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. 

Play to Win with Powder Keg Gaming Competitions at Otronicon

Play, compete, and spectate in an awesome video game tournament! Battle with the best and even win cash prizes!

 

Orlando Science Center and Powder Keg Games will host a series of gaming competitions at Otronicon. All four days, eligible guests can enter for a chance to win cash prizes and be proclaimed champion as they compete in a number of video games. 

 

Competitions have limited seating available and are $5 per participant. Please note that you MUST have a ticket to Otronicon to participate.

 

Purchase your competition reservation online here today to ensure your spot as they can sell out in advance!

 

Orlando Science Center members receive free admission to Otronicon and will receive a separate email with a special link to reserve their competitions. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam folder and then contact oscmembership@osc.org

 

Space is limited, please check on availability in the Clubhouse no later than 15 minutes before competition start time.

 

Please note that controllers are provided by the Orlando Science Center, no outside controllers allowed.

 

Schedule

Friday, January 18, 2019

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. (1 v 1, 32 cap WiiU)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dragonball FighterZ (1 v 1, 32 cap, PS4)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap Nintendo Switch)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. (1 v 1, 32 cap WiiU)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (FFA, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap Nintendo Switch)

Sunday, January 20, 2019

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

Monday, January 21, 2019

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

Become A Member For Free Otronicon Admission!

Orlando Science Center members receive FREE entry to Otronicon! If you plan on attending the Powder Keg Gaming Competitions all four days of Otronicon, it might pay to become a member. You'll receive complimentary parking as well if space is still available in the Orlando Science Center garage!

 

Buy a membership online today here.

 

For discounted College Level memberships, you must purchase them in person and present your active student ID. If you'd like to reserve your competition space online in advance, please visit the Science Center prior to Otronicon during normal business hours and a Guest Services Representative will be able to assist you. 

 

Waiver

A completed waiver is required to enter any gaming competition. Please download the waiver by clicking here.

 

Rules

  1. Admission to the Orlando Science Center is required for all competitions.
  2. Registration is required for all competitions. This is done on-site at the Orlando Science Center.
  3. Players may enter multiple events.
  4. Gaming consent forms are required for all competitions if under the age of 17. Players may need to verify proof of age over 17. Under 18 players will need a parent present or a signed Gaming Consent Form at the event; this includes Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  5. You must be registered for your competition no later than 15 minutes before competition start time, but be aware that competitions many times reach their max capacity before this deadline.
  6. Each competition is $5.00 to compete per person, per game.
  7. Players must use only the controllers provided by Orlando Science Center. No outside controllers are allowed, and may be confiscated.
  8. Competition is greatly encouraged, but excessive taunting or threatening will not be tolerated
  9. Games started only with official PKG staff (Ref's) permission.
  10. Players will not tamper, unplug, or touch any of PKG's equipment without permission.
  11. No pausing of any game. No intentional glitching. No disrespecting fellow players/staff members.
  12. Intentional cheating will result in expulsion from the tournament.
  13. All decisions made by Orlando Science Center or Powder Keg Games are Final, and not subject to appeal.
  14. Suspected cheating or foul play must be immediately reported to PKG staff (Ref).
  15. Accumulating 3 warnings will result in expulsion from tournament, and possibly the premises.
  16. Prizes and competition details subject to change without notice.

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. 

From Drones To Catapults: Learn from Professionals At Otronicon Workshops

Otronicon is more than a time to experience what others have created—it’s a place where everyone can create something of their own. Through a variety of workshops, learn from professionals in a wide array of industries on how to create anything from works of art to home security systems. This is an invaluable opportunity to develop unique skills and learn more about the technology that is shaping the world around us.

 

Each day will offer a plethora of workshops to appeal to an assortment of interests. Budding artists can create objects with a 3D pen. Gamers will be delighted by making a simple local multiplayer game with other attendees. Drone aficionados can challenge themselves to fly an unmanned aerial system through an obstacle course. There’s something for everyone to learn and enjoy!

 

Please note: 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. 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.

 

Below is just a small "byte" of what you can look forward to experiencing during Otronicon, January 18 – 21, 2019! Click here for more workshop dates and times.

