Thursday, February 26, 2009

Students celebrate science at Disney

From the Disney Portal:

Students from Orlando's Pineloch and Richmond Heights elementary schools enjoyed a special treat at Epcot Feb. 19, in celebration of National Engineers Week.

The children learned about careers in engineering and the use of engineering technology in everyday life by participating in several demonstrations and experiments, and riding several attractions.

For the last nine years, Innoventions at Epcot has been the site of this annual event, with IBM as the oldest partner. The program included presentations from IBM, Underwriters Laboratories, Velcro Companies, General Motors, Raytheon and the University of Central Florida.

"This is the longest and strongest program here at Innoventions that touches many Guests, especially children, and I believe we really make a difference," said Linda Reda, IBM exhibit manager. "IBM is committed to continuing this very important program, hoping to inspire a love for math and science, and cultivate the future leaders of the engineering world."

This year was also the first time Orlando's urban schools were invited, with the mission to spread the excitement of engineering, math and science among children who don't normally receive the opportunity. The children learned how to make their own polymers, and used mathematical and engineering principles to make their own snow.

For many of these Disney first-timers and future engineers, the highlight was riding Mission: SPACE.

"My favorite part of riding the ride was when we turned backward and saw Earth from space and then we saw the future," said 4th grader Marquis Gonzalez. "I want to be the person who makes rides like that."

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