Visitors will get to “virtually” climb into the cockpit and experience life as a pilot in Orlando Science Center’s new immersive experience, Flight Lab. Flight Lab contains 13 flight simulator stations, each to accommodate a pilot and co-pilot. Students use Oculus Rift head-mounted display units as they learn how to fly, navigate, communicate and work as a team.
The new experience uses real-world mission scenarios to teach standards-based STEM concepts and to develop critical communication, decision-making, team building and collaborative skills. Missions can vary and certain tasks will require all 13 teams to work together. Other missions will pit the best pilots against one another.
Teamwork: This is a two-student experience. Single students will be paired up.
Concentration: This experience can take up to 45-minutes.
Independence: This experience is only for participating students. Non-participants will be asked to wait outside.
Iron Stomach: This is a virtual reality experience. It is not recommended for those prone to motion sickness.
Flight Lab experiences will be held on Saturdays and Sundays. Please check the daily schedule for flight times when you arrive.
Flight Lab is an extended Virtual Reality experience and is best for ages 13+. Flight Lab can be augmented for 8 to 12 years of age, with guardians present. Flight Lab is not for ages 7 and under.
Funding is provided by the Office of Naval Research. Subject matter expertise and curriculum support is provided by the Naval Air Warfare Center/Training Systems Division. Technology and curriculum is designed in partnership with TEQGames. The flight training software was developed by Lockheed Martin and has been used to teach real pilots to fly.
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