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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Otronicon Exhibitors Offer Access to the Latest and Greatest Technology!

From education to military to gaming, nearly 60 exhibitors will be in attendance at Otronicon this year showing guests their newest technology! Whether you’re interested in medical tech and want to use the surgical DaVinci robot, or you’re interested in game creation, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Otronicon! 

 

 Here’s what you can expect from some of the many exhibitors during Otronicon, January 17 to 20, 2020! Please note that some of these exhibