Smash (Bros) Stereotypes at Otronicon

It’s time to smash the stereotype that video games are a trivial and lazy pastime. Anyone who games knows that being an expert gamer takes endless time, dedication, and skill. They also know that just as much goes into the creation of these wildly complex and immersive games. But how does a great game concept get transformed into the games that enthrall millions of gamers worldwide? The answer, is science. 

 

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 that will not only show off their creations, but take you through their creation process, from concept to final product. Then, take your knowledge to the next level by joining our interactive gaming workshops! Gather your team, plan your concept and go through the thrilling and challenging design process. 

 

Don’t forget to show off your skills at Otronicon’s gaming competitions. Go head-to-head with other gamers, use some of the latest gaming systems and compete for cash prizes. This is your chance to prove that there’s more than an art to gaming, there’s a science.

 

Here are just a few of the gaming exhibitors and workshops you have to look forward to:

  • Powder Keg Games: hosts video game tournaments on consoles Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. Titles include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Street Fighter, Pokken Tournament DX, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more! Click here to learn more. 
  • Volusia County Schools who will show their work in game development and simulation.
  • Indie Game developers: Theory Studios, SlifkerGames, Suckerbird Games, PSI Games and more will be in attendance with interactive games to test and play. 
  • Microsoft: Interact with the world’s most powerful Xbox console. 
  • Magic Bytes is an international education and entertainment game publisher. Learn how they are creating modern video games that emphasize education values. 

 

Click here to view more exhibitors and workshops. 

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit the Otronicon website. 

From Otronicon Attendee to Event Producer: An OSC Intern’s Story

Jesslyn Parrish walked into Otronicon 2019 to see some of her professors’ STEM research projects in action. She walked out as a future Orlando Science Center intern, a potential gamer and reconsidering her plans to leave Orlando to pursue a tech career.

 

As a first-time Otronicon attendee, Jesslyn had no expectations for the four-day STEM expo. However, upon attending the event, she was blown away by the sheer number of experiences, workshops, speakers and exhibitors that filled the Science Center. Instead of simply checking out some research, she was faced with rooms and rooms of the most cutting-edge technology in gaming, entertainment, science and medicine.  

 

“It really showed me how many opportunities there are to get involved in the tech world right here in Central Florida,” Says Jesslyn. “I had originally thought I would have to consider moving to California after graduating in a few years.” At its core, this is what Otronicon is all about. Showing Orlando residents that there are countless ways to become involved in the future of STEM that’s being built right in our own backyard. Otronicon provides guests of all ages the resources they need to start a STEM career.

 

Only at Otronicon can Orlando residents speak directly with leaders in their field, get invaluable advice from expert-led speakers and learn new STEM skills in engaging workshops. From the major companies at the forefront of innovation, to the start-ups that will shape the future, Orlando hosts some of the top organizations to start a STEM career with. This was particularly exciting for Jesslyn, who is exceptionally familiar with the importance of networking as a graduate student. At Otronicon, she was able to interact directly with leaders of tech organizations that she could one day be working for. 

 

If Jesslyn could describe Otronicon in one word, it would be “inspiring.” Not only did it inspire her to change the way she views Orlando’s tech industry, it also inspired her to become an Orlando Science Center events intern. Now, Jesslyn is responsible for coordinating and implementing events just like Otronicon at the Science Center. While this step in Jesslyn’s professional development is impressive and inspiring enough, there’s still one unexpected part of her Otronicon experience that can’t go unmentioned. Jesslyn, a self-proclaimed uncertain gamer, was tempted into picking up the controller and testing out the newest video game technology at Otronicon. Now that’s inspiring!

Orlando Science Center is looking for enthusiastic volunteers (ages 13 and up!) to help at this year's Otronicon. Fill out the form below to register.

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit the Otronicon website. 

Don’t Just Experience Otronicon — Volunteer At It!  

Volunteer to Inspire Your Community

Put yourself on the frontlines of the groundbreaking innovations, workshops, gaming competitions and speakers that make Otronicon the most ambitious event to bring never-before-seen technology and science together for your exploration.

 

Otronicon volunteers have the exclusive chance to work directly with our community’s greatest minds and leaders in STEM. Get first-hand experience with their groundbreaking technology and be a part of inspiring STEM learning and innovation in thousands of people in your community. 

 

Volunteers even get free admission to Otronicon on the day they volunteer!

 

Positions are filling up fast—don’t wait! 

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit the Otronicon website. 

Play to Win with Powder Keg Gaming Competitions at Otronicon

Play, compete, and spectate in an awesome video game party!

Powder Keg Games hosts video game tournaments on consoles Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. Titles include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Street Fighter, Pokken Tournament DX, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more!

 

Tickets will be on sale soon, please check back regularly. Competitions have limited seating available and are $5 per participant. Please note that you MUST have a ticket to Otronicon to participate.

