Most people look at the Science Center as a fun and educational place to go on a Saturday afternoon...

What they might not realize is that we’re also trusted partners to the school systems of the areas we serve. Our educational programs supplement traditional classroom learning with a valuable informal education and serve to build on the foundation of knowledge kids gain in school. Most importantly, they further the mission of increasing competency in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competency.


Our educational programs include:
  • Field Trips
  • Off-Site Programs
  • School Break Camps
  • Summer Camps & Academy
  • Science Competitions
  • Homeschool Programs
  • Scout Programs
  • And much more


These activities enhance classroom experience and provide students with a different way of looking at science, math and technology.

Congratulations to this year's Kinetic Challenge winners:

Division 1
Most Artistic: Cycle Scientists from Rock Lake Middle School (Grade 8)
Sculpture - Under the Sea

Kaila Biberstein
Aliyyah Dewji
Ashley Garcia
Sarah Mellenberndt
Emily Henry
Lindsey Spalding - Teacher

Most Scientific: Xtreme Team from Rock Lake Middle School (Grade 8)
Sculpture - Water Popper Fiesta

Ally Pickering
Austin Oubre
Lindsey Spalding - Teacher

Best in Fair: T-JAM from Rock Lake Middle School (Grade 8)
Sculpture - When Landforms and Plate Tectonics CONVERGE

Judianne Vista
Asmita Pasule
Lindsey Spalding - Teacher


Division 2
Most Artistic: Fantastic Four from Umatilla Elementary (Grade 5)
Sculpture - Light it Up!

Hannah Carpenter
Lauren Snavely
Courtney Metroka
Tristen Thompsn
Carol Caldwell - Teacher

Most Scientific: Marine Parteez Animalz from Lake Montessori & Learning Institute (Grades 5- 8)
Sculpture - Crude Awakening

Emilie Palmer
Emaad Syad
Fraaz Syed
Alex Sainz
Katrina Palmer - Teacher

Best in Fair: GSCS #1 from Good Sheperd Catholic School (Grade 8)
Sculpture - Kinetic Junkyard


Casey Hansen
Jack Hotaling
Collin Hartman
Sebastian Restrepo
Stephen Faber
Luca O'Brien
Sharlene Martin - Teacher

Here's a video from the event.  For more videos from Kinetic Challenge, be sure to check out our YouTube page!

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Kids Compete with Quirky Creations

Kinetic Challenge Inspires Student Teams

The Orlando Science Center hosted the Kinetic Challenge on Saturday, February 18, 2012 - a science competition geared toward 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders in eight Central Florida counties. Kinetic Challenge allows students to use their creativity and science knowledge to win money for their science class or club.

Projects at the Kinetic Challenge resemble those made famous by American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg. Machines are assembled using household, store-bought and found items and are designed to perform a simple task in complex fashion. By utilizing kinetic energy, a single action sets events in motion that result in a domino effect.

Past projects included a Barbie in a hamster wheel that generated electricity and a toy car used to raise an American flag. The competition fosters teamwork and hands-on learning while motivating students to stretch the capacity of their imaginations by transforming ordinary and found objects into a kinetic sculpture. Kinetic Challenge focuses on Florida Sunshine State Standards for Science including energy, force and motion, and the nature of science. The event is sponsored by the Stephen H. Goldman Foundation, Inc.

Awards were given based on the complexity of motion, best use of found materials, mechanical innovation and artistic expression. Best in Fair winners received a $500 prize for their school and a trophy. Prizes of $250 were also awarded to Most Artistic and Most Scientific and to the winning school’s sponsoring teacher. The competition was open to student teams from schools that resided in Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole or Volusia counties.

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