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. 

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. 

Discover The Newest Technology Revolutionizing Education at Otronicon

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. From inspiring the next NASA engineer to introducing an aspiring artist to all the possible careers in STEAM they can pursue. Otronicon aims to eradicate any potential intimidation that exists when learning about science, technology, engineering, art and math topics in and out of school.  

 

JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of Orlando Science Center remarks, “What happens outside of school is as important as what happens in school, especially when it comes to a student’s interest and success in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” Otronicon shows all attendees that there is always more to learn and create, inside and outside the classroom.

 

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

 

Education Exhibitors

  1. Full Sail Labs – Full Sail Labs, designed by Full Sail University, provides an engaging and open learning environment that allows kids and teens the opportunity to transform from content consumers into content creators. Through exploration, creativity, and collaboration, students can unleash their potential in a STEAM-based educational experience.
  1. Microsoft - Experience Microsoft's latest technology by getting immersed with Mixed Reality on Windows 10, meeting the Surface family that brings your ideas to life with powerful tools, and interacting with the world’s most powerful Xbox One consoles. Attendees can also build machines that emulate humans.
  1. USS Haven Star Trek Club - This exhibit includes demonstrations in density, magnetism, and virtual reality. It also includes technical engineering blueprints for starships to create interest in future aviation possibilities. It is the goal of the USS Haven Star Trek Club to inspire children to use their creativity in STEM fields to better the world.
  1. Tech Sassy Girlz - Tech Sassy Girlz will be highlighting computer science projects created by the girls in its program. Attendees will participate in coding activities and have the ability to take part in several hands-on, STEM-related games. Tech Sassy Girlz empowers students to learn computer science.
  1. First Robotics - Local FIRST teams will show off their robots and share what they have learned. The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs.
  2. PHENIX Design Group, Inc. - At the PHENIX Design Group, Inc. exhibit, attendees can experience the Edustation Flight Simulator. This flight simulator is used extensively in schools to promote STEM instruction.

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 brings a Virtual Arboretum and More to Otronicon!

Check out how students and faculty at the University of Central Florida are revolutionizing the technology industry right here in our backyard. Innovators from UCF will be at Otronicon from January 18–21, 2019 to showcase their exciting work.

 

Here's a sneak preview of what you can expect to see from UCF during Otronicon!

 

Interactive Learning for Intergenerational Audiences - Presented by the UCF Institute for Simulation & Training, the E2i Creative Studio brings interactive learning experiences to Otronicon guests to explore how engagement can be stimulated by intuitive technology guided by excellent design. The UCF robotics club will also be providing demonstrations at scheduled times over the weekend where they will bring examples of human-computer interaction (HCI) to hold creative discussions with guests.

 

The Virtual UCF Arboretum Project - Explore a wild and beautiful virtual representation of Central Florida beauty in the Virtual UCF Arboretum. This unique and interactive multimodal visualization of terrain and plant populations offers the opportunity to enjoy and learn more about nature. See a pair of Bald Eagles crying, swooping, and soaring. Find native butterflies, dragonflies, and damsels. See wildflowers in bloom. Click on any of the botanically correct plants to open a world of knowledge!

 

ELLE the EndLess LEarner: Language Learning Videogame - Learn Portuguese from this exciting game in virtual reality (VR) on an Oculus Rift, or play on a laptop or phone (2D, 3D, and AR versions). ELLE the EndLess LEarner is an endless-runner style educational videogame designed to teach players vocabulary words in a foreign language.

 

UCF-Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy - The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, UCF’s graduate video game development program, will feature a unique mix of games, cinematics, and demo reels at Otronicon 2019. Faculty, students and staff will be available to answer questions about the game and simulation industries as well as what to study in high school and college to become a game developer.

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. 

Advent Health Brings Surgical Robots and More To Otronicon

Orlando Science Center is pleased to present Advent Health for Children throughout the exciting duration of Otronicon. 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.

 

Be sure to stop by their welcome table for an Advent Health for Children’s passport including activities to complete for a special prize!

 

Here’s what you can expect from a few other Advent Health exhibitors during Otronicon, January 18 – 21, 2019! Please note that some of these exhibitors may only be present on select days.

 

Advent Health For Children

  1. Globus Excelsius Robotic Navigation - Globus Medical designs cutting-edge technologies that revolutionize surgery and optimize patient care.  Learn about multi-functional robotic navigation, imaging versatility, and unique real-time information in surgical technology.
  2. Mission FIT - For those who want to receive personalized feedback about their health, the Mission: FIT Possible booth features the latest in health and fitness, including the In-Body Machine, Pedometer challenges, FIT Trivia, FIT challenges, and more. Receive personalized information about your muscle mass and basal metabolic rate, exercise your brain with FIT trivia, and jump into action with a step challenge.
  3. Laparoscopic Training Boxes - Build basic to advanced surgical skills for the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery or procedural knowledge.
  4. Mimic - The flexVR™ is a simulator with integrated controllers, foot pedals and a 3D monitor that enables surgeons to learn how to use the surgical robot. It presents life-like training situations. The model being presented is the first robotic console trainer that is compact and portable.
  5. Mazor Robotics – Mazor Robotics Guidance System is transforming spine surgery into a highly-accurate, state-of-the-art procedure that uses mechanical guidance and 3D planning software.

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.