Otronicon Exhibitors Offer Access to the Latest and Greatest Technology!

From education to military to gaming, nearly 60 exhibitors will be in attendance at Otronicon this year showing guests their newest technology! Whether you’re interested in medical tech and want to use the surgical DaVinci robot, or you’re interested in game creation, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Otronicon! 

 

 Here’s what you can expect from some of the many exhibitors during Otronicon, January 17 to 20, 2020! Please note that some of these exhibitors may only be present on select days.

Education & Tech

At its core, Otronicon is a hub for education. Whether or not attendees realize it (because of the amount of fun being had) each exhibit, experience, speaker, and workshop is teaching them something new. This year, 18 education and tech exhibitors like the UCF Department of Games and Interactive Media and Tech Sassy Girlz will be in attendance showing guests all the possible careers in STEAM they can pursue.

Tech Sassy Girls booth at Otronicon

Artists

Gone are the days that technology and art are viewed as two distinct entities. As technology continues to become integral in every aspect of society, it has formed a unique and vital relationship with the arts. This year, Otronicon will feature 16 local innovative artists like Orlando native Synthestruct and crowd favorite, The Sticker Dork, to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math in the Central Florida community. Future artists and scientists alike will be inspired by the opportunities that arise when these two disciplines are united.

An artist exhibitor at Otronicon looks at her paintings

Military/Aerospace

The military has driven some of the most recognizable technological advances in the world. The Internet, radar tracking, and EpiPens would not exist today without their military origins. From cutting-edge flight simulators to engineering practices, Otronicon is pleased to offer unprecedented access to innovative technology from the military, produced right in Central Florida. Don’t miss exhibitors like Lockheed Martin, NASA Kennedy Space Center, and more.

Guest using military simulators

Gaming

Get an immersive, exciting and comprehensive look into the science that has made your favorite games come to life at Otronicon 2020. Meet the gaming industry leaders like the Serious Games Showcase and Orlando Game Space that will not only show off their creations, but take you through their creation process, from concept to final product.

Guests playing in a video game tournament at Otronicon

Medical/Health

Where else can you operate a surgical robot and compete in a video game tournament within the same hour? Otronicon, of course! With groundbreaking equipment that is transforming the healthcare industry, this an opportunity to see and experience innovative technology that is difficult to find anywhere else.

AdventHealth showing guests of Otronicon the surgical robot.

Tech Startups

It’s no secret Orlando is growing into a major hub for science, technology, engineering, art, and math careers. For this and many other reasons, Otronicon hosts the O-Tech Startup Showcase, which highlights Orlando entrepreneurs to inspire tomorrow’s tech visionaries to see the potential for opportunity right here in our own hometown. Visit these exhibitors to learn exactly what it takes to create a tech start-up. Who knows? Maybe you’ll return to Otronicon in a few years with your own!

 

Click here to view the full list of exhibitors. 

Guests of Otronicon interacting with a game.

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). Click here to purchase Otronicon tickets.

 

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

From Electrifyingly Fun Live Shows to Drones— Don’t Miss These Experiences Only At Otronicon!

Have an electrifyingly fun time during these can’t-miss experiences at Otronicon!

Prepare to be mesmerized by dazzling live shows and events occurring throughout the entire four days of Otronicon! In addition to the dozens of exhibitors with cutting-edge technology to experience, Orlando Science Center will be hosting spectacles like none other. Discover technology that boggles the senses and learn directly from one of the most influential leaders in the gaming industry today.

 

Tesla Coil Shows

Back by popular demand, it’s the hair-raising Tesla Coil Show! Discover how a Tesla coil can be transformed into a musical instrument in this live show that explores the science of electricity and celebrates the innovative mind of Nikola Tesla and his Tesla coil. Explore the different types of electricity and delve into the history of the “current wars” between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. You won’t want to miss this shockingly exciting experience!

*Please note that this presentation contains loud noises and flashing lights. This may not be suitable for all audiences.

 

Keynote Speaker Kate Edwards

Gain invaluable insight from Otronicon Keynote Speaker, Kate Edwards, in her presentation, “Career Paths to Game Creation” on Saturday, January 18. Discover how you can become a part of the growing global face of game creation regardless of your background. Edwards has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s “10 most powerful women in gaming” and has consulted on many projects for leading companies such as BioWare, Ubisoft, LEGO, and Facebook. After her presentation, engage in a Q&A session to learn personally from this visionary.

 

Drone Experiences

Then explore drone technology and try to master flying these amazing machines in a drone cage! Work together in groups and test flight skills by flying drones through a series of obstacles set-up in our mobile flight cage. On Saturday, watch as the USF College of Engineering control drones with their minds using a brain-computer interface.  

 

Speakers & Workshops

Learn from the innovators and trailblazers throughout our Central Florida community with workshops and speaker talks at Otronicon! From creating your own bioluminescent 3D printed organism to learning about the business of making games, you’ll leave these workshops and speaker talks with a newfound skill and appreciation for STEM. 

 

Squishy Circuits with Pikachu in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory 

Harness the powers of electric Pokemon as you make and test your own conductive dough to learn about the science of electricity with the help of Pikachu!

 

Schedule of Events

The Tesla Coil Show will be presented throughout Otronicon. Attendees of adults-only Science Night Live will be able to experience the show that evening but will need a separate ticket for the event.

 

Kate Edwards will present at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 18.

 

Drone programming will be available on the SunTrust Terrace from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and again from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on all four days of Otronicon.

 

Speakers and workshops will take place throughout Otronicon. Click here for the speaker schedule. Click here for the workshop schedule. 

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). Click here to purchase Otronicon tickets.

 

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

20 Things to Look Forward to in 2020

As we look back on 2019, we can’t help but think of all the amazing events, exhibits and visitors that made it one of Orlando Science Center’s best years yet! From hosting the world premiere of traveling exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine, to our Education team taking Orlando Science Center to families in Guantanamo Bay — 2019 was a year of discovery, learning, incredible accomplishments and so much more. As we look ahead to 2020, we can’t wait for all of the new and exciting traveling exhibits, events, and of course visitors that we’ll see this coming year. 

Here are 20 things to look forward to at Orlando Science Center in 2020.

1. Otronicon v. 15: We can’t believe it’s been 15 years since the first Otronicon Expo! This year, Otronicon will be bigger and better than ever! From our brand-new Community Events to the O-tech Startup Showcase, workshops and more! Join us on January 17 to 20 for four days of interactive tech. Click here to learn more.

 

2. Science Night Live: Come see how grown-ups do the Science Center! Orlando Science Center is reserved strictly for adults at Science Night Live, with grown-up-inspired programming, hands-on challenges, experiments and guest speakers. No two events are alike, so be sure to attend each one! Adult beverages and light bites are available for purchase. Join us for the first one of the year on January 18, 2020, featuring Otronicon programming! Ages 21+ only.  Learn more.

 

3. Monthly Themed Events: New science, same science center! Join us each month of the year for a new theme, new live shows, and new content. From engineering to the great outdoors, every month we’ll celebrate a different avenue of science with a big weekend event! Be sure to “like” us on Facebook, and check our website regularly to ensure you’re always in the know!

 

4. Top Secret: License to Spy: Opening January 25, 2020, this exhibit focuses on the science and technology of spying and espionage. On arrival at the exhibition, the visitor is presented with a scenario and six suspects. Armed with a Spy File, the visitor is challenged with gathering intelligence from selected exhibits to uncover information on the suspects, leading them on a journey of discovery into the secret world of spies.

 

5. Science Competitions: The Curtis Rising Stars Challenge, Curtis Kinetic Science Competition, Lockheed Martin Science Challenge, and Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition all support children and young adults in their scientific endeavors by allowing them to showcase their accomplishments, gain access to mentors in the community, and get aid for their future academic and career goals. Learn more about these STEM competitions and how you can get involved!

 

6. Break Camps: When school is out, break camps are in! Orlando Science Center hosts break camps when Orange County Public Schools or Seminole County Public Schools are out of session for teacher work days and holiday breaks. Engaging break camps give children a productive and fun way to spend their time off from school with a chance to learn more about STEM in an exciting, interactive environment. Click here for dates and topics.

 

7. STEM Day at the Capitol: Orlando Science Center will take to the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee with fellow STEM partners to highlight how strategic partnerships fill the STEM talent pipeline! There will be experiments, flight simulators and more for state legislators to experience while discussing the importance of STEM education as it relates to growing Florida’s technological workforce.

 

8. Science of Wine Fundraiser 10th year: Sip, Savor and Support the mission of Orlando Science Center on April 25, 2020! Science of Wine is a unique wine and food tasting with an educational twist. More than 150 of the finest wines from all of the major regions of the world will be represented thanks to our presenting sponsor, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits. Local gourmet restaurants and caterers will also be present to pair the wines with a variety of delectable dishes, and guests can purchase add-on experiences such as cooking demonstrations and seminars. Click here to learn more.

 

9. Mess Month: May will be our messiest month ever! Instead of one weekend of Mess Fest, this year, every weekend will be a marvelous mess! Each weekend will showcase a different sense, so you’ll see, hear, touch, and smell a different mess every visit!

 

10. Workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace and Dr. Dare’s Lab: Get a handle on hands-on learning! Weekends at OSC are full of workshops, lab experiments, and open-make activities. If you haven’t taken a workshop in The Hive: A Makerspace, presented by the Isaacs Family yet — you’re missing out on creativity, STEM learning and fun! Workshops take place each weekend, and on select Thursdays. From 3D Printing to Sewing 101, you’ll leave with a newfound skill after attending workshops in The Hive. 

 

11. Pompeii: The Immortal City: Making its fourth and final stop at Orlando Science Center on June 6, 2020, Pompeii The Immortal City will plunge guests into the heart of the drama and ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii. Spectacular immersive moments allow guests to experience the destruction of the city and to identify with the inhabitants of that time, immobilized by the volcano’s ashes.

Don’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this exhibit! Click here to learn more.

 

12. Summer Camps: Orlando Science Center offers hands-on summer camps so that children entering Preschool* through Grade 9 can dive deep into their favorite STEM topics while school is out! Members get first pick at camps, plus an amazing discount during the month of January! Become a Member today to enjoy Summer Camp presale. Click here to become a  Member. . *Preschool is a DCF licensed center C09OR0729.

 

13. Science After Sundown: This summer, when the sun goes down, your IQ goes up as you experience science fun and discovery during late nights at Orlando Science Center. On Friday & Saturday nights, experience the Science Center with fewer crowds than the busy daytime hours! Come later in the day and stay through the evening, or just stop by after dinner for a few hours of casual brain-bolstering.

 

14. New movies: Go on a giant-screen adventure, or immerse yourself in astounding 3D locales, with educational and Hollywood films in one of our two theaters! From Toy Story 4 to Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation, you’re going to lava all the new flicks coming to OSC throughout the year!

 

15. Bubble Bash: Pop over for the cleanest mess of the year! Learn about the science of soap, from why bubbles are round to why scientists in different fields study bubbles. From workshops in The Hive to FOAMsplosions on the Terrace, OSC will be bursting with bubbles!

 

16. Design Zone: Discover that math isn’t just a subject in school—it’s a fundamental, creative tool that artists and engineers use to design and invent! Coming to the Science Center in fall 2020, Design Zone highlights the relationship between mathematical thinking and the creative process in art, music, and engineering.

 

17. Bank of America Weekends: On the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America or Merill Lynch debit or credit card holders can receive free admission on Saturdays and Sundays to Orlando Science Center through the Bank of America Museums on Us program. To gain free entry, present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch debit or credit card and a matching photo ID. The deal applies to cardholder only and does not include additional guests or children.

 

18. OSC After Dark: Have a frightfully fantastic night at the museum as you dance the night away in DinoDigs, enjoying some wicked tricks and treats. Special experiences include a costume contest, live music and entertainment, sweet and savory bites, and booo-z beverages! Ages 21 and up only. OSC After Dark takes place in October. Check back for the date and details.

 

19. Pumpkins & Protons: This spooky party is out most popular member-only event of the year! Bring your entire clan of monsters for a safe night of Halloween fun for creatures of all ages, and enjoy scary carnival games, trick-or-treat, and help the Ghostflusters save the Science Center.

 

20. Noon Year’s Eve: You don’t have to wait until midnight, ring in the New Year with us! Countdown to the New Year with Stan the T-Rex and the rest of OSC, and start the year with science!

Five Ways to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions at Otronicon

We’re ringing in the New Year—and the new decade—with 2020 vision for an innovative new future. We know you’re looking to become your best self this year, and Otronicon 2020 has come just in time with revolutionary techniques to help you achieve your goals! Here’s how Central Florida’s most ambitious tech and STEM career expo will inspire you to discover and reach for the stars.

 

  1. Learn a New Skill —Not only can you immerse yourself in the newest state-of-the-art tech in entertainment, medicine and science at Otronicon, you can also learn to become an innovator in your own right. Take part in one of our workshops or learn directly from experts in their field at one of our speaker sessions. You’ll walk away knowing you can already do something you couldn’t in 2019!
  2. Spend More Time With Friends and Family —Grab the whole family and make Otronicon a weekend outing! Spend quality time learning new skills together, discovering the latest tech being made right here in Central Florida, and even going head-to-head in gaming competitions. As an Orlando Science Center member, your guest passes are also valid. Don’t hesitate to invite a friend you wish you saw more of in 2019 or bring your best friend for your first joint adventure of the year.
  3. Be More Active —With four floors packed with electrifying technology, there’s no doubt you’ll be making countless circuits around the Science Center. Put on your best walking shoes and get ready to discover dozens of exhibitors ranging from major companies to local artists that all share a passion for technology. Even try your hand at virtual reality simulators that’ll get you moving.
  4. Save Money — Control-Alt-Delete your worries about your weekend budget for the New Year! As an Orlando Science Center member, Otronicon is absolutely free for you. That’s four action-packed days of discovering for you and your entire family at absolutely no cost. 
  5. Meet New People — Only Otronicon brings all the Central Florida leaders that are shaping the future together in one place! Speak directly with trailblazers from big-name companies you’re familiar with or make friends by learning something new from the startups that are taking off in our own backyard. Who knows, you may even meet a new career path! 

