As the temperature reaches into the lower 90s, the days get longer, and summer vacation is on the horizon, the Museum of Discovery and Science Leonardo da Vinci Society presents: The Science of Summer, featuring twelve year old Peyton Robertson.
Held on on Wednesday, April 30 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., the event showcases the 2013 Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge Champion. During this event, Peyton will share some great summer experiments and share “What’s Next” – ten promising future technologies that will impact our lives. The Discovery Channel will be onsite during the event following young Peyton’s development.
Peyton Robertson's innovations have been featured on ABC World News, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Huffington Post, and TED. Peyton was born in Fort Lauderdale, attended Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale until the fifth grade and is currently a sixth grade student at Stanford University's prestigious middle school program.
At eight years old, Robertson was a Grand Prize Winner in the National Science Foundation's Kids Science Challenge for his development of a golf ball temperature preserver which is designed to maintain a golf ball's temperature and performance on colder days. At ten, Peyton invented real-time retractable training wheels allowing a beginning rider to use handle bar controls to retract and release training wheels while riding.
At the age of twelve, Peyton Robertson already has three pending patents. He was named America's Top Young Scientist for 2013 and winner of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his redesigned sandbag, which aims to better protect flood zones against salt-water flooding. Robertson is the youngest winner in the contest's history. It goes beyond the science for Peyton. He already has two holes in one in golf and became the second child in the last 25 years to win the Broward County spelling bee two straight years.
The Science of Summer will explore the exciting principles or density vs. mass, refraction, and Newton’s First Law through creative experiments. Guest will also learn how to extinguish fire with CO2 and simulate underwater lava reactions.
Guests will also enjoy cocktails, soft drinks and hors d’oeurves and also experience the IMAX documentary film Journey to the South Pacific 3D narrated by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett.
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 450,000 visitors annually.
The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX® hours on most evenings. Exhibit Admission prices are $14 for adults; $13 seniors; $12 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit their web site.
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