 

Schedule

Friday, January 17, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Ultra Street Fighter II The Final Challengers (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Sunday, January 19, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Pokken Tournament DX (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Monday, January 20, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dragon Ball FighterZ (1 v 1, 32 cap, PlayStation 4)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit the Otronicon website. 

Moon Fest – 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Get ready for lift off! July is Astronomy Month at Orlando Science Center, and this one is extra special.

50 years ago, the Apollo 11 lunar module landed two people on the Moon, forever marking the day in history as one of the humankind’s most significant achievements. In every sense of the phrase, the moon landing was “one giant leap for mankind,” as the human race discovered the impossible can be achieved if we just work together. Exploring the Final Frontier has and continues to be one of the greatest collaborations in history, uniting people around the world.

 

During this month we hope to bring the Central Florida community together to commemorate 50 years, and inspire the next set of engineers, astronauts, mathematicians, coders, and inventors who will land on, explore and possibly live on Mars.

Join us all July for special films, programming, help us break a world record and of course join us for our biggest event of the summer: Moon Fest! 

Moon Fest Experiences:

  • Special Live Shows like Peeps in SPACE, and To Infinity and Kaboom: the chemistry of rocket science!
  • We're turning Dr. Dare's Lab into a celestial laboratory with black lit space-themed experiments!
  • Discover what it takes to be an astronaut in our Astronaut Training Facility.
  • Catch First Man and WALL-E in the Digital Adventure Theater and Journey to Space, and Apollo 11: First Steps Edition in the Dr. Phillips CineDome.
  • Participate in a Martian Egg Drop Challenge in DinoDigs!
  • Create your own screen printed Moon Fest t-shirt in The Hive: A Makerspace.
  • Laser Light Shows to the tunes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd: Dark Side of The Moon and more!
  • Saturday only: Stay until 11:00 p.m. for Science After Sundown, with limited Moon Fest programming like telescope viewings on the Terrace, late night films and more!

More Astronomy Month Experiences:

July 1 – Apollo 11: First Steps Edition premieres in the Dr. Phillips CineDome
Apollo 11 gives us an inside look at one of the greatest achievements in human history, with more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings and never before seen 65 mm footage. See the moon mission from the perspectives of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as the spectators on the ground.

 

July 5 – Science After Sundown begins
On Fridays and Saturdays from July 5 through August 10, the Science Center will host “Science After Sundown” with telescope viewings on the Terrace, special workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace presented by The Isaacs Family, Hollywood films in the Digital Adventure Theater and all exhibits open until 11:00 p.m.

 

July 16 – World Record Rocket Launch Day
Be a part of a world record for most rockets launched in a single day! Join the celebration around the world and launch stomp rockets at Orlando Science Center on July 16, 2019! Join us in celebrating the launch of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket with paper rockets launched by air pressure in Loch Haven Park.

Click here to learn more about this event.

Great Outdoors Weekend

Join us for a weekend of discovery!

Unleash your wild side and celebrate Great Outdoors Weekend with Orlando Science Center! Kick off your Spring Break on March 16 and 17 and discover all the fun you can have just by stepping outside. Meet some of Florida’s most astounding wildlife, and take part in awesome workshops. Learn about the amazing creatures in our own backyards during the movie, Backyard Wildnerness 3D, and discover one of the last wild places on Earth in our new giant-screen film, Great Bear Rainforest!

 

PLUS: back by popular demand – everyone’s favorite live show, Animal Inspired! Our Animal Ambassadors are the stars of this show, which will teach you about technology inspired by animal adaptations.

 

Here are just a few of the thrilling activities you can branch out with during Great Outdoors Weekend.

 

  • Ladybug release – Help release ladybugs into nature! Wave goodbye to these round little insects as they fly off to help control pests in our community.
  • Animal Inspired Live Show – Discover how the amazing abilities of our animal friends in NatureWorks have inspired the technology we use today.
  • Perfect Plant Workshop – Choose your own plant in Dr. Dare’s Lab and learn to create the perfect soil mixture for it to thrive in. Take it all home and watch your plant grow!
  • Build Your Own Bee House – Make a home for solitary bees in The Hive: A Makerspace using wood scraps and a hand drill.
  • Films – Journey to the Great Bear Rainforest in the Dr. Phillips CineDome to discover the extraordinary all-white spirit bears that were once thought to be a myth. Then, look closer to home with Backyard Wilderness 3D in the Digital Adventure Theater to discover the wonders of nature in our own backyards. View showtimes

Meet Two Engineers Bringing Human Spaceflight Back to The United States

Melanie Weber and Louis Atchison To Speak At Science Night Live on March 2

The final frontier, the great unknown, or as we like to call it – SPACE. From Galileo looking to the cosmos almost 400 years ago to the first steps on the moon, and everything in between – the world’s fascination with space exploration is one trait we all have in common. For three decades, NASA sent American astronauts into orbit, each with different missions, triumphs, and even tragedies. During this time, the United States learned vital information about the vast darkness above us.

