Young Professionals for OSC

The Young Professionals for Orlando Science Center are a group of passionate people who are 21 to 40 years old.

Established in 2015 with membership increasing more and more each year, they exist to fund-raise and “friend-raise” to support the mission of Orlando Science Center.

Members have a passion for science, and desire to make a positive impact. As a member, you will have opportunities to network at special events hosted by the Young Professionals Board or by Orlando Science Center, plus participate in volunteer opportunities to improve the Central Florida community.

For more information on becoming a member please contact ypgroup@osc.org or our Development Department at development@osc.org.

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Benefits

  • Free admission to adults-only Science Night Live with special programming. 
  • Special events hosted by the Young Professionals. 
  • Entry to an exclusive happy hour with community leaders at the interactive tech expo Otronicon.
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, fundraisers and other VIP events. 
  • Access to volunteer opportunities at Orlando Science Center. 
  • Networking with other members and professional development workshops. 
  • Invitations to participate in fundraising for annual events such as Science of Wine. 

2020–2021 Executive Committee

Nicole Cuccaro 

Chair

Tay Mauro

Vice Chair

Teddy Dover

2019-2020 Past Chair

Anna Strasshofer

Membership Chair

Jessica Dietrick

Events Chair

Brian Lawrence 

Events Chair

Jasmine Esmailbegui 

Governance Chair

Angelica Inclan 

Communication Chair

Alexis Cole 

Philanthropy Chair

Lindsay Winter

Group Founder and Ex-Officio Board Member

Riley Frady

Lucien Johnson

Kingman Keating

Garett Klein

Ugomma Nwahiri

Zack Winter

DinoDigs

Exhibit Hall – Level 4

In DinoDigs, guests will encounter giant fossil replicas of ancient sea creatures and dinosaurs showcased in their prehistoric worlds. You’ll also find authentic fossils of ancient reptiles and mammals, some of which were found right here in Florida.

The Dig Pits are sanitized with MaxxClean which is a non-toxic cleaner with no VOC's or odor and is safe for people and pets. 

How does it work? All living organsims need a pH neutral environment between 4.8 and 9.2 to live. MaxxClean raises the pH level of the surface to over 11 which creates an environment that viruses, mold, and microogransims cannot live on.

Adult volunteer in the DinoDigs exhibit showing fossils to visitors.

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Poozeum at Orlando Science Center

Poozeum – Level 4 Hallway

Explore the Fascinating World of Coprolites & Dinosaur Poop

Drop in and learn about coprolites with this new display adjacent to DinoDigs. The Poozeum is a collection of some of the largest coprolites ever found and it’s so much more than a crappy complement to our existing dinosaur fossil displays.

What is a coprolite? Also known as fossilized feces, coprolites are very old pieces of prehistoric poop that have become fossilized over a very long time. Coprolites come in a variety of shapes and sizes and they have been discovered on every continent on earth. These special little time capsules provide direct links to prehistoric animal diets, behaviors, and environments.

From dino dung to crocodile caca, check out over a dozen specimens, including Barnum – the Guinness World Record Holder for “world’s largest fossilized excrement from a carnivore.” It was generously provided by a very full T. Rex and loaned to us by the “King of Fossilized Feces,” Famed Collector and Explorers Club Fellow, George Frandsen.

Specimens on display range in sizes and date back 11,700 to 200 million years ago. They were discovered all over the world, including some spots in Florida. Scientists can find all sorts of things in coprolites, which can help identify what kind of animal created them. The specimens on display include bits of bones, teeth, scales and plants and were made by dinosaurs, crocodiles, fish and sharks.

For more nuggets, visit: www.poozeum.com

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.

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.

Two guests making crafts together with 3-Doodler pens in The Hive: a Makerspace.

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The Hive Shop

More Ways to Enjoy Your Favorite Makerspace and Support Your Science Center

Stop by The Hive on Level 3 to purchase today!

Hive @ Home Kit: $10

Any space can become a Makerspace if you have the right tools! Take home a Hive @ Home kit and get all of the materials and instructions to do one project from a Hive workshop from the safety of your own home. Projects vary from month to month and limited quantity are available while supplies last.

Hive Shop Goodies: $2-10

Swing by The Hive and see what’s in stock! While showcasing our 3D printers and laser cutters to guests, our team regularly creates unique OSC products! Show off your love for your Science Center with a custom Hive sketchpad and wood and acrylic accessories including pins, buttons, earrings, keychains, and more!

Make Your Own Button: $2

Choose your own design and press your own button! Flip through our button binder and select your own design then work with our Maker staff to press and seal your own custom-made button! Once completed, you can pin and wear your new swag out. Don’t forget to imPRESS your friends by telling them you made it yourself!

All proceeds from The Hive Shop help provide vital funds needed to continue to offer programs and services that impact our community. From our hardworking staff, we thank you for your trust, unwavering support, and continued investment. We simply couldn’t do it without you!

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

For gallery inquires please email djohnson@osc.org.

Artwork from animated film - part of Behind the Frames: Student Works from the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design.
Artwork from animated film - part of Behind the Frames: Student Works from the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design.
Artwork from animated film - part of Behind the Frames: Student Works from the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design.

