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Free Admission To Celebrate The Lunchables “Field Trips for All” Program on Saturday, May 1, 2010

To help Orlando experience what the world has to offer outside of the classroom, the Lunchables team provided free admission to the Orlando Science Center for 1,250 guests ($15,000 worth of admissions) on Saturday, May 1, 2010. They provided this donation as a part of its “Field Trips for All” program.

The “Field Trips For All” program is the first effort from the Lunchables team’s new initiative called Project Potential. Aimed at empowering kids with opportunities that help them realize their full potential, Project Potential will provide enriching encounters kids otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to experience.

The Orlando Science Center was one of five science museums across the country, including ones in San Diego, Houston, Chicago and Indianapolis, selected to participate in this special event. Lunchables’ “Field Trips for All” is now recruiting nominations for classrooms to receive a complimentary field trip in the next school year.

Deserving classrooms will be selected from nominations submitted online at lunchables.com from now through June 1, 2010. For more information or to submit a nomination, log onto lunchables.com.

 


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Orlando Science Center Provides Title I Students With Tools for Future Success

AT&T donation to OSC

Photo Caption: Orlando Science Center President and CEO JoAnn Newman with AT&T's Judy Spencer, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal. On behalf of the Orlando Science Center, Newman accepted a $50,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation during the Science Center's Otronicon event. The grant enabled nine Title I middle school classes to attend the event as well as fund 60 scholarships for a digital media academy for teens this summer.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010 saw the "Rise of the Machines" during Mission: Nutrition III. This event highlighted the important of health and wellness in our everyday lives, and emphasized healthcare careers as well as advancements in medical technology and patient simulation. WorkForce Central Florida partnered with the Orlando Science Center to bring this event to the Central Florida community.

Other partners included American Red Cross, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Lerner Family Chiropractic Center, Winter Park Tech, Valencia Community College, Young Chef’s Academy and Wholesome Tummies.

 


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In 2009, Collin McAliley from Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School and James Brandenburg from Cocoa High School shared top honors at the 11th Annual Dr. Nelson Ying Student Science Competition at the Orlando Science Center.

Typically, the grand prize will only go to one winner, but competition founder Dr. Nelson Ying and the judges panel felt both students were worthy of acclaim. The remaining three finalists all received $1,000 fellowships to continue their research over the next year. Rather than split the grand prize into two, Ying awarded James and Collin equal cash prizes of $5,000 each.

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The year is 2008 and Noel Turner was announced as the 10th annual winner of the Dr. Ying Science Challenge at the Orlando Science Center. His submission of the project entitled “Bridge Over Troubled Neurons” earned 16-year-old Noel, a hefty $5,000. Noel’s research also won prizes at the Brevard County Intercoastal Science Fair.

What exactly did Noel investigate? Noel took it upon himself to figure out treatments to neural system diseases and injuries. The research focused on engineering a way to manipulate neurosystem stem cells into the body to help with diseases and injuries that damage, or even kill, existing nerve cells.

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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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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