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To a kid, Otronicon is a dream come true — four floors of video games, robots, virtual reality and more. While the event can be known for the fun that can be had, it’s also recognized for sparking a child’s interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of interactive technology.

The event promotes the concept of “made in Orlando, played in Orlando” with many chances to interact with the creative professionals that make popular video games and discover the growing career opportunities available locally.

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These photos are from a workshop held at Lake Como Elementary School as part of the OUC AWESOME Project. Students worked in teams to design and build green roofs. In order for their green roof to be deemed a success, they had to lower the internal temperature of the apartment building, ensure it was leak-free and gather some of the rainfall into a cistern. Students worked within a budget to buy the materials for their creation.

The OUC AWESOME Project is a five-year initiative that is a partnership between Orlando Utilities Commission and Orlando Science Center. This initiative allows the Science Center to reach every fifth grader in OUC’s service territory with messages surrounding water efficiency and renewable energies. This year, the Science Center upgraded the program to incorporate STEM and 21st-century learning skills.


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PLAYGROUND Magazine has recognized Orlando Science Center as the "Fave Museum for Kids" in their Winter 2013 issue. With 80 percent of the vote, the Science Center was chosen by Central Florida residents as their favorite museum in the region.

In addition, readers voted the Science Center as top educational activity and best birthday location.

Thank you for your support!


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Exhibit Encourages Youth to Solve Puzzles on Infrastructure Preservation

Orlando Science Center and partners have been recognized in the team creation and development of Corrosion: The Silent Menace.

The National Training and Simulation Association presented a team award for training to the Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, the University of Akron, Bruno White Entertainment and Orlando Science Center during the 2013 NTSA Modeling and Simulation Awards ceremony held on Dec. 4 at the Interactive/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando.

Reinforcing science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) skills at the middle and high school level using 3-D mapping technology, Corrosion: The Silent Menace spotlights the natural phenomena that lead to corrosion and material degradation. Visitors can choose from a menu of virtual experiences that graphically depict the science of corrosion, while also performing interactive experiments that show how engineers preserve drinking waterways, bridge and highway systems, and vital forms of public and private transportation.

"The causes of corrosion on our bridges, highways and pipelines are rooted in complex scientific processes, and this corrosion science exhibit unlocks the secret of those processes and how they can be mitigated," said Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the DoD Corrosion Office.

Besides the principal installation developers, Dunmire credited several DoD partners for their contribution to the exhibit, including Battelle Memorial Institute; CorrDefense.org; MVE Systems, Inc.; NASA; Reading Rainbow; NACE International; NACE International Foundation; SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings; Ninjaneer Studios; and Echo Artz.


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Members got their rhyme on Monday at, you guessed it, Member Monday!

Humpty Dumpty, Lil Bo Peep and Hickory Dickory Dock were just some of the nursery rhymes featured in MicheLee Puppets’ production, “Rhyme Time.” After the show, the little ones made their very own puppets to take home.

Join us for the next Member Monday on January 13 from 9 to 10 a.m. Your child has permission to get messy at this ooey-gooey event, so dress appropriately!


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On Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, Orlando Science Center unveiled the new enclosure for Teddy the Tegu in a special presentation reserved for the project’s donors.

Thanks to their support and a 50% match by OUC, $4,550 was raised this past summer which resulted in a new habitat for Teddy. Contributors were invited for a light breakfast to learn about Teddy’s new home from Science Center staff and get up close with the reptile.

The general public can meet Teddy the Tegu when he officially moves in early next year.


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Science came alive for 96 fourth graders from Tavares Elementary School as they built bridges and competed in science challenges during a free field trip at Orlando Science Center on December 6, 2013.

The day began with a discovery lab in which students teamed up and designed a bridge to withstand the heaviest load. After that, they ventured to the exhibit floor to apply the engineering skills they learned in the lab to solve problems and evaluate results.

Through a $75,000 grant, Duke Energy will help bring more than 3,500 students from its service area to the Science Center to engage them with fundamental engineering principles, excite them with STEM topics and inspire them about future careers.

A giant thanks goes out to Duke Energy for their involvement and support to encourage STEM learning. See what the first field trip accomplished in the video and slideshow below!


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