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Emily Sotherland took home the grand prize from the Dr. Ying Science Competition in 2007. At the time, she was a junior at Merit Island’s Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School when she became the Ninth Annual winner of this competition at the Orlando Science Center.

Emily’s project was entitled “Modeling Artificial Surf Reefs and Their Ability to Create Surf Waves While Inhibiting Beach Erosion.” Through her research, Emily was able to show that a V-shaped artificial surf reef could inhibit beach erosion and create better waves for surfing. She won the $5,000 grand prize plus $1,000 prizes for her teacher and her school.

This was only one of the remarkable research entries recognized at a previous year’s competition. This year is sure to bring out more amazing talent from the Central Florida community. The Dr. Nelson Ying Student Science Competition will mark its 12th year in collaboration with the Orlando Science Center on April 23, 2010.



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For a second year in a row there was a three-way tie for first place at Dr. Ying’s Student Science Competition. Shiv Gaglani, a senior from Brevard County’s West Shore Junior/Senior High School, Richard Zhang, another senior at West Shore, and Daniel Brandenburg, a freshman at Cocoa High School, each were awarded $5,000 and top honors for their exemplary science talent.

Their entries inspired Dr. Nelson Ying so much that instead of splitting the prize money three ways he provided additional funds so each winner took home the same amount of prize money. Richard’s entry explored the structure of the universe, which could help validate current scientific theories as well as lead to advancements in telescopes plus provide answers to questions about the birth and eventual collapse of the universe. Daniel’s project used computer wave simulations and physical models to identify wave patterns that could be used to predict hurricanes and tsunamis.


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This was the first year in the history of the Dr. Ying Student Science Competition that there was a three-way tie for first place.

Gabrielle A. Gianelli, a junior at Orange County’s Lake Highland Preparatory School; Nimish P. Ramanlal, a junior at Seminole County’s Seminole High School; and Shiv Gaglani, a junior at Brevard County’s West Shore Jr./Sr. High School, all took home $5,000 prizes. This also marked Shiv’s second time as a top winner.

The winning projects included Gabrielle’s mathematical analysis of Mars that could assist NASA with their search for signs of water on the Red Planet; Nimish’s plan to improve high-powered quantum computers so they could better assist in the research and development of nanobots that could help cure a variety of diseases; and Shiv’s experiments to increase the potency of adult stem cells, which could curb the controversy surrounding embryonic stem cell research.


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Mission: Nutrition III at the Orlando Science Center

Learn about healthcare careers and medical simulation, Premiere for new “Careers for Life” Exhibit
Saturday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

What: Mission: Nutrition is back for the third year to highlight the important of health and wellness in our everyday lives. This year’s event will continue to emphasize healthcare careers as well as spotlighting advancements in medical technology and patient simulation. Mission: Nutrition III will see the “Rise of the Machines.”

New: The event will also host the premiere of Careers for Life, an interactive exhibit spotlighting growing opportunities in the healthcare field. The exhibit features multiple kiosks with testimonials from actual nurses, therapists, and paramedics. It also uses basic anatomical displays to show the connection between the medical professional and their specialty. The Careers for Life exhibit is funded by a grant from the US Department of Labor, in partnership with Seminole State College and supported by in-kind contributions and assistance from WorkForce Central Florida and the Partners for a Healthy Community.


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Bright House Networks Scores a Hole-In-One for Science!

11:00 a.m. Registration
11:45 a.m. Practice
12:45 p.m. Welcome
1:00 p.m. Shot Gun Start
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Awards Presentation
Foursomes Still Available for April 15 Tournament

(Orlando, FL) - More than 200 golfers are putting for progress during the 27th Annual Cosmic Golf Challenge at Champions Gate Golf Resort on Thursday, April 15. Sponsored by Bright House Networks and Cisco Systems, the event expects to raise more than $100,000 for educational programs at the Orlando Science Center.

Various corporate teams and individual players will come together to swing for science over 18 holes of best ball tournament play on two separate courses. Hole sponsors, buying “mulligans” and raffle prizes will also generate revenue and Don Reid Ford and Mullinax Ford have both donated cars for hole-in-one prizes on each course. Players will enjoy lunch, dinner, an awards ceremony, drawings, contests and prizes.


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Tiny garage is now a centerpiece for All Aboard on Level 2

A beloved fixture of KidsTown returns with a new paint job and a new home! The Super Service Center is now delighting little mechanics on level 2 inside All Aboard. Step into a pretend auto shop equipped with all the tools needed to perform maintenance on a kid-sized car mounted on a lift.

This exhibit's hands-on activities encourage cooperative play and stimulate the development of fundamental skills in young children. Kids will have fun sorting, matching and problem-solving as they select tools, replace parts and fill work orders. The Super Service Center has a received a tune-up, including a new paint job for the little auto that’s the centerpiece of the display.

All Aboard inspires your little one’s imagination with a series of vehicles just their size! No destination is too far. Child-sized models of trains, planes, automobiles, even the space shuttle, provide the mode of transportation - creativity provides the road map. All Aboard is a great way for kids to learn about transportation, as well as geography.



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Last Sunday March 14, 2010, the Science Center hosted it’s third Walmart Foundation $5 Day. Guests got full access to our exhibits, films and programs for only $5. We thank the Walmart Foundation for their generosity.

Walmart Foundation $5 Day photos on Flickr


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