Finalists Chosen for Discovery Science Center and El Capitan Theatre’s “Frankenweenie” Science Fair

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Discovery Science Center and El Capitan Theatre's "Frankenweenie" Science Fair: Sparking an Interest in Science continues on as six young finalists have been chosen to move forward in the competition!


Discovery Science Center (DSC) and El Capitan Theatre’s “Frankenweenie” Science Fair: Sparking an Interest in Science continues on as six young finalists have been chosen to move forward in the competition! Christopher Rocci, Colin Takeda, Daniel Vietson, Delaney Rice, Ethan Salter, and Tre Risk are the six aspiring scientists that will continue on for a chance to be one of three grand-prize winners.

This summer, Discovery Science Center partnered with the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood to host a Frankenweenie Science Fair in conjunction with the October 5th release of Disney’s Frankenweenie, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton. Students in grade 5 – 12 were invited to submit a science project that displayed experimentally based research, illustrated scientific methodology or demonstrated a science or engineering concept of based on themes from the movie Frankenweenie.

Six finalists topped score charts with accuracy of details, explanation of project through display, oral presentation and visual creativity. Finalists’ project topics included Energy from the Dead (Compost), Reducing Aquifer Depletion Through Increased Recycled Water Consumption, Rube Goldberg Franken”weenie” Roaster, Special Effects Slime and more. All six projects will be on display at the El Capitan Theatre from October 5 to November 1, 2012. In addition, the six finalists will each receive Disneyland tickets for them and three guests for reaching this distinguished level.

Final judging to determine the three grand-prize winners will take place on September 29th at El Capitan Theatre. The science fair will conclude on October 5th when the grand-prize winners are announced at a special ceremony on the El Capitan stage prior to the 4:00PM showing of Frankenweenie. Grand-prize winners will each be awarded with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Walt Disney Studios.

From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.

Presented by Disney, “Frankenweenie” is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on a screenplay by Lenny Ripps, based on an original idea by Tim Burton. “Frankenweenie” releases in U.S. theaters on October 5, 2012.

About El Capitan Theatre
Step into Hollywood’s glittering past at the legendary El Capitan Theatre, which made its debut on May 3, 1926 as Hollywood’s first home of Spoken Drama. This grand theatre has been restored to its original elegance of Spanish Colonial exterior and boasts a colorful and lavish East Indian interior designed by renowned San Francisco architect G. Albert Lansburgh. In 1941, Orsen Welles’ Academy Award® winning CITIZEN KANE made its World Premiere at the El Capitan. As an exclusive first run theatre for Walt Disney Studios, today the El Capitan Theatre sets a new standard for World Premieres, live stage shows, Disney attractions, and other special events that have helped restore showmanship to Hollywood Boulevard. For more information, visit or call 1-800-DISNEY6

About Walt Disney Studios
For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live‐action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

About Discovery Science Center
Imaginations run wild with over 120 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Center (DSC), Orange County’s leading destination for hands-on science entertainment. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine launch and explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur! Plus, the Science Center’s signature events don’t just foster science education, but also provide entertainment for the whole family. From our annual Bubblefest and Rocket Launch to blockbuster traveling exhibits such as Star Wars™: Where Science Meets Imagination, there is always something new to experience. DSC is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. It is a community-wide resource where families come together to learn and have fun and school districts can use as an educational resource. For further information, visit or call (714) 542-2823.

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