The Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center is one of America’s top hands-on science centers where learning is always fun. Located in Orlando, interactive learning and discovery await within the center’s hundreds of exhibits, programs and labs, giant screen films and planetarium shows. What’s more the Orlando Science Center showcases the following:
-300-seat Dr. Phillips CineDome featuring giant screen films and planetarium shows
-Seasonal viewing of the cosmos via the Crosby Observatory, home to one of the state’s largest publicly accessible refractor telescopes
-Hundreds of exciting hands-on exhibits designed to meet national, state and local science and math curricula; based on constructivist learning theory; and correlate with Florida’s Sunshine State Standards and National Science Standards
Where does the money go?
The Orlando Science Center is a private non-profit organization with 501c(3) status. The Orlando Science Center provides educational opportunities in and out of the center’s walls, including field trips, family science nights at schools and community centers, and other outreach.
How does this benefit Central Floridians?
STEM – it’s the hot topic in the education world and for good reason.
The acronym that has educators, parents and politicians abuzz, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is considered the cornerstone to our prosperity as a nation. As the world’s economy continues to be increasingly fueled by knowledge and innovation, it is vital that the workforce be well-educated in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. With that said, the United States is in the middle of a STEM crisis.
The Orlando Science Center is taking a stand in the efforts to revitalize STEM education in our community. Through informal science learning, kids can take interest in STEM fields through fun, engaging ways. By simply generating excitement for science everyone can win, as a child takes this new found appreciation and explores it at home and school.
The need for a strong, STEM-educated workforce is greater than it’s ever been. The percentage of science and engineering degrees awarded annually peaked in the 1960′s. Locally, the problem is even more magnified: only 20% of the degrees awarded in Central Florida are based in STEM fields, compared to 30% nationally.
To put it in perspective, 60 percent of the new jobs created this century will require skills that only 20 percent of the current workforce possesses.
Jobs now and in the future will depend on the bright minds of today’s youth in these subjects. In fact, 28 of the 30 fastest growing occupations projected for 2018 require strong proficiency in the skills of math and science.
Our ultimate goal at the Science Center is to create a STEM-centered community that paves the way towards excellence in science, technology, engineering and math. Whether you encounter us here in the facility with your family, with your Scout organization, on a field trip, or even through one of our off-site school programs, our goal is the same – to show people that exploring these critical areas in an informal way can be fun, exciting and even inspiring
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