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). Click here to purchase Otronicon tickets.

 

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Join Us for the Otronicon Speaker Series Featuring Industry Professionals

At Otronicon, you can learn directly from fascinating speakers, including industry leaders, visionaries, professors, and more.

Get insight into how technology developed in the Orlando area is changing the world. From revolutionizing education to creating the latest groundbreaking entertainment, these speakers have done it all. For the future trailblazers out there, this is an invaluable opportunity to get advice from experts in technology and engineering about how to snag that coveted dream job.

 

Join us for the Otronicon speaker series daily at the Discovery Stage in Our Planet on Level 4 during January 17 – 20, 2020! With unique presentations each day, there is something to captivate and interest everyone who walks through the doors. 

 

Please note that these speakers are only presenting on select days and that times are subject to change. 

 


 

Chris Zabriskie: How to Glitch Video

Friday, January 17 and Sunday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. 

 

A presentation covering the basics of video glitching, including the history of analog video distortion, how glitching works, the equipment required to get started glitching video, and a live demonstration.

 


 

OSC Presents: The Out of Your Body Experience

Friday, January 17 and Monday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m. 

 

Solve medical mysteries through chemistry as we learn more about how our bodies work.

 


 

OSC Presents: Cool Science

Friday, January 17, Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m. 

 

Learn about the science of extreme cold with liquid nitrogen demonstrations at the Discovery Stage! Recommended age 6+.

 


 

William Allen: Google Street View: Taking Control of Accurate Localization Through 360 Degree Imagery

Saturday, January 18  at 12:00 p.m. 

 

Learn how to accurately represent your space through 360-degree technology. Information is more easily accessible than ever. Likewise, methods for updating information have improved. As it stands, portions of the Florida Southern College campus have images from 5-10 years ago. This project’s goal is to update the representation of the Florida Southern College campus on Google Street View. Using 360-degree technology, pathways are mapped through campus to provide a modern visualization for users to experience. After capturing the space, images are uploaded to Google Street View and individual images stitched together to allow for smooth movement providing an accurate representation of the space.

 


 

Keynote Speaker Kate Edwards Presents: Career Paths into Game Creation

Saturday, January 18 at 1:30 p.m. (in the Digital Adventure Theater, Level 2) – Full Details

 

The majority of people play some kind of game today, but have you ever thought of creating your own? Today, game creation tools are powerful and free, and more people are using games as a form of self-expression. Come hear how you can become a part of the growing global face of game creation regardless of your background (psst – you don’t have to be a programmer!)

 


 

Rupert Meghnot: The Business of Making Games 

Saturday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. 

 

The takeaway will be a basic understanding of what to consider, and be prepared for, in order to create, sustain and scale an indie game studio. The “2019 Global Game Industry 50 Over 50” presenter will discuss these nine topics: 1) Do you have what it takes? 2) Why are you doing this? 3) What kind of games will you offer? 4) Who’s your target market and how will you reach them? 5) How will you distribute your games? 6) What’s your business model? 7) What’s your budget and schedule? 8) What’s your PLAN? and, 9) Who’s on your Team?

 


 

Chris Ferguson: Video Games, The Joker and Smartphones – Parenting in the Digital Age

Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. 

 

Parents are bombarded with scary messages about technology's impact on kids. Do smartphones cause suicide? Do video games cause violence? Did the Joker move provoke a revolution of angry white men? Separating the good data from fear-mongering can be tough, even as new technological innovations come at breakneck pace. This presentation will provide parents with up-to-date research to help them understand the role of technology in their children's development.

 


 

Joe Tankersley: Reimagining Our Tomorrows

Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19 at 3:00 p.m.

 

The stories we tell about tomorrow’s possibilities will determine the shape of our future. But we live in a world where technological change is happening so fast it threatens to outpace our imagination. Reimagining Our Tomorrows will show audiences of all ages, how to free their future imaginations and reclaim their power to create the best possible future for ourselves, our families, and our community. The secret ingredient to this method is learning how to combine big dreams with critical imagination. The future does not exist. Each of us has the power to decide what future we want to create.

 


 

Aaron Cendan: Accessibility in Games - The Need For Immersive Audio  

Sunday, January 20 at 12:00 p.m.

 

Inclusion is at the heart of accessibility. It is the breaking down of barriers that prevent people from interacting with media. In "The Need For Immersive Audio," we will explore how the appropriate conveyance of sound can play a major role in allowing everyone to fully engage with games. From clear dialog to accurately positioned 3D audio to the distinct pairing of musical instruments with characters, let's take a closer look at how modern tools can lead us to create more accessible experiences.