 

Workshops

  1. Maps, Apps, and Drones with UCF – Come learn about maps, apps and use these cool science technology tools on site. Engage in an interactive assembly and participate in hands-on learning activities that may include: mapping apps, creating crowd-sourced data, flying mini-drones, augmented reality sandbox, VR goggle drone flights around the world, and more.
  1. Catapult Challenge – This workshop is a hands-on design challenge where participants will brainstorm, design, build, test, and evaluate catapults of their own making. Along the way, participants can also expect to learn the history of and explore the science behind catapults. The designs will be tested on their accuracy, power, and ability to take down a tower.
  2. Code a Home Security Camera with Raspberry Pi – Feeling safe is a basic human need. Coding and creating a home security camera and app can be the first line of defense. Create a security system in this workshop with TechPays™.
  1. The Sky is Not the Limit, Rise of Unmanned Aerial Systems – Learn about the fast paced technology of UAS and how to become involved as a commercial UAS operator. Through a hands-on indoor flight session, students will learn to manually fly a UAS and program it to autonomously navigate an obstacle course.

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. 

Performances Bring Tech to Life at Otronicon

Otronicon Live Shows Will Make Your Hair Stand Straight Up!

Prepare to be mesmerized by dazzling live shows and events occurring throughout the entire weekend 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.

 

Viscerality, presented by artist Synthestruct, is an exploration of cutting-edge methods for creating visual spaces and soundscapes for real-time interactive performance. Using the sensor-enabled Mi.Mu Gloves, the artist can completely step away from the computer and conduct an extraordinary display of audio and visuals just through the movement of her hands. This personalized performance guarantees a unique and thrilling experience at every single show.

 

At the Tesla Coil Show*, discover how a Tesla coil can be transformed into a musical instrument. Invented by Nicola Tesla in 1891, the Tesla coil revolutionized the status quo of electricity generation put forth by Thomas Edison. This live show 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 electrifying experience!

 

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

 

Gain invaluable insight from Otronicon Keynote Speaker,  Kate Edwards, in her presentation, “Don't Just Play Games – Create Them!” on Saturday, January 19.  Get behind the scenes of making games and learn how you can become part of the future of game creation from one of the most influential leaders in the gaming industry. 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.

 

Schedule of Events

Catch Viscerality four times a day, each day of Otronicon! RSVP to our Facebook event here for updates. 

 

The Tesla Coil Show will be presented throughout Otronicon, except Saturday, January 19. Attendees of adults-only Science Night Live will be able to experience the show that evening but will need a separate ticket for that event.

 

Kate Edwards will present at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19.

 

For a more detailed event schedule, please click here.

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 O-Tech Startup Showcase Promises to Inspire The Innovators of Tomorrow

Otronicon Hosts Seven Orlando Startups

On the surface, Orlando may be known for its world-class theme parks, but to locals, especially at Orlando Science Center, the City Beautiful is so much more. From the University of Central Florida offering top-notch programs to more than 60,000 students to our reputation as the Modeling, Simulation and Training capital of the world — Orlando is growing into a major hub for science, technology, engineering, art, and math careers.

For this and many other reasons, Orlando Science Center hosts Otronicon, an interactive tech expo to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Otronicon supports our community through unprecedented access to cutting-edge technology while also promoting the innovation happening right in our own backyard. This year, Otronicon is introducing 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.

According to the Orlando Economic Partnership, Orlando is a top location for entrepreneurs. They state that Orlando “is home to unique resources such as the National Entrepreneur Center (one of only two such centers in the nation), the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program (ranked as one of the top incubators in the nation) and Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship, that help keep this community among top locations for innovative companies and entrepreneurs."

Here’s what you can expect from these seven Orlando based startups during Otronicon, January 18 – 21, 2019! Please note that some of these exhibitors may only be present on select days.