 

Since NASA’s Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011, the United States has not been able to send astronauts to space from American soil. However, one company has been working tirelessly toward bringing human spaceflight back to the U.S. Enter Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner. This 21st-century space capsule will restore America’s independence in human spaceflight by sending three astronauts – two from NASA and one from Boeing – into space later this year.

 

Two engineers from the remarkable team tasked with creating this vessel will be at Science Night Live on March 2 to speak to guests and answer questions. Melanie Weber and Louis Atchison, the lead for the Launch Pad Team and chief of Launch and Recovery Operations, respectively, will give two presentations together – don't miss this opportunity to connect with them before they make history!

 

Melanie’s roles include the design of hardware that supports crew and cargo, and for developing ground operations and launch procedures at the Space Launch Complex-41 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A fashion aficionado, she explores her artistic talents while creating different elements of the Starliner’s interior. She even had a hand in creating the landing airbag for the spacecraft that is actually modeled after vehicle airbags. Melanie will be one of the last people the three astronauts see before they launch.

 

Louis, on the other hand, will be one of the first people to welcome the Starliner’s crew safely back to Earth. In fact, it will be the first time in history that a capsule-shaped spacecraft lands on American soil instead of in the ocean. Louis also directs both the real-time integrated launch countdown and landing site operations for the spacecraft. An aspiring astronaut, Louis has been working for nearly 15 years on a variety of leadership roles including the complete lifecycle of complex space systems. From the design to the launch and recovery – this commercial pilot and certified SCUBA diver has seen it all!

 

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your $16 tickets to Science Night Live on March 2 and make sure you set an alarm for this unmissable opportunity to hear from Melanie and Louis – and ask them any questions you have about their exciting mission.

More Science Night Live Experiences

  • Starliner Space Launch Simulation – Stop by the Boeing table and get your hands on a pair of 360 VR goggles to experience an out-of-this-world virtual trip of a lifetime.
  • Food and adult beverages available for purchase.
  • Explore Above and Beyond presented by Boeing – Take an elevator to space, design your own jet and race against your friends and more!
  • Workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace and experiments in Dr. Dare's Lab.

Orlando Science Center Students Become Pilots with Lockheed Martin Technology

Lockheed Martin Donates High-Tech Simulation Software Fostering STEM Education in Orlando

Lockheed Martin donated Prepar3D licenses valued at more than $32,000 to the Orlando Science Center kicking off the annual Otronicon expo furthering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the Central Florida community.

 

Prepar3D is Lockheed Martin’s visual simulation platform allowing users to create training scenarios across aviation, maritime and ground domains. Prepar3D engages users in immersive training through realistic environments ideal for commercial, academic, professional, and military instruction. The software is used to train pilots on platforms from general civilian prop planes to fifth-generation fighter jets. 

 

“As we engage and inspire the next generation of STEM professionals, we are looking for innovative ways to teach mathematics and engineering,” said JoAnn Newman, President, and CEO of Orlando Science Center. “Our partnership with Lockheed Martin allows us to present real-world applications of these concepts via a compelling immersive experience that creates an ideal environment for STEM learning.”

 

Strong partnerships with educational institutions like the Orlando Science Center ensure the next generation will advance these technologies well into the future and fuel thousands of jobs in Orlando for years to come.

 

“Investing in our future STEM pipeline is critical to sustaining our business,” said Lockheed Martin Prepar3D Engineering Project Manager Adam Breed. “Donations like this one support our continued mission to make the city of Orlando a high-tech and innovative place to live and work.”

 

Visit Lockheed Martin at Otronicon January 18-21, 2019. Purchase tickets to Otronicon here. 

Serious Games Finalists To Showcase Their Winning Games At Otronicon

What are Serious Games?

Serious Games have a purpose that goes beyond entertainment.  They may be educational or learning games, games to inform research, games for health, and persuasive or marketing games. From training medics on different procedures to teaching someone how to vote - serious games are completely different from something like Super Smash Bros...

 

The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge (SGS&C) is the premier venue for recognition of excellence in the field of Serious Games development. Since 2006, SGS&C has helped foster creativity and innovation in serious games.  Contestants are invited to submit their games during the submission period (opening mid-September) to compete for a variety of awards.

 

After the submission period closes, the SGS&C planning committee reviews the entries and identifies the finalists who are then invited to showcase their games at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in December.  These finalist games are reviewed by an esteemed panel of evaluators to determine the winners of each category.  Middle and high school students from various school systems play and evaluate age-appropriate games to determine the winners of the Students’ Choice award.

