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Your generosity enables the Orlando Science Center to educate and inspire. We bring families together in an environment that encourages learning. The Orlando Science Center is the highest attended cultural venue in the region averaging 300,000 guests per year. Over 70,000 students annually experience on and off-site STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based educational initiatives. The Science Center is a proven educational community resource that provides hands on interactive learning experiences.
Admissions and memberships provide about 65 cents of every dollar needed;
Government appropriations provide about 16 cents of every dollar needed:
- To provide access to the Orlando Science Center at a reasonable admission price.
- To ensure all families have access to the Science Center regardless of ability to pay.
- To bring and maintain state of the art exhibits at the Science Center.
The rest is up to the generosity of supporters, like you!
Please make a gift to the Orlando Science Center today. There are a variety of ways that you can be part of the mission to inspire science learning for life.
22 June 2010
Posted in Support Our Mission
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.