 


 

Brandon Naids: Tech Startup - The Road Less Travelled  

Monday, January 20 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Growing up, we are taught to follow our dreams to go to college and pursue a specific career. However, even if you follow society's rules by the books, you might still have to build your own path. This was something I learned the hard way after following my dream to build roller coasters. I moved away from my family and friends in Pennsylvania to Orlando in order to study engineering at UCF. I had done extra curricular activities, worked an internship at the Kennedy Space Center, an internship with Universal Orlando, and was not able to lock in a full time job after graduation.

 


 

Kurt Leucht: Got Robots? - Living and Working on the Moon  

Monday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m.

 

NASA has been using robots to investigate and explore outer space and moons and planets for more than 6 decades. Kurt Leucht, Software Engineer for NASA, will explain NASA’s apparent infatuation with our moon. Kurt will showcase technologies for living off the land on the moon that could prepare the way for future long term human exploration of the moon and then of Mars. 

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). Click here to purchase Otronicon tickets.

 

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Learn How To Code Like A Wizard, Make Stop-Motion Animation, and More During Otronicon Workshops!

Become the next great innovator at Otronicon with our engaging, expert-led workshops!

From creating your own bioluminescent 3D printed organism to learning how to set up a state-of-the-art home security system, you’ll leave these workshops with a newfound skill and appreciation for STEM. 

 

Workshop registration is available in the Club House on Level 1. Space is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis so please sign up upon arriving at Otronicon to guarantee your spot. Starting January 13, 2020, guests can reserve workshops in advance for a nominal fee of $5.00 by contacting the reservations department at classes@osc.org or 407.514.2112. Once you are registered we ask that you report to the Club House at least 15 minutes prior to your workshop time to be escorted to the classrooms.

 

Check out the exciting workshops you have to look forward to during Otronicon from January 17-20, 2020!

 


Aaron Cendan presents: Behind the Scenes of Integrating Sound in Games

Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 13 and Up)

Have you ever wondered how the sounds of your footsteps in a video game change depending on the surface you are walking on, whether you are crouched, or whether you are carrying a backpack full of jingle bells? In "Behind the Scenes of Integrating Sound in Games," you will get the opportunity to record, edit, and integrate sound in a video game that changes based on context.

 


 

Disney presents: Star Wars Hour of Code

Monday, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 6 and Up)

This interactive experience introduces coding and computer science in a fun and easy to learn environment for students ages 6 and up. 


 

Dragonfly CGArtwork presents: Dragonfly TITAN Simulation NASA’s mission to Titan

Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30p.m. (30 min - All Ages)

Dragonfly T I T A N. It is a simulation game of NASA’s New Frontiers mission to Saturn’s moon Titan schedule to be launch on 2026 and arrive in 2034. The rotorcraft will fly to dozens of locations on Titan looking for prebiotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth. Dragonfly marks the first time NASA will fly a multi-rotor vehicle for science on another planet; it has eight rotors and flies like a large drone. It will take advantage of Titan’s dense atmosphere to become the first vehicle ever to fly to new places around Titan.


 

Lockheed Martin presents: Production Methodology

Friday – Monday, 12:30 p.m., 1:30p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (60 min – All Ages)

The production methodology workshop will allow participants to work together to build a product, reading and understanding procedures, process improvement, and understand the importance of team communication.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Camp Know Where Rule The Arcade

Friday, 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

It’s no surprise that the kids in Stranger Things spend a lot of time in the Arcade in Hawkins. Attendees will be told that Hawkins is putting in a new arcade, and they will get to be the ones to design the games to fill it. In the end, they will have a game based on the show that possibly even Mad Max can’t beat.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Literacy Skills for Emerging Readers

Friday and Monday, 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 6 and Up)

Build your reading foundation with Immersive Reader in the OneNote app. Explore tools that help improve focus while reading, identify parts of speech, and read text out loud.

 


 

Microsoft presents: MakeCode Minecraft

Saturday and Monday, 2:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Participants will create original coding programs in their own Minecraft world and learn new computer science concepts, such as events, coordinates, variables, and conditionals. They will practice using computational, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills. No prior experience with MakeCode or Minecraft is required.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Get Creative with 3D in Windows 10

Friday and Sunday, 2:30 p.m., and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

The world we live in is multidimensional, so shouldn’t our art be as well? Students will bring their imagination to life by learning new Paint 3D in Windows 10. In this high-energy collaborative environment, participants will fuel their creativity and learn key tools and features of 3D in Windows 10.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Understanding Cyberbullying – Be kind to everyone online

(In English) Friday and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. | (en español) Monday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Participants will learn what cyberbullying is and why it happens, the best strategies to deal with cyberbullying and how to be kind and inclusive online.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Connect, create, and achieve more with Windows 10 and Office 365

(In English) Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and Monday, 3:30 p.m. | (en español) Sunday, 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

This workshop will show you how to collaborate on the go, keep your family safer online, stay organized with OneNote, and more. Participants choose topics of interest and leave understanding how to get empowered with Microsoft apps and tools like Windows 10, Pen and Windows Ink, Mobile Apps and more.

