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06/18/2020

This week has got us going into Friday like...

PS.. Campers in Survival Week learned various knots. Mr Malcolm's group tied the strongest one!

Discovery Camp 2020
06/18/2020

Discovery Camp 2020

Discovery Camp 2020

It's arthropod week over at the DC Digital Lab. Be sure to check out our website for a fun bug detective activity! mydis...
06/16/2020

It's arthropod week over at the DC Digital Lab. Be sure to check out our website for a fun bug detective activity! mydiscoverycenter.org/dc-digital-lab

Art & Science take center stage in week 4 of Summer Camp at the Discovery Center! Registration is now open until Friday,...
06/15/2020

Art & Science take center stage in week 4 of Summer Camp at the Discovery Center! Registration is now open until Friday, June 26 at 12pm. 🎨🔬

Survivor and Air and Space Camp weeks are FULL. Check back each Monday as we open registration for new camp weeks.
06/12/2020

Survivor and Air and Space Camp weeks are FULL. Check back each Monday as we open registration for new camp weeks.

Ever thought about how birds fly or planes sore through the air? Find out at the Discovery Center! Join us for Week 3 of...
06/08/2020

Ever thought about how birds fly or planes sore through the air? Find out at the Discovery Center! Join us for Week 3 of Summer Camp as we explore the science of Air & Space. Registration is open NOW and will remain open until Friday, June 19 at 12pm or until spaces are full.

05/28/2020
Meet Pretzel the Western Hognose Snake - #StaAndPlayOcala

Did you know each week we add new videos to our Virtual Critter Corner as part of the DC Digital Lab?? We know you guys miss seeing our critters and they miss you too! See what they're up to and learn more about them by visiting https://www.mydiscoverycenter.org/dc-digital-lab/

This week we are excited to show off Rosie & Pretzel from our nocturnal room!

https://youtu.be/aZYjmcGqIXU

Slither on over to learn about Pretzel, the Western Hognose snake who lives at the Discover Center. Pretzel is part of our Meet the Critter #StayAndPlayOcala...

05/27/2020
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Check out this historic event! Coverage begins today.

Our #LaunchAmerica LIVE coverage includes liftoff of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, a Kelly Clarkson performance, live video from space while NASA Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley fly to the International Space Station and much more.

Full schedule: https://go.nasa.gov/2M3W5R7

Spaces are going fast. Be sure to sign up for camp. Currently we are registering for the week of June 8.
05/26/2020

Spaces are going fast. Be sure to sign up for camp. Currently we are registering for the week of June 8.

School is almost out...and Science is IN!! We are excited to announce that Summer Science Camp 2020 will continue to move forward as planned. However, in order to ensure the safety of campers, and the Discovery Center staff during the duration of camp, we will be implementing extensive measures in response to COVID-19. During this time, the Discovery Center will continue to remain closed to the public and there will be no exhibit on display. We hope that you will still join us for a summer full of learning, exploration, and FUN! Registration opens May 25th and camp will run from June 8 - July 31 for children ages 8-11.

05/22/2020
Salt Ice Sculptures - #StayAndPlayOcala

Looking for some fun activities to do over the long weekend? Check out our DC Digital Lab at www.mydiscoverycenter.org/dc-digital-lab/

Here you'll find an array of DIY experiments you can do at home! This week our lab has been featuring experiments on the theme "Art & Science". Want to see for your self? Check out this video below where Ms.Cara shows us how ice and salt can be made into art! 🎨

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0cpaOTfBMI&list=PL-9jhZu9Pib35Z4nAsM4DdlZ-d6ceoNzj&index=12&t=32s

Join in on this science ice experiment art at home! All you need is ice, food coloring and salt to make your own beautiful sculptures!

Discovery Center's cover photo
05/22/2020

Discovery Center's cover photo

School is almost out...and Science is IN!! We are excited to announce that Summer Science Camp 2020 will continue to mov...
05/21/2020

School is almost out...and Science is IN!! We are excited to announce that Summer Science Camp 2020 will continue to move forward as planned. However, in order to ensure the safety of campers, and the Discovery Center staff during the duration of camp, we will be implementing extensive measures in response to COVID-19. During this time, the Discovery Center will continue to remain closed to the public and there will be no exhibit on display. We hope that you will still join us for a summer full of learning, exploration, and FUN! Registration opens May 25th and camp will run from June 8 - July 31 for children ages 8-11.

New week, new activities for YOU! Check out what's happening in the DC Digital Lab with Art & Science! This week we are ...
05/19/2020

New week, new activities for YOU! Check out what's happening in the DC Digital Lab with Art & Science! This week we are excited to bring you some awesome projects where science and artistic creativity come together. 🎨🔬 https://www.mydiscoverycenter.org/dc-digital-lab/

It's Electricity Week! We are excited to bring you another week of at home experiments and activities which can be acces...
05/13/2020
DC Digital Lab | Discovery Center

It's Electricity Week! We are excited to bring you another week of at home experiments and activities which can be accessed through our Digital Lab at https://www.mydiscoverycenter.org/dc-digital-lab/
The month of May is also Electricity Safety month so stay tuned for safety tips and information we will be sharing with our sponsor, Ocala Electric Utility!

Welcome to the DC Digital Lab! Discovery Center is temporarily closed, but we wanted to be here for you in this challenging time. Our team has put together a collection of videos, experiments and activities that you can do at home. We are here to help you overcome boredom and learn a few things in t...

May the fourth be with you! Check out this video about the real life science of traveling,  living and working in space ...
05/04/2020
Space Travel | Science and Star Wars

May the fourth be with you! Check out this video about the real life science of traveling, living and working in space and stay tuned for our next exhibit, Astronaut Academy.

