or Coordinator of Volunteer Resources.

 

Qualifications:

  • Enjoys working with and/or has experience leading youth in the community
  • Positive, friendly attitude
  • Willingness to learn new computer programs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work well with staff, guests, and volunteers
  • Readiness to be flexible and adaptable

 

Skills & Requirements:

  • 2 or more semesters of college courses, preference given to Non-profit Management and Human Resources majors
  • Attend internship orientation
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check and fingerprinting
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-motivated to seek out task and projects
  • Report on time to work on days scheduled
  • Weekend availability preferred

 

To Apply: Send your resume with a cover letter to Megan Collins, Coordinator of Volunteer Development, at mcollins@osc.org

Contact Us

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s internship program, contact the Volunteer Resources Department at 407.514.2070 or fill out the form below.


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.