An event 600,000 years in the making, the seventh annual Neanderthal Ball this past Saturday was a huge success! Proceeds benefited youth education programs at the Science Center.

Special thanks goes to our incredible community partners and supporters including presenting sponsor Starwood Vacation Ownership, Harriett’s Charitable Trust, Bright House Networks, Wyndham Vacation Ownership and all of our silver, bronze, dinner, dessert, décor and audio/visual sponsors.

Witness the pageantry, celebration and charity in the accompanied slideshow.


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We didn't just raise money for youth education programs at Neanderthal Ball on Saturday — we also crowned a new Harriett Lake Caveman Couture Champion!We think these contestants were ready to go “clubbing.” Do you agree?

Check out their (pre)historic looks here:

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Otronicon v.9 is in the can and it’s time we roll the credits on the inaugural FilmSlam! More than two dozen films were submitted in the genres of animation, gaming, science fiction, fantasy, cult and horror and screened for a live audience on the second day of Otronicon in the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers selected to showcase their film and who won awards! 

  

Judges Picks

1st: Brain Divided – Ringling College of Art and Design
2nd: Dia de los Muertos – Ringling College of Art and Design
3rd: It’s a Tie!
Runaway – Ringling College of Art and Design
Chicken or the Egg – Ringling College of Art and Design

 

Brain Divided from Cartoon Brew on Vimeo.

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To a kid, Otronicon is a dream come true — four floors of video games, robots, virtual reality and more. While the event can be known for the fun that can be had, it’s also recognized for sparking a child’s interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of interactive technology.

The event promotes the concept of “made in Orlando, played in Orlando” with many chances to interact with the creative professionals that make popular video games and discover the growing career opportunities available locally.

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Ever dream of becoming a super hero? Playing the hero in video games may actually help make that a reality!

Violent video games have long been thought to increase aggression, but it appears that the opposite is true as well. A study done at the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Laboratory shows that having superpowers in a video game can make people more altruistic.

Stanford researchers used a simulation game to test their theory. One at a time, 60 men and women strapped on virtual reality goggles and were whisked away to a virtual cityscape. Their airborne mission: to deliver insulin to a diabetic child. Half of the test subjects completed their mission by flying in a helicopter; the other half controlled their flight by a series of arm motions, like Superman.

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Arcade games by definition are typically coin-operated machines such as pinball machines, video games and merchandisers (games which use claw cranes).

The first popular arcade games date back to the 1920s with the first coin-operated, fortune telling machines. In 1966 Sega introduced Periscope, an early submarine simulator, which became a worldwide success and the first arcade game to cost one quarter to play, a price which remained the standard for arcade games for many years to come.

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Thinking back to high school geometry, did you ever think you might calculate the hypotenuse of a triangle in your adult life? Or apply the principles of acceleration learned in physics class?

For aviators, understanding math and physics is a must for reviewing flight plans and calculating fuel usage. Students, however, often don't see a correlation between math and science and their life experiences. Like generations before, they find themselves questioning when they will ever use the lessons taught in school.

What kids do understand is technology. 

When it comes to technology in education, there is an enormous amount of evidence that indicates immersive, game-based learning environments foster deeper learning and provide opportunities to develop and exercise collaborative skills.

It’s all a matter of harnessing gaming power for an academic purpose. Lockheed Martin is working to combine technology and learning for professionals and students through its Prepar3D® simulation software. It’s one conduit to help engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies.

Lockheed-Martin-Prepar3D

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The Academy of Wine has grown tremendously from its beginnings in the early 1990s when Steve Hosmer, Director Wine Education West Coast, travelled the country offering wine education seminars. He was joined by Luis Torres, Director of Wine Education East Coast, in 2000 and together they formally created the "University of Wine” and offered education for key accounts and distributors.

In 2002, the Wine Alliance Company was purchased and the "Academy of Wine” was introduced as the new banner for the education team. From 2003 through 2013, the Academy of Wine has enlightened more than 10,000 students annually. Today The Academy of Wine is brought to you by Constellation Wines US.

 

Luis Torres

Wine Expert: Luis Torres

South American-born, Chicago-raised Luis Torres lends his extensive background in wine supply, distribution, and on-premise roles to the Academy. He studied Food Science and Technology before spending 15 years in the restaurant industry. His experience includes an apprenticeship at Charlie Trotter’s with Master Sommelier Larry Stone, studies with the Court of Master Sommeliers, The Wine and Spirits Education Trust and management and wine buying responsibilities for all of Hilton’s Chicago star properties.

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One small step for man; one giant leap for science!

For the 22nd straight year, Track Shack's Celebration of Running 5k presented by Florida Hospital benefited Orlando Science Center. More than 2,400 runners woke up early and ran 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) to raise money for science education programs at the Science Center.

Race through the photos and remember that it's never too early to start training for next year!

Photo Credit: RF Photography


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