Raytheon celebrates National Engineers Week with “Science Thrills Live” shows at Epcot

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No matter what your kids tell you, science can be fun, and one of Epcot’s corporate sponsors, Raytheon, is offering theme-park guests the opportunity to discover this for themselves during special events planned for National Engineers Week, which is Feb. 17 to 21. Raytheon, an aerospace and defense contractor that employs state-of-the-art electronics and communications … Continue reading "Raytheon celebrates National Engineers Week with “Science Thrills Live” shows at Epcot"
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Escaping the Elements at Epcot

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Boston is finally getting a break from a long streak of 90-100 degree weather. The haze was so bad on Saturday that I could see it at every turn. I spent as much of the day indoors as possible. Now consider dealing with those temperatures along with humidity and the likelihood of haze while crisscrossing … Continue reading "Escaping the Elements at Epcot"
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Kids can learn about physics behind roller coasters this week at Epcot

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To celebrate National Engineers Week, one of the sponsors at Epcot is offering short and entertaining demonstrations that teach kids the physics behind roller coasters. Though National Engineers Week has a focus of calling attention to the importance of math, science and technical skills, the goal of these sessions is to show that math and science can be a lot of fun. This week, the company is taking a more basic approach to illustrating physics for Epcot's guests. In Raytheon's 15-minute Coaster Crafters sessions, teams of children use plastic hoses and marbles to learn some of the principles behind designing such a thrill ride.
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Disney World’s reworked Habit Heroes attraction opens

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Habit Heroes, an exhibit at Epcot's Innoventions that teaches guests about healthy lifestyles, reopened on Friday. It soft-opened in February 2012 but quickly was closed after widespread criticism about the game's insensitivity to overweight children. The story and the focus have changed. Childhood obesity is not the overall theme; instead, it's healthy living for everyone. And rather than entering a 100-year-old gym, visitors now prepare for a futuristic battle against the bad guys who contribute to unhealthy lifestyles: The Scorchers, whose goal is dehydration; The Zappers, who aim to distract people from being physically active; and The Blocker Bots, who block guests from getting the nutrients they need. Visitors learn to fight these villains with a different method in each room as they prepare to become Habit Heroes.
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IBM – THINK

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IBM opened an exhibit in Innoventions West on January 9, 2013. This new interactive display celebrates IBM's 100th anniversary by discussing and promoting the necessary tools needed for invention and progress. The display also examines how science has changed our lives for the better.
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New Segway tour gives guests unique views of Epcot

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First hand report of Epcot's new "Keep Moving Forward: See the World, Share the Dream Segway Tour," which debuted on Sept. 17. This guided tour starts in Future World and then covers most of World Showcase in the three-hour experience. Beginning Sept. 28, times for the three-hour experience shift because of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival; you may start at 7:45, 8:30 and 9 a.m
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Fairy Fountain

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Rarely do I ever set foot in Innoventions East or West at Walt Disney World’s Epcot. Take me to Disneyland and it’s another story. Sitting in Tomorrowland, this multi-floor facility showcases technology in the home, games, quizzes, and has some great spots to relax and unwind. Drenched in purple and green colored gels, this fairy … Continue reading "Fairy Fountain"
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Epcot’s VISION house: A Disney World attraction for adults, older kids

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The recent rain in Central Florida finally helped me persuade my kids and their friends to check out VISION house, a new attraction in Epcot’s Innoventions that opened on Earth Day this year. Like many younger guests, they didn’t want to take time away from rides and favorite activities for a tour, but the wet … Continue reading "Epcot’s VISION house: A Disney World attraction for adults, older kids"
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