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.

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Check out the new 30 second spot for Otronicon 2013! It has lots of your old favorites and plenty of new things as well. Don't miss all the exciting new experiences this year!


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The seventh annual Otronicon is winding down! We’ve assembled some of the best photos from the event, including looks at flight simulators in Military Tech sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the da Vinci Surgical Robot in Medical Sim City sponsored by Florida Hospital for Children and virtual reality courtesy of the Virtusphere.

If you weren’t able to join us for Otronicon, there’s always next year! Keep it on Otronicon.org for the latest news and updates. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/otronicon and follow us on Twitter @otronicon.

Photos courtesy of Micheal van Gelder, RF Photography, and Jeff Stanford.


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Otronicon is still going strong - Don't miss the last day, Monday January 16! Now in its seventh year, multiple industry partners join the Science Center to celebrate the role interactive technology plays in the way we live, learn, work and play. Key events for Sunday included:

Florida Hospital hosted Medical Sim City with demonstrations that included the innovative da Vinci surgical robot along with patient simulators, echocardiograms and a virtual autopsy.

Lockheed Martin hosted the military simulation area featuring cutting-edge flight simulators, driving simulators, student-built robots and other great military displays. Other partners presented virtual marksmanship trainers and show how they use simulations to keep our soldiers and pilots safe.

Guests participated in game design workshops overseen by Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy and others. Plus, checked out game development panels that gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse at every aspect of the production of some favorite video game titles.

Guests also took in robot demonstrations from Lockheed Martin’s First Robotics Team, navigated a robot through a maze courtesy of RDECOM or piloted an underwater robot thanks to Sea Perch.

Photos courtesy of RF Photography.


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There was plenty to do on day 3 of Otronicon 2012! Attendees were able to witness a presentation from Disney entitled Engineering the Magic, play outdoor laser tag provided by Battlefield Live Orlando and compete in a costume contest for the top prize of a $100 Best Buy gift card!

Remember – if you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Otronicon, Monday is the last day!


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The seventh annual Otronicon is in full swing at the Orlando Science Center. Now in its seventh year, Otronicon promotes technology “made in Orlando, played in Orlando,” spotlighting Central Florida organizations creating games, simulators and jobs that are changing our high tech future.

Big activities for the weekend include outdoor laser tag courtesy of Battlefield Live Orlando (Saturday and Sunday only), digital art displays, Steve Jobs memorial, EA Sports Experience, presentations from engineers with Walt Disney World Resorts, virtual reality, laser shows, medical technology from Florida Hospital for Children and incredibly cool flight simulators from Lockheed Martin and our military partners. Otronicon runs through Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Micheal Van Gelder.


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Otronicon got off to a great start today with Orlando's best in simulation, video game development and interactive technology. Thanks to all of our partners who help make this event a Central Florida digital media showcase every year!


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It was an enchanting evening at Orlando Science Center’s fourth annual Science of Wine on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The event was sold out for the second year in a row as guests, patrons and partners experienced the wonder and joy of the Science Center in a very different way. With 150 wines to sample and some of the best gourmet food from Orlando’s top restaurants and caterers, not to mention the education spread throughout, it truly makes a unique occasion.

Photo Credit: Roberto Gonzalez

Proceeds from the Science of Wine provide operating support for educational programs and opportunities for youth, regardless of their ability to pay, to experience the fun and discovery of Orlando Science Center.

Special thanks to presenting sponsor Akerman and wine sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits for supporting this event since its inception in 2010.


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If you're thinking about attending or sponsoring the 2014 Science of Wine, or perhaps you were at this year's event and want to relive the festivities, check out this video recap!

Thanks again to presenting sponsor Akerman, wine provider Southern Wine & Spirits, restaurant partners, sponsors and educators for their support.




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The 2013 Science of Wine saw a record number of more than 700 attendees sample wine, learn the science thereof and raise funds for Orlando Science Center’s educational programs.

Almost two dozen of Orlando’s top restaurants prepared delectable bites and more than 100 wines were available to taste. Information stations allowed guests to discover how wine is made and much more. In addition, Luis Torres of the Constellation Academy of Wine returned for the third year to give a seminar that examined how best to pair wine with cheese.

Thanks to presenting sponsor Akerman, wine provider Southern Wine & Spirits, restaurant partners, sponsors and educators for their support.




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If this video doesn't whet your appetite, nothing will. Dan Drayer, executive chef for Talk of the Town Restaurants, shares what Charley's Steakhouse will have for guests at the 2013 Science of Wine. 

Charley's Steak House is family-owned and has operated since 1974. They offer a fabulous menu of typical and not-so-typical steakhouse fare. Enjoy their menu offerings as well as other Talk of the Town Restaurants at the 2013 Science of Wine on May 11!




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2013 Science of Wine is tomorrow night! We dropped by Tim's Wine Market to speak with Tim Varan himself about what guests can expect at the event. 




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