Three Students Win Essay Contest at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

Three Palm Beach County students have won the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s essay contest featuring the blockbuster exhibit, “Our Body: The Universe Within.”


Students chose one organ to write about, explaining what it does for the body, what might cause it to become damaged or fail, and how a doctor or specially-trained professional could fix the situation. Vasiliki Victoria Karatzas from Discover Key Elementary PTA in Lake Worth, Ashley McCallum of Jupiter Middle School of Technology and Emily Unruh of Palm Beach Gardens High School were selected for their excellent essay reviews of the body’s organs. Each winner was rewarded $250 cash.


Although the exhibit has wrapped up its time at the Science Center, the lessons of taking care of the body remain. “No matter who you are or your age, it is important to understand how the human body works and what you can do to keep it healthy and strong,” said Lew Crampton, president and CEO of the Science Center. “The human body is an amazing specimen.  Many connective tissues and organs make up body systems that work together to make it possible for you to live and thrive in the world around you. This essay contest is helping us spread that message to young people and open every mind to science.”


Students will have the chance to enter another essay contest in the fall with the launch of the next blockbuster exhibit, “Astronauts” set to take off October 14, 2017. Visitors will experience what it’s like to blast off into space, train like an astronaut and get an inside look on life off this planet. The exhibit will show what it’s like to sleep, eat, shower and even use the bathroom in space. Visitors will also get the chance to be absorbed in team problem-solving, to overcome challenges, and even to practice landing a capsule.


At the Science Center this summer is “Amazing Butterflies,” an exhibit that encourages guests to embark on a challenging journey teeming with friends and foes revealing the unusual relationship between caterpillars, butterflies and their natural surroundings. Adventure through the leaves, learn how to move like a caterpillar, discover an ant that reaps the reward of an unusual friendship, then transform into a butterfly and take flight!


The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations. For more information on these new offerings or SFSCA general information, call 561-832-1988 or visit Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.