Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions

Update: March 20, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

 

Dear Friends,

 

We are living through some very challenging days. Circumstances have escalated quickly while other things feel like they’re happening in slow motion. It’s very surreal to look outside and observe these gorgeous spring days while the world is going through such a tumultuous storm of events.

 

As you may know, Orlando Science Center has closed its doors to the public as a precaution in the interests of public health. We are doing what we can to support our community and I know you are doing what is needed to keep you and your loved ones safe.

 

It feels odd to see the Science Center empty right now. We are so used to families playing and learning, school buses lining the driveway, and inquisitive people of all ages enjoying those “aha” moments. This loud, busy wonderful place is very, very quiet. But it will be loud again soon.

 

For now, we are closed until it is safe to be open. When that moment comes, please know we will be here for you. We have been in this community since 1955 and we aren’t going anywhere. My team is spending this time preparing for when we can see each other again to make sure we provide you with the high quality, hands-on experiences you deserve and expect from us.

 

Even though the public can’t visit us physically, I encourage you to stay connected with us via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and our website. Every day, we are sharing posts to engage with you and your loved ones while you’re at home. We are producing content and recommending activities from peer museums and trusted sources for you to enjoy. And some posts are just fun facts or photos of our animal ambassadors to provide a happy break from current events.

 

Orlando Science Center is more than just a building in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park. It is a community of passionate individuals dedicated to inspiring science learning for life. And that includes all of us, from our amazing OSC team to our members, donors, trustees, partners and volunteers, to each of you, your loved ones and our entire community of students, teachers, families and individuals. Together, we explore and share how science can unlock our potential, solve some of our most complex problems and create endless possibilities for knowledge, success and hope. Thank you so much for your continued trust and support.

 

Be strong. Be safe. We will see you soon.

 

Sincerely,

 

JoAnn Newman

President & CEO


Update: March 13, 9:00 p.m.

Orlando Science Center will be closed March 16-29, Re-opening on March 30

Orlando Science Center has been closely monitoring the status of coronavirus (COVID-19) through news reports and updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE).

 

In the interest of public health, we have decided to be closed to the public, beginning Monday, March 16. Orlando Science Center will re-open on Monday, March 30.

 

Spring Break camps and STEM preschool are suspended, effective immediately. If your child is registered for Spring Break Camp beginning on Monday, March 16, please expect a phone call over the next two days from a member of our Education team. If you have questions about classes or camps please contact our Education team at classes@osc.org or 407.514.2112 on Monday, March 16. We will do everything we can to assist you.

 

This decision was made in the best interest of our members, visitors, students, staff and volunteers. Please be patient with us in the wake of this unprecedented event. For updates, continue to check our website and social media channels. We will do our best to respond to all inquiries and provide you with the most up to date information.

 

Thank you for your dedicated support. Members, donors, patrons, students and volunteers are essential to the life of our organization. If you can, please consider making a donation to support our ongoing efforts by visiting www.osc.org/support.

 

Stay safe and we will see you soon.

 

Sincerely,

JoAnn Newman

President & CEO

 


 

March 13, 12:30 p.m.

 

Orlando Science Center is currently open for business, but we are closely monitoring the status of coronavirus (COVID-19) through news reports and updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Please check back here for updates as this situation is constantly changing. 

 

Please know that the safety and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our highest priority. At this point, the CDC classifies Florida as not experiencing widespread transmission. Orlando Science Center will continue to follow the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local government, and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).

 

Although there is not widespread transmission in Orlando, we are taking proactive measures to continue the priority focus we always place on the cleanliness of our facility.  Janitorial Services have increased the frequency of sanitizing and cleaning throughout the facility including exhibits and classrooms. Our team is working extra hard to keep frequently touched surfaces clean.

 

We are encouraging all staff and volunteers to stay home if they are sick with any contagious illness and urging them to take all precautionary measures as the situation progresses.  We also ask that potential visitors please stay home if they show signs of sickness. 

 

Please use the following precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. (Throw tissue away and wash hands!). If there is no tissue or handkerchief available, cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – germs easily spread!
  • For additional information about prevention, select this link from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html 

 

Thank you for your continued support and know that our Science Center team is working to ensure that everyone in our care has a carefree and educational time with us.

 

We do encourage people with questions about COVID-19 to visit the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization for more information.

You’re going to LOVE these date night ideas!

