Ryan Miller was an avid volunteer for the Orlando Science Center between the ages of fifteen and eighteen. Throughout his years volunteering, he cared for animals of all shapes and sizes including, tarantulas, snakes and baby gators. He also maintained the animal’s habitats and educated youth about the creatures and their unique attributes.

Ryan Miller “learned responsibility and respect” throughout his time at the Orlando Science Center, which in turn “taught [him] maturity and the importance of nurturing living things.” His knowledge naturally shifted over when he went into military service, within the U.S. Navy, and went from fostering living things to human beings. Ryan is now stationed in Japan and has been involved in humanitarian missions in the East including this one in Cambodia (picture).
He owes much of his successes and accomplishments to the people at the Orlando Science Center. Ryan Miller even stated, “I still have my name tag from the Orlando Science Center as a memento of a great time in my life.”

 

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Congratulations are in order for Thatcher Howard!  He was recently honored at the Black Engineer of the Year Annual Conference in February 2010 as a Modern Day Technology Leader.

It was here in the Orlando Science Center that Thatcher found his true calling, to become an Electronics Engineer. On a spontaneous trip to our facility as a young child, playing with the motors, generators and hands-on exhibits inspired him. He returned to his South Apopka home that day and began rebuilding new toys out of broken ones and incorporating his experience into his designs. Knowing that his family would never be able to afford college, he relied solely on his education to pull him through towards his dream of becoming an Engineer.

After graduating from high school, Thatcher Howard joined the Navy and began Aircraft Electricians School. Leaving the Navy in 2001, he moved on to DeVry University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering. Currently Thatcher works for Northrop Grumman as an Electronics Engineer and has been influential in regards to Northrop’s Electronic Systems Laser Program.

To help provide opportunities and experiences that Thatcher had to our youth, he regularly volunteers in a variety of ways. He leads a troop of Boy Scouts, aids in Family Science Nights at local elementary schools and chaperones fieldtrips to the Orlando Science Center. Thatcher also encourages students to pursue in science, technology, engineering and math education and careers.

 

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