 


Aaron Cendan presents: Behind the Scenes of Integrating Sound in Games

Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 13 and Up)

Have you ever wondered how the sounds of your footsteps in a video game change depending on the surface you are walking on, whether you are crouched, or whether you are carrying a backpack full of jingle bells? In "Behind the Scenes of Integrating Sound in Games," you will get the opportunity to record, edit, and integrate sound in a video game that changes based on context.

 


 

Disney presents: Star Wars Hour of Code

Monday, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 6 and Up)

This interactive experience introduces coding and computer science in a fun and easy to learn environment for students ages 6 and up. 


 

Dragonfly CGArtwork presents: Dragonfly TITAN Simulation NASA’s mission to Titan

Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30p.m. (30 min - All Ages)

Dragonfly T I T A N. It is a simulation game of NASA’s New Frontiers mission to Saturn’s moon Titan schedule to be launch on 2026 and arrive in 2034. The rotorcraft will fly to dozens of locations on Titan looking for prebiotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth. Dragonfly marks the first time NASA will fly a multi-rotor vehicle for science on another planet; it has eight rotors and flies like a large drone. It will take advantage of Titan’s dense atmosphere to become the first vehicle ever to fly to new places around Titan.


 

Lockheed Martin presents: Production Methodology

Friday – Monday, 12:30 p.m., 1:30p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (60 min – All Ages)

The production methodology workshop will allow participants to work together to build a product, reading and understanding procedures, process improvement, and understand the importance of team communication.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Camp Know Where Rule The Arcade

Friday, 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

It’s no surprise that the kids in Stranger Things spend a lot of time in the Arcade in Hawkins. Attendees will be told that Hawkins is putting in a new arcade, and they will get to be the ones to design the games to fill it. In the end, they will have a game based on the show that possibly even Mad Max can’t beat.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Literacy Skills for Emerging Readers

Friday and Monday, 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 6 and Up)

Build your reading foundation with Immersive Reader in the OneNote app. Explore tools that help improve focus while reading, identify parts of speech, and read text out loud.

 


 

Microsoft presents: MakeCode Minecraft

Saturday and Monday, 2:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Participants will create original coding programs in their own Minecraft world and learn new computer science concepts, such as events, coordinates, variables, and conditionals. They will practice using computational, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills. No prior experience with MakeCode or Minecraft is required.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Get Creative with 3D in Windows 10

Friday and Sunday, 2:30 p.m., and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

The world we live in is multidimensional, so shouldn’t our art be as well? Students will bring their imagination to life by learning new Paint 3D in Windows 10. In this high-energy collaborative environment, participants will fuel their creativity and learn key tools and features of 3D in Windows 10.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Understanding Cyberbullying – Be kind to everyone online

(In English) Friday and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. | (en español) Monday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Participants will learn what cyberbullying is and why it happens, the best strategies to deal with cyberbullying and how to be kind and inclusive online.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Connect, create, and achieve more with Windows 10 and Office 365

(In English) Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and Monday, 3:30 p.m. | (en español) Sunday, 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

This workshop will show you how to collaborate on the go, keep your family safer online, stay organized with OneNote, and more. Participants choose topics of interest and leave understanding how to get empowered with Microsoft apps and tools like Windows 10, Pen and Windows Ink, Mobile Apps and more.

 


Orlando Science Center presents: Makey Makey

Sunday, 2:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Explore circuitry and conductivity through the Makey Makey - an invention kit for everyone! Turn everyday objects into touchpads and create your own video game controller in this fun hands-on workshop.

 


 

Orlando Science Center presents: Scratch Game Design

Sunday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Start programming in a snap using Scratch! Create games and digital art using this collaborative platform from the MIT Media Lab.

 


 

Orlando Science Center presents: Stop Motion Animation

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Bring your imagination to life using stop motion animation technology! We’ll learn how to use a green screen to create movies that take place anywhere in the world. We will use a stop motion app that can be downloaded on your own smartphone so that you can continue creating at home!

 


 

Society of Women Engineers presents: Catapults!

Sunday, 2:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

This workshop teaches any person how to create a catapult using everyday items. Participants will be able to test accuracy, power, and tower during this event.

 


 

Techpays Foundation presents: Code a home security camera with Raspberry Pi

Sunday 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Feeling safe is a basic human need. Coding and creating a home security camera and app can be the first line of defense. Attendees will learn how to operate a Raspberry Pi microcomputer and create a security system in this workshop!