On Display:

August 28 – November 14, 2021

Behind the Frames: Student Works from the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design

The works presented are seldom exhibited preproduction and production images created for the development of graduate and undergraduate animated films. Displayed here are character design sheets, production stills, background paintings and concept sketches from recently released and current projects.

UCF is ranked second in the nation on the 2021 list of Top Forty Public Animation Schools and Colleges in the U.S. by Animation Career Review. Our faculty and students are dedicated to furthering the art of visual storytelling and further pushing the quality and skill associated with the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design.

Featured Artists: Indianna Alvarez- Sanchez, Erin Bergin, Clinnie Brinson, Isobel Cassidy, James Chambless, Christina Christie, Jamie Dean, Kirstin Hardin, Hannah Huffman, Hannah Jurgens, Clara Kopitnik, Jamie Lachnicht, Nathaniel Shrage, Damian Thorn-Hauswirth

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!

Orlando Science Center strives to inspire all of its visitors to care for and protect wildlife both near and far. It is our hope that your visit to the Science Center will encourage you to learn more about our animals and the actions you can take to protect their wild counterparts.

Check out the Building Guide to see a map and information for our current exhibits.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who takes care of the animals at the Science Center?

Our experienced keepers ensure the highest quality of animal care and welfare. The keepers at Orlando Science Center all hold specialized degrees in a variety of life science disciplines including Biology, Environmental Science, and Zoo Animal Technology.

Our animal staff has years of experience caring for a variety of animals and are well versed in the animal care standards established by the United States Department of Agriculture and Fish and Wildlife. The Science Center also works with several licensed exotic animal veterinarians to provide top-quality nutrition and veterinary care to all of our animals.

Where does the Science Center get its animals?

The Orlando Science Center has a Responsible Population Management policy that dictates all animal acquisitions and transfers. Our policy prioritizes the long-term sustainability of living animal populations and the health and welfare of our animals.

Many of our animals were donated to us by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Fish and Wildlife removes invasive species from the environment and places them in zoos and nature centers. We also house animals that Fish and Wildlife confiscated from people who possessed them illegally.

Several of our animals come from FWC’s Pet Amnesty program which rehomes animals that Florida residents can no longer care for. We are proud to provide a safe and enriching home for these animals.

What if I have a question about the animals at the Science Center?

Next time you’re in the NatureWorks exhibit, come say hi to one of our staff members or volunteers. They love talking about animals! You can also contact us at nature@osc.org for any inquiries regarding our animal collection

Want to become a keeper for the day?

Participate in diet prep, target training, enjoy meet-and-greets, and more when you book a private experience!

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 Digital Adventure Theater both offer exciting content daily, which 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.

Reserve a theater for your private function!

Both theaters are available for private rentals for film screenings, award presentations, team meetings, talent shows, and so much more.

Learn more about our private venue rentals.

A giant-screen movie showing an image of people on a city street.

Dr. Phillips CineDome

Giant-Screen Theater – Level 1*

Choose a seat and be instantly transported to exotic and interplanetary lands. Images of clarity and extraordinary depth bring the audience on an expedition to the center of the action in this immersive cinematic experience.

A projector's fish-eye lens projects onto an 8,000 square-foot screen, creating a 180 degree image that surrounds the audience and extends beyond their peripheral vision. Films cover nature, geography, history and more, and new titles are introduced throughout the year. *Wheelchair access located via Level 3.

Guests listening to presenter on stage of Digital Adventure Theater.

Digital Adventure Theater

Immersive Digital Films – Level 2

Dive into the action inside the stadium-seated Digital Adventure Theater. Films are presented in 2D with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and 7.1 surround sound, offering a fully immersive experience.

The Digital Adventure Theater is also home to Science Live! Shows, which are designed to delight and entertain while also aligning with Sunshine State educational standards. The electrifying “High Voltage” show, explosive “Kaboom!” show, heroic “Super Science” show and more will show you the science in fact and fiction.

Now Showing – General Audience

Content changes seasonally. Check the theater schedule prior to your visit to find out what special experiences will be offered.

Pumpkins and Protons Laser Light Show

 Pumpkins & Protons Laser Show

Dr. Phillips CineDome

Creep into a Pumpkins and Protons-themed Laser Light Show!

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Dr. Phillips CineDome

Using archaeological discoveries and genetics data, researchers and explorers piece together clues from mummies to better understand the culture, religion, medicine and daily life of antiquity. Relics and bodies provide a window into the world of the pharaohs and -- by reconstructing the DNA -- scientists hope to better understand present-day genetics and to advance medical treatments.

Turtle Odyssey

Dr. Phillips CineDome

Sea turtles are some of Earth's most ancient and majestic creatures. For over 100 million years, they have traversed the seas, enduring mass extinctions and playing critical roles in maintaining food webs. But now they face a new threat – humans. It's time we learned more about these remarkable reptiles.

Dino Dana: The Movie

Digital Adventure Theater

A 10-year-old and her sister must save their new neighbor from a prehistoric dinosaur.

Secrets of the Universe

Digital Adventure Theater

We are at the beginning of a period of unprecedented technological advancement, catalyzing a new age of scientific discovery. Travel with us on this immersive giant screen film, as we explore the most exciting machines ever conceived by man, including the Large Hadron Collider and James Webb Space Telescope. See how these new experiments allow us to look deeper into our origins, and unveil the mysteries of dark energy, dark matter and extra dimensions.

 

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.