On this episode of Science and Star Wars (paid for by IBM), we explore real-world technologies for traveling the galaxy with astronaut Cady Coleman and take a tour of the International Space Station.

Our Dinosaur week is drawing to a close, here's a great reading article for students about the Chicxulub impactor.
05/01/2020
What killed the dinosaurs? | Science News for Students

Our Dinosaur week is drawing to a close, here's a great reading article for students about the Chicxulub impactor.

New evidence is emerging that a devastating combo of events — an asteroid impact and supervolcanoes — may be behind the dinosaurs’ demise.

05/01/2020
A Day at the Discovery Center with Mister Malcolm - #StayAndPlayOcala

Mr. Malcolm has been holding down the fort at Discovery Center and doing a great job keeping our critters happy. Show him some love with a heart or a comment.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look of a day at the Discovery Center with Mister Malcolm! He will be caring for all the critters, cleaning, constructing and...

Let's play! Post a new dino name in the comments!
04/30/2020

Let's play! Post a new dino name in the comments!

Parents! This is a good resource if your students are curious about why we are all wearing masks. Our friends at Science...
04/28/2020
How much do masks help against COVID-19?

Parents! This is a good resource if your students are curious about why we are all wearing masks. Our friends at Science News For Students present articles in an easy to read fashion along with teaching tools like "explainers" and key word lists.

There’s a range of masks available to the public. From purchased to home-made coverings, all should help — some a lot more than others.

04/23/2020

Check out this great video from one of our member families! How are you creating recycled fun?

04/23/2020

Join our Exhibits Supervisor Miss Kate, and her special guests for some backyard worm science.

Happy 50 years of Earth Day! Check out this awesome lego challenge from NASA.
04/22/2020

Happy 50 years of Earth Day! Check out this awesome lego challenge from NASA.

Earthlings, assemble! 🌍

We’ve teamed up with LEGO to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and we have a challenge for you: BUILD YOUR OWN PLANET! Share your creations using #LetsBuildTogether and #EarthDayAtHome so we can see your masterpieces!

Happy Earth Day! Did you know this year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Check out the official Earth Day websit...
04/22/2020
Earth Day: The Official Site | Earth Day Network

Happy Earth Day! Did you know this year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Check out the official Earth Day website for information on citizen science apps, activities and more.

Visit the official Earth Day site to learn about the world's largest environmental movement and what you can do to make every day Earth Day.

Happy Earth Week! Here's a friendly reminder that nature is NOT CANCELLED due to the pandemic. Get outside and play this...
04/21/2020
Birds and Worms

Happy Earth Week! Here's a friendly reminder that nature is NOT CANCELLED due to the pandemic. Get outside and play this awesome game that will teach your littles about camouflage and what it is like to be a bird hunting for worms. Just remember, the early bird gets the worm!

Discover the value of camouflage and pretend to be birds in search of worms.

It's Virtual Earth Week over at the DC Digital Lab! Head on over for a fun activity on how to make recycled paper at hom...
04/20/2020
DC Digital Lab | Discovery Center

It's Virtual Earth Week over at the DC Digital Lab! Head on over for a fun activity on how to make recycled paper at home.

Welcome to the DC Digital Lab! Discovery Center is temporarily closed, but we wanted to be here for you in this challenging time. Our team has put together a collection of videos, experiments and activities that you can do at home. We are here to help you overcome boredom and learn a few things in t...

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MISSION STATEMENT: The Discovery Center of Ocala strives to provide community members of all ages an interactive educational experience which stimulates a desire to expand personal knowledge.

The Discovery Center has been providing hands-on, interactive education opportunities for our community since 1997. It’s relocation to the old Armory in Tuscawilla Park in 2009 has proven to be advantageous. The center is busting at the seams with programs offered from four, different exhibitions per year to numerous afterschool and camp programs.

The facility has an upstairs exhibition hall (hosting 5,012 sq. ft.) that hosts four exhibitions per year and greatly multiplies the center’s educational value and outreach to students and families within our community. Complete utilization of the space for all citizens will include the addition of an elevator and a third-floor mezzanine allowing: an additional 1300 sq. ft., bathrooms, breakout rooms, and utilization of landmark built in 1941.

Architectural drawings are complete and preliminary construction estimates indicate the cost of renovation to be approximately two million dollars. The Discovery Center Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that has accepted this challenge and is actively working towards the renovation.

Presently, the Foundation is partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Marion County and the City of Ocala to host the Rotary Discovery Fest: Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round Up (now just Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round Up. Both have become annual events occurring in February. These events enable our community to assist in the fundraising objective of all partners and provide an opportunity to showcase the Discovery Center and Tuscawilla Park.

Ocala’s Discovery Center is a member of The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) – a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals. Individuals may purchase an ASTC Passport that enables free admission to over 300 science centers and museums around the world.

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Do you ever have teacher nights? I'd love to do something with my coworkers at school.
Went today with my class. Loved it!
I have three small children (4,2 and 11 months) all three had a blast today! We plan to return for more fun very soon! I highly recommend this for families!!
Is the Star Lab open every Saturday or is it only for a certain period of time??
We have Fun cooking lessons for kids this summer! All age ranges from 2-18 and adult classes as well! Please visit our page for details and sign up today to reserve your spot!
We loved our day at the Discovery Center today! We couldn’t get enough of making our own weather reports.
There’s a predator on the loose! Come meet our reptiles, interact with electricity and explore the exhibit today!
I wished your homeschool days was still on Thursdays😢 I work and can't make it on Tuesdays.