 


 

UCF CREATE presents: Glorganisms

Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

What are Glorganisms? No, it’s not an alien lifeform here to take over the planet. Glorganisms are bioluminescent (glow in the dark), 3D printed organisms. In this workshop, you will create a plant or an animal using a 3Doodler pen. There will be a black light so you can see your Glorganism glow in the dark. We will learn a little science and a little tech, but we will have A LOT of fun!

 


 

UCF GaIM presents: Maker Space Laser Cut Design 

Monday, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (90 min – Ages 8 and Up)

The UCF Games and Interactive Media Maker Space is presenting this workshop where visitors can participate in designing a project to be laser cut, which can be taken home. These designs can be wearable pendants, unique keychains, or small art works.

 


 

UCF Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy presents: Game Development Card Game

Friday, 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. (90 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Game Dev Game is a 1-4 player card game that teaches about how video game development works. Players take on the roles of programmer, artist, designer, and producer to cooperatively build games based on random rolls of the dice for genre (like platformer, MMO) and theme (aliens, animals, etc.)

 


 

Women in Animation at UCF presents: The Principles of Animation – Flipbooks!

Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (60 min – All Ages)

Women in Animation will be explaining the 12 principles of animation and demonstrate how to create a traditional flipbook animation with movement and secondary action.

 

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). Click here to purchase Otronicon tickets.

 

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Cool Reindeer Facts You Didn’t Know

Eenie meenie miney doe, how many reindeer facts do you know?

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall, the biology of them all? You’ve probably heard this song before, but have you heard the science behind Santa’s fluffy helpers?

 

A reindeer by any other name could still pull a sleigh

What exactly is a reindeer? These animals are part of the deer family, or Cervidae, which includes deer, elk, moose, and wapiti. Reindeer are also commonly known as caribou. This classification is primarily based on location, or habitat. Reindeer refers to the domesticated animal, while caribou refers to the wild animal.

Female reindeer are slaying it!

Scientists have observed that male reindeer shed their antlers in early December after mating season, while female reindeer keep their antlers all year. This means that if the reindeer spotted pulling Santa’s sleigh on December 24 have antlers, they must be females, as males would have already shed their antlers.

The cold never bothered them anyway

Why does Santa have a reindeer-drawn sleigh instead of a horse-drawn carriage? Reindeer are native to cold climates like Alaska, Canada, and Scandinavia and have adapted to the cold. A reindeer’s fur is made up of hollow hairs that trap in air and keep them well-insulated. They are also the only animal to have hair completely cover their noses. This helps warm up the cold air they breathe before it reaches their lungs.

The real red-nosed reindeer

You may remember Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and his shiny schnoz. Scientists say that having a rosy nose is not only possible but common in Santa’s furry friends. Reindeer have 25% more blood vessels in their nose than humans. This helps keep their noses warm, which allows them to warm up the frigid air before they breathe it in. Exposure to extreme cold, or exercise increases blood flow, and with so many extra blood vessels in their noses, they can turn a light rosy color.

Eye on the prize

Reindeer have also adapted to see ultraviolet light. While humans are no strangers to ultraviolet light, we are unable to see it. UV rays are commonly known to cause sunburn or snow blindness by reflecting brightly off of the white snow. Reindeer, however, have adapted the ability to these wavelengths. This not only protects their eyes but allows them to better see food or other animals camouflaged in the snow.

So next time you hear the pitter-patter of hooves on your roof, remember it’s no coincidence that Santa uses these gentle giants to pull his sleigh. Reindeer have adapted to weather their frosty environment and help deliver Christmas cheer all over the world.

5 Way To Go Green This Holiday Season

'Tis the season of red and green, but how green are you actually being? Americans create 25% more waste from Thanksgiving to New Year’s than any other time of year. That’s an extra 1 million tons of trash per week! Here are a few ways you can go green this holiday season without looking like the Grinch!

That’s a wrap on wrapping paper!

 

It’s a common misconception that wrapping paper can be recycled simply because it’s paper. However, coated, glittery, and textured paper materials cannot. When these unrecyclable materials get mixed in with recyclable products, it can result in the whole lot being thrown away. Instead, try using paper materials like newspapers, old maps, comics, or make your own!

Out with the old and in with the new

 

When you upgrade to new tech, don’t just toss out your old devices, recycle them! A United Nations study reported that 44.7 million tons of e-waste was discarded in 2016, and only 20% of it was disposed of properly. Here are some easy ways you can recycle, or donate and make a difference:

 

Call2Recycle is a nationwide organization that recycles old devices and batteries. You can simply mail in old tech without leaving your house, or enter your zip code to find a convenient location near you!

 

Does your old phone still function? The World Computer Exchange is a nonprofit organization that works to get developing countries into the digital age. They accept everything from computers to graphing calculators.   

Sew what else can I do?

