Community Events

Orlando Science Center’s vision is to foster creativity and curiosity for science, thus stimulating innovation that transforms our economy and enhance lives.

The success of Otronicon depends upon collaboration of diverse partners making Otronicon a true community-wide event.

Community organizations are invited to partner with Orlando Science Center to produce and promote events in the weeks leading up to Otronicon to stimulate thoughtful conversations and spark curiosity.

On the Road to Otronicon – Design and Create Your Own Video Games with MakeCode Arcade, ages 8+

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Microsoft Stores in Millenia & Florida Mall

In partnership with the Orlando Science Center and on the road to Otroncion; This free two-hour worshop teaches students eight and up to design and build video games using block coding and fundamental gaming and coding concepts in MakeCode Arcade.


In the sessions, students will:

Learn about computer science and gaming concepts such as sprites, mods, variables and conditionals; Publish their video games via URL to play and keep creating at home.


The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event.



Parent's Night Out

Friday, January 10, 2020, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Level Up Academy

What Is Parent’s Night Out?

Drop your student off at Level Up Academy to learn game development skills and enjoy socializing with other like-minded students while you as a parent get a chance to enjoy a fun-filled evening in Downtown Orlando.


What Are Students Learning?

Although each event is mainly focused around having a fun time, we easily sneak in education. A mix of game design, art, and programming principles are introduced to give context and a "behind the curtain" look at how games are made while they are also able to learn practical lessons such as teamwork, project management, and creativity.


Where does my donation go?

Your admission/donation goes toward providing scholarships to youth in our programs. Donation progress will be posted on our facebook page to show how close we are to reaching our goal.



Press Play Conference 2020: Level Up Downtown

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

Level-Up Downtown is a free one-day event at the new UCF Downtown Campus aimed at informing the local community students and parents of the opportunities in the video game, simulation and film industries.


This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr. A graduate of Jones High School, Dr. Gates is a theoretical physicist and served on President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He currently serves as Director of the Brown Theoretical Physics Center. The event will also include informative tours, interactive displays and workshops. Lunch will be provided.


The first 50 registrants will receive a free book for the signing of Dr. Gates' book: "Proving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions that Changed How We Look at the Universe".



On the Road to Otronicon – Create Your Own Galaxy with Tynker Solar System, ages 10+

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Microsoft Stores in Millenia & Florida Mall

In partnership with Orlando Science Center and on the road to Otronicon; This free two-hour workshop where students ten and older use block coding to program a moving model of the Solar System with Tynker. Students learn coding concepts to make their own unique Solar System model.


By the end of the workshop, students will have:

Learned basic block coding concepts; Use their imagination to create and customize their own unique Solar System.


The parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in Microsoft Store for the duration of the event.



The Bit Player

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Enzian Theater

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In a blockbuster paper in 1948, Claude Shannon introduced the world to the "bit" and laid the foundation for the information age. The impact would be incredibly far reaching, influencing such diverse fields as communication, linguistics, genetics, computing, cryptography, neuroscience, artificial intelligence and cosmology. Shannon also constructed a mathematical theory of juggling, rode unicycles, wrote the first paper on computer chess and built a flaming trumpet! The Bit Player, directed by Mark Levinson (Particle Fever), combines interviews with leading scientists, archival film, inventive animation and compelling commentary from Shannon himself to tell the story of an overlooked genius who revolutionized the world, but never lost his childlike curiosity. USA, 2018, Not Rated, Directed by Mark Levinson.


Event Info:

Tech Brunch networking hour begins at 11:00 a.m. with coffee and light pastries and will include science demos from Orlando Science Center. Film screening followed by a conversation discussing Claude Shannon’s legacy and the impact of his work with film director Mark A. Levinson, research scientist Elaine Raybourn of Sandia National Laboratories, Dr. Azadeh Vosoughi from the University of Central Florida College of Engineering and Computer Science and Nick Teauge, Founder of Automunge, a Florida startup offering a platform to prepare data for machine learning.


This screening is in partnership with Enzian Theater's Science on Screen®, An initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre. With major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Live, Virtual & Constructive Basketball Training in the OHoops Lab

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. at OHoops

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Admission is Free

Founded on principles of hard work, dedication and striving for excellence in life and basketball; OHoops provides players with the number one source for obtaining the proper basketball skills and the ultimate tools enhancing every player’s passion for the sport. The focus of every workout, skills session or training class is Complete Player Improvement.


The OHoops Mission is to advance the image and ability of potential basketball players, by promoting, motivating, training and instructing.


Intense repetition of proper fundamental and advanced skills, while having fun, is how kids mentally and physically prepare to compete at their highest potential.