Valentine's Day means it's date night season! If you're looking for a unique date night experience no one will WINE about, we have some ideas for you. Visit Italy without leaving Orlando with Pompeii: The Immortal City, or go on a tour of wine country at the 10th annual Science of Wine!
 
So this year, give the gift of an experience you can treasure together forever! Tickets are available now and arrive in your inbox in minutes.

Unveil: Wedding Showcase 

February 26 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join us as we unveil the Science Center for a night of free food, adult beverages, and wedding inspiration on February 26!

Don’t just imagine your perfect day, preview your decor and meet the vendors who can make your wedding dreams a reality at Unveil.

Limited complimentary tickets are remaining. RSVP today so you don't miss out!

Unveil Orlando Science Center with two t-rexs and a heart

Science Night Live

March 7 from 8:00 - 11:30 p.m.

Spark your curiosity through hands-on programs and fun exhibit including our brand-new escape room-esque exhibit, Top Secret: License to Spy!

 

Do you have an appetite for knowledge? Feed your mind! From coffee to kombucha, learn the science behind some of your favorite beverages. What do we know about the food of Pompeii and Imperial Rome? Joseph Hayes will be serving up some history with a Pompeii's Table preview!

The last Science Night Live sold out and tickets are available for just $16.

Science Night Live a 21+ event March 7 adults enjoying interactive exhibits

Pompeii's Table 

Events run from March 7 to July 23, 2020.

Enjoy sublime and ancient food that has survived Vesuvius' fury with a series of eight food and artistic events, featuring 15 of Orlando’s most inventive chefs and creative artists.

 

Explore the history and unique food of the 1st century Pompeian kitchen. Chefs were given a list of ingredients used in Pompeii (and told what wasn't available, like tomatoes and peppers) and based their exciting menus limited to that.

 

Chock full of the food, the wine, the spirit, and ancient ingredients, events have already started selling out!

Pompeii's Table on a mosaic background

10th Annual Science of Wine

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Enjoy a night of wining, dining, and learning featuring unlimited samplings from nearly 30 food partners, 150 fine wines to taste, spectacular presentations, live entertainment, and engaging activities.

 

Sip, savor and support the mission of Orlando Science Center and join us in a cheers to 10 years of Science of Wine!

Science of Wine. A man pouring wine in front of a planet

Pompeii: The Immortal City

June 6 - September 7

You don't need to book a flight to visit Italy this summer! With more than 100 artifacts, and an immersive 360 projection experience, Pompeii: The Immortal City will plunge visitors into the history and culture of Pompeii.

 

Visit your favorite Italian restaurant, then head in during our extended hours on Friday and Saturday evenings to experience this dramatic exhibit as part of your date night!

 

Get your timed-entry tickets with your preferred date and time today.

Pompeii the Immortal City

Escape into the World of Spies

What is an escape room? 

Escape rooms are a form of entertainment that have become popular within the last decade. The concept is to lock a team of participants in a room, where they must solve themed puzzles to gather clues, keys, and other helpful objects in a sequence. The goal is to find the way out of the room before time runs out. 

 

Top Secret: License to Spy is the newest escape room-esque exhibit to sneak into Orlando Science Center! This exhibition is an excellent demonstration of how scientific thinking can be used to solve problems in many aspects of everyday life. To accomplish the tasks featured in Top Secret: License to Spy, guests must use clues, critical thinking, communication and collaboration to solve the case of the Quantum Computer crime and save the day! All of these skills are also necessary for success in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). 

 

 However, Orlando Science Center and Top: Secret License to Spy are not the only places in Central Florida where you can practice using these skills. Try an escape room! 

Escape rooms aren’t found everywhere, but they have become relatively abundant in Central Florida, a national hub for tourism and attractions. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list so you can select your first (or next) escape room adventure!

 More Central Florida Escape Rooms: 

Escape Goat

Winter Garden

Room Options: Camp Echo, The Quest, Area 51

 

Escapology

International Drive area

Room Options: Under Pressure, Mansion Murder, Narco, Antidote, Budapest Express, Th3 C0d3

 

The Great Escape Room

Downtown Orlando

Room Options: Sherlock Holmes’ Library, Professor Moriarty’s Gameroom, Dr. Watson’s Infirmary

 

Lockbusters Escape Game

International Drive area

Room Options: The Collector, Bank Heist, Pirate Adventure, Chopper Down, Cremlocke Manor

 

MindQuest Escape Games

Universal Orlando Resort

Room Options: The Bomb, Diamond Heist, Mad Scientist, Cyber Crash, The Haunting

2020 – A Vision for the Future of Central Florida’s STEM Workforce

Just imagine – by 2050, your child could wake up to be driven in their autonomous vehicle to work on the Space Coast where humans will be taking off to colonize Mars. Orlando is home to the fastest growing STEM job market in the United States. As our global economy moves closer towards technology and automation, Orlando Science Center works to inspire and prepare the next generation for jobs in industries that may not even exist yet.