 

Handmade gifts are a great way to show someone how you feel without creating excess waste. From bath bombs to jewelry making, you can’t go wrong with a personal touch.

 

Upcycling is another great way to save the planet and a little money. Old board games are a great way to customize a picture frame. Or grab some old clothing and embroider an embellishment.

embroidered jacket

Last but not leftovers

 

According to the WorldWatch Institute, Americans generate three times as much food waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s as we do the rest of the year. Resolve to go green this year, by starting a compost! Are you a local? The City of Orlando will help you get started for free!

 

Composting is not as difficult or as disgusting as you might think! It can divert up 30% of food waste from a landfill and back into healing the Earth while offering a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to creating your compost starting with the end of your Christmas tree!

Think outside the plastic box

 

Tired of giving gifts that will be outgrown or outdated in a few months? This holiday season, ditch the plastic packaging and gift an experience. You can avoid creating excess waste by gifting tickets to movies or events, certificates for chores or date night, gift cards that can be reloaded and re-gifted, or gift a membership to a favorite theme park or science center!

Otronicon Keynote Speaker: Kate Edwards

Kate Edwards Presents: Career Paths into Game Creation

The countdown to Otronicon is on! From hands-on workshops to interactive exhibits, all ages are invited to ignite their passion for STEM learning! 
 
With Otronicon quickly approaching, we'd like to introduce you to Otronicon's keynote speaker, Kate Edwards. Learn more about her daytime presentation below or check out Science Night Live, our evening for adults 21+ only, to hear her presentation "The Geography Behind Building Game Worlds."

Abstract: 

Video games are the most popular form of entertainment today, with annual global sales surpassing both movie and music revenue combined, as well as all live sports around the world! They’re a cultural and economic phenomenon that’s changing the way people experience stories and how we play together as communities.
 
The majority of people play some kind of game today, but have you ever thought of creating your own? Today, game creation tools are powerful and free, and more people are using games as a form of self-expression. Come hear how you can become a part of the growing global face of game creation regardless of your background (psst – you don’t have to be a programmer!)

Presentation Info:

Title: Career Paths into Game Creation
 
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
 
Times: 1:30 p.m. 
 
Location: Digital Adventure Theater, Level 2
 
Format: 20-minute presentation followed by a short Q&A
 
*Schedule is subject to change. Doors open 15 minutes prior to presentation. 

About Our Keynote: 

Kate Edwards is the Executive Director of the Global Game Jam, as well as the CEO and principal consultant of Geogrify, a consultancy which pioneered content culturalization. She is also a Board Member of Take This and is the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) from 2012 to 2017. In addition to being an award-winning advocate who serves in several advisory roles, she is a geographer, writer, and corporate strategist.
 
Following 13 years at Microsoft, she has consulted on many game and non-game projects for BioWare, Google, Amazon, Facebook, LEGO, and many other companies. Fortune magazine named her as one of the "10 most powerful women" in the game industry in 2013 and in 2014 was named by GamesIndustry.biz as one of their six People of the Year. In 2018, she was honored with Reboot Develop’s annual Hero Award and also presented with IndieCade’s annual Game Changer Award, and in 2019 she was presented with a Special Award from GameRome for her ongoing service to the global game industry. She is also profiled in the December 2018 publication Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play.

Otronicon Ignites Lifelong Passion for STEM

Mackenzie Liezert has always wanted to know how things work. She, like many native Central Floridians, visited Orlando Science Center several times throughout her childhood. This was the perfect way for her to unleash her curiosity and learn about the world around her. These visits were an enjoyable part of her childhood, but the Science Center took on a whole new meaning once she began her college career at the University of Central Florida. In January 2019, Mackenzie attended Otronicon as a volunteer with her fraternity. There, she was enthralled with the amount of science and technology available to discover.

 

“People underestimate how much there is to do,” says Mackenzie. “It isn’t just for people who are tech-obsessed. It’s a fun way to hang out and try something new.”

 

One of her favorite parts of volunteering at Otronicon was seeing how much attendees were enjoying the event. This passion, along with extra free time in the upcoming summer, inspired her to become an Orlando Science Center volunteer. Now, she’s a valuable member of the Visitor Experience volunteer team, stocking and managing supplies that make every guest experience exciting and memorable. Her favorite part of her role is that it encourages her to try new things and be an integral part creating unforgettable guest experiences.

 

As someone who grew up loving science but not feeling it was the right path for her to pursue, volunteering with the Science Center is a perfect way for Mackenzie to stay involved with science and continue discovering. As she continues pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in public administration, we can’t wait to see how far Mackenzie’s passions and thirst to continue learning will lead her in life. 

Otronicon 2020 is currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers ages 13 and up! To learn more, or to register click here. 

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). Click here to purchase Otronicon tickets.

 

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.