 

According to the Serious Games Website, a qualifying SGS&C game must have: 

  • Have clearly defined, measurable learning objectives
  • Provide players with a clearly identified challenge/problem
  • Make use of gameplay dynamics and/or gaming technology 
  • Provide players with positive/negative feedback with respect to progress toward the game’s challenge and achievement of learning objectives.

 

Check Out The Eight Finalists from The Serious Games Showcase You Can See At Otronicon 2019!

  1.  Glidin2 by Soar Technology Inc. – Glidin2 teaches basic maneuvering techniques for operation of a paraglider. The hand controls on the system closely match those used on many Navy parachute configurations, allowing for the transfer of skill if necessary.
  2. Tablecraft By UCF Florida Interactive Academy/Not Suspicious – Tablecraft greatly increases player familiarity with the elements, acronyms, atomic masses, and groups on the Periodic Table of Elements. In addition, it helps players to conceptualize the objects in their day-to-day life as being made of elements, and of certain elements having properties that are relevant to how that object looks, feels, or behaves.
  3. Code of Aegis – by University of Houston and Tietronix Software – This STEM engagement game focuses on teaching computer science aptitude, critical thinking, and programming skills. By merging a graphic novel with an interactive game, students/players are scaffolded through the instruction and introduced to programming concepts and robotics programming knowledge.
  4. A Mirror’s Tale by University of Geneva – The principles of light travel, reflection, and refraction, are taught through gameplay. After this game, the learner should be able to measure angles (of incidence, reflection, and refraction) and to use the refraction law for simple calculations.
  5. Spark City by Gronstedt Group and Walmart –  "Spark City" challenges Walmart associates to manage various departments where they make inventory, staffing, and customer service decisions, packing months of business processes into hours of gameplay.
  6. Incident Commander 2 by Breakaway Games  Incident Commander 2 is intended to serve as a game-based exercise tool for crisis responders who are familiar with the Incident Command System but want to make the tactical command decisions (operations).
  7. Voters ED by Second Avenue Learning – With Voter’s Ed, students learn about the election process, explore historical results, follow candidates’ bids for the nomination, analyze polls, and make their own predictions for the coming election.
  8. Fireworks, The Entrepreneurship Game by E.I Games – Entrepreneurial skill are taught through this game. Players are exposed to and learn specific business concepts and practices unique to the development of an entrepreneurial endeavor. 

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $14.95 for youth (ages 3-11). Click here to purchase tickets.

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Taking place on Saturday, January 19 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., SNL is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase SNL tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit the Otronicon website. 

Otronicon Artists Meld Together Art and Technology

Otronicon to Host 15 Orlando 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. From gloves that allow the user to control audiovisual aspects with the flick of a finger to pens that let you draw a bicycle in 3D, technology is revolutionizing how everyday arts are created. And in turn, art drives the development of technology. Your favorite comic book, video game or superhero character, special movie effects and even the designs of local theme park attractions would not be possible without the artists behind them.

 

Sydney Katz, Experience Designer who organizes the installations in Fusion: A STEAM Gallery at Orlando Science Center, remarks at the importance of melding science and art together.

 

"At the Science Center we try to give our guests multiple entry points into science, whether it’s our exhibits, or films, or hands-on experiences. Fusion: A STEAM Gallery is intended to be another great entry point where people can be introduced to science through art. On the other hand, it shows the beauty and creativity in science, and that they can go hand in hand."

 

Orlando Science Center will feature 15 local innovative artists at Otronicon, an interactive tech expo 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.

 

Here’s just a few of the artists featured during Otronicon, January 18 – 21, 2019! Please note that some of these exhibitors may only be present on select days.

Artists:

  1. Art by JP - Art by JP offers high quality art prints that are painted digitally using the Adobe Photoshop CC software and a Wacom Cintiq 22HD touch professional drawing tablet. Learn about the art industry, techniques, and processes of working as a digital and graphic artist.
  2. The Art of Danny Haas - Danny Haas is an Orlando based artist that has done work for the Walt Disney Company, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros Records, Marvel and many galleries around the world.
  3. Art of Patrick A. Towers – Patrick Towers, a local illustrator and designer, has combined his love for drawing with cartoons, comics and movies. He will be presenting a live drawing demonstration, in addition to a wall of artwork.
  4. Art of Barrett Biggers - The art of Barrett Biggers, a digital artist from Orlando, focuses on a variety of styles and subjects including surreal, fantasy, conceptual, nature and pop culture.
  5. Gray’s Artwork - Gray is a comic artist and illustrator. He creates custom digital and traditional artwork of favorite comic-book characters, anime and cartoons.

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $14.95 for youth (ages 3-11). Click here to purchase tickets.

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Taking place on Saturday, January 19 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., SNL is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase SNL tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit the Otronicon website.