 

Our schools are preparing students academically and so is Orlando Science Center – with exhibits and activities that make learning fun and engaging. But preparing financially for postsecondary education is just as important.

 

As the newest Corporate Partner of Orlando Science Center, Florida Prepaid is helping to build the future STEM talent pipeline by helping families start saving early for college tuition costs. And now they’re supporting Orlando Science Center’s vision to create prosperity in your community through their generosity.

 

Technology has the power to create entirely new industries while automating positions that are routine and predictable. Many fear this rapid change in our economy and what that means for the future workforce, but Orlando is poised to grow exponentially during this new industrial revolution. In a new report from the Orlando Economic Partnership, it is anticipated there will be a huge demand not only for more jobs, but jobs that pay more. By 2030, Orlando is projected to create between 254,000 and 482,000 new jobs.

 

Of course, a career in autonomous vehicles, working on the next mission to Mars, or saving ocean wildlife from plastic contamination will require a new set of skills. K-12 and postsecondary education is a key component for the next generation of STEM workers who will fill these positions and change our world.

 

But with costs growing, a college education can seem out of reach for the average family. Orlando Science Center’s partner, Florida Prepaid, is a trusted resource that assists Florida families with saving for their child’s future. Florida Prepaid allows you to secure rates for tomorrow’s tuition and save, stress-free.

 

No one knows what the future holds, but we strive to create a bright future for the next generation and beyond. We thank Florida Prepaid for their generous support of our STEM learning experiences and look forward to the incredible achievements that participating students will accomplish in the future!

From Sci-Fi to Sci-Fact: Teaching with What is on Trend

From the moons of Jupiter to the fictional moons of Endor, Orlando Science Center doesn’t just keep up with science, we keep up with science fiction! Our primary mission is to inspire science learning for life, but who says learning can’t be fun? Our educators are masters at merging pop culture and trending topics with our curriculum to create iconic experiences that educate and entertain.

 

From Star Wars to superheroes, from Harry Potter to Minecraft and more, our educators and science interpreters develop hands-on activities that connect your interests to science learning. For example, we have a MARVEL-ous way of teaching Newton’s Laws of Physics, elasticity, and the power of electromagnets in our live Super Science Show. Find out if you’re worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer or rival the powers of the X-Men using science!

 

Our vision is to be the spark that ignites innovation. Whether guests want to learn about physics for a spell, brew up some chemistry, or discover even Stranger Things, our themed break camps, workshops, and experiments can spark an interest in anyone! Our live science shows explore topics ranging from electricity to states of matter to thrill and educate audiences.The same dramatic flair is on display within our traveling exhibit hall as science interpreters present original interactive content inspired by the current exhibit. From ninja moves to neuron training, each new exhibit is a chance to experience something new.

 

How about a trend that finally gives you a reason to put your phone down? The Hive: A Makerspace has taken hands-on learning full S.T.E.A.M ahead. Capitalizing on the maker movement, which empowers participants to move from consumers to creators,The Hive provides the latest tools to help you turn your ideas into a reality. From 3D printing to wearable tech,The Hive challenges guests to reach outside their comfort zone and create something truly unique.

 

Engaging audiences creates a pathway to learning both inside the Science Center and out in the community. Our education team has a library of unique hands-on STEM activities that make science come alive for students during either an in-class workshop or a Family Science Night after hours at their school. Our education team leverages the latest trends, whether it’s virtual reality, robots or flying drones, while connecting to educational state standards, and inspiring students to take the next step toward achieving their true potential.

 

Our newly developed drone program is currently taking flight at schools throughout Central Florida. This opportunity gives students the chance to learn different ways drones are used to solve real- world problems while actively getting their hands on emerging technology. If you’d like to learn more about what our educators could bring to your child’s school, please contact our team at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.

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.