O-Tech Startups

  1. Archer First Response Systems – Learn how Archer First Response Systems is enabling the immediate deployment of drones to save victim's lives from sudden cardiac death, opioid overdose, fatal anaphylactic reactions, and other time-sensitive, life-threatening emergencies.
  2. Beyond 360 Media – At Beyond 360’s GO BEYOND exhibit, put on a headset and become immersed in a live interactive moment, and watch as life unfolds around you. Beyond 360 specializes in 360° video live streaming. 
  3. Fluix Engineering – This Orlando startup provides cooling solutions for users who operate high-computational workflows. All-in-one one liquid cooled form factors that are easy to set up and maintain. Get back to your rendering, mining, and hosting. Let Fluix handle the heat!
  4. Launchable LLC– Launchable is a mobile app development company that creates an Augmented Reality (AR) experience. Launchable began with a focus on edtech, using their technology to digitize a book’s story. 
  5. Leap With Alice, LLC – This startup is eliminating detrimental restrictions that have plagued educators and students. Leap With Alice leverages augmented reality, blockchain technology, and machine learning to create an educational ecosystem that incentivizes learning.
  6. Limbitless Solutions – Devoted to building a generation of innovators who use their skills and passion to improve the world around them. This nonprofit uses additive manufacturing to advance personalized bionics and solutions for disabilities. They believe that no family should have to pay for their child to receive an arm. 
  7. Readality LLC – Readality provides an educational experience through an interactive AR app for children who are not interested in traditional reading. By implementing AR, they turn physical books that users would find in the real world into a 3D immersive adventure.
  8. Theory Studios – Theory Studios is an Emmy-nominated storytelling company. They have worked with Sesame Street, Chuck E. Cheese's, HBO and plenty more creating animated CGI experiences. Visit their booth at Otronicon and experience imaginary characters coming to life using AR! 

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 Keynote Speaker: Kate Edwards of Geogrify

Kate Edwards Presents: Don’t Just Play Games – Create Them!

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 invite you to join us as we highlight brand-new performances like Synthestruct's Viscerality and gaming competitions like Otronicon Game Jam. Now, we'd like to introduce you to Otronicon's keynote speaker, Kate Edwards.

Abstract: 

Do you play video games? If so, you're enjoying the most popular form of entertainment today! Games are changing the way we experience stories and how we play together. But have you ever thought of creating your own game? Today, game creation tools are powerful and free, and more and more people are using games as a form of artistic expression.
 
This is your chance to get behind the scenes of making games and learn how you can become part of the future of game creation!

Presentation Info:

Title: Don't Just Play Games – Create Them! 
 
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
 
Times: 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. 
 
Location: Digital Adventure Theater, Level 2
 
Format: 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A
 
*Schedule is subject to change. Check the daily schedule or Otronicon mobile app upon arrival to confirm times.

About Our Keynote: 

Kate Edwards is the CEO and principal consultant of Geogrify, a consultancy for content culturalization, and was the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) from 2012 to 2017.
 
In addition to being an outspoken advocate for changing the game industry, she was Microsoft’s first Geopolitical Strategist and worked on many game franchises such as Halo, Age of Empires, Tomb Raider, and Mass Effect. Following 13 years at Microsoft, she has consulted on many game projects for BioWare, Ubisoft, LEGO, Facebook, and many other companies. 
 
Fortune Magazine named her as one of the "10 most powerful women in gaming" and GamesIndustry.biz named Kate as one of their six "People of the Year." She is also profiled in the December 2018 publication Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play.
 

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. 

University of Central Florida Student Films on Display at Otronicon

Check Out Incredible Animated Short Films Created By University of Central Florida Students At Otronicon

Orlando's biggest interactive tech expo is back, and better than ever. Otronicon returns January 18-21 and promises to showcase the latest and greatest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math – all developed, and used in our own backyard! 

 

As a Science Center, we know that pursuing STEAM careers can be intimidating. Otronicon aims to erase that fear in our young minds of tomorrow by introducing attendees to all avenues of STEAM from mechanical engineers to animation artists. 

 

Just take the work of students from University of Central Florida's Emerging Media BFA Character Animation Track for example! Part of UCF's School of Visual Arts and Design, The Character Animation Track is a limited access program where students work as a team-based cohort over a 2-year period, mimicking the animation industry studio environment. Graduates of the program have gone on to land internships and jobs at Disney Feature Animation, PIXAR, Dreamworks Animation, Lucasfilm, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, and many others.

 

Visitors can catch these short films on rotation at the Discovery Stage in Our Planet on Level 4. Keep reading for a preview of these spectacular films, and don't miss Otronicon, at Orlando Science Center January 18-21! 

 

Yours, Mime, and Ours: A heartwarming tale of a clown father trying to understand his mime daughter. Hilarity ensues.

 

Farmer Glorp: An animated short presenting the daily life of Glorp, an alien farmer caring for sunflowers on the sun. On a day like any other, the field is invaded by Flip, an excitable creature seeking food. Farmer Glorp must stop her accidental chaos before his crops are destroyed by her playful nature.

 

Ukelayla: Layla, a young girl with a speech disability, has high hopes for her first day of school, but her differences make it difficult to connect to others. Where speech fails, music speaks. Follow Layla and Kiki into a world of music, magic, and friendship in Ukelayla!

 

Box Forts: Two neighborhood kids like to make cardboard box towers in their backyards. One day, things get out of hand when their friendly competition escalates - literally.

 

Night Light: A wide-eyed, newborn sea turtle named Fin finds himself on the illuminated beaches of Miami. It is a perilous time to be a hatchling, with hazards of artificial light and debris present at every turn. With the help of Abueluna, his caring, celestial guide, Fin will make the daring trek from his cluttered nest to the open seas.

 

Cuddlefish: The story of Viktor, a daring Viking on the adventure of a lifetime. His travels come to a grinding halt when he meets the adorable love-sick kraken, Kaimana, who falls in love with the anchor on Viktor's mighty ship. The two face off in an epic conflict of wit which teaches both of them that love is blind as far as the eye can "sea."

 

Flower Story: Set in the midst of ancient Celtic ruins, two stone creatures find out first-hand the meaning behind the circle of life, and the joy and sorrow that accompany it.

 

Dreamweaver: The Chippewa tribe believes that Asibikaashi, the spider woman, protects children from bad dreams at night by weaving dream catchers to hang above their heads while they sleep. In Dreamweaver, she teaches Namid, an eight-year-old Chippewa girl who suffers from nightmares, to overcome her fears.

 

See these films along with STEAM exhibitors, live audiovisual performances,
and more at Otronicon! 

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 Game Jam: From Mars to Manatees

GAME JAM CONTEST:

Do you love game design or virtual reality? Have you ever wanted to help someone learn something using immersive technologies? Orlando Science Center is looking for Central Florida’s most creative game designers and developers to come together and show how art and technology meld together to create innovative interactive learning experiences.

 

Orlando Science Center is hosting its 6th Otronicon Game Jam, an event that challenges game designers to create a science center exhibit using the Oculus Go all-in-one-VR headset that helps its audience learn one concept. Participants can pick a science related topic “from Mars to Manatees.”

 

After just over 30 hours of creative design and implementation, Game Jam judges will pick a team whose work best showcases this objective. Each member of the winning team will receive their own Oculus Go headset.

 

Applicants must apply individually. Teams will be formed on-site.

CONTEST ELIGIBILITY:

  • Game design students, hobbyists, and professionals are encouraged to apply.
  • Experiences will be judged on various criteria including design idea, production level, and overall immersion.
  • Orlando Science Center employees are not eligible to enter.
  • All decisions of the Game Jam contest judges are final.

REGISTER TO BE A MEMBER OF THE OTRONICON GAME JAM

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted with a return email from jam organizers within 72 hours.

You can register for the jam through 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

For inquiries, please contact E2i@ist.ucf.edu.

GAME JAM RULES FOR ATTENDEES & EXHIBITORS:

  • All participants must have an Orlando Science Center admission wristband visible at all times.
  • Your likeness in photos and/or video may be used for Orlando Science Center marketing and other purposes.
  • If your game design is deemed offensive by Orlando Science Center staff or its patrons, you may be disqualified from the competition. Orlando Science Center is a family-friendly building, so use your best judgment.
  • This is a family-friendly event and small children will be present. To that end, there must be no nudity or excessive violence. Also, foul language in-game or during the jam will not be tolerated.
  • All development will occur on premise of the Orlando Science Center during the jam.
  • Electrical power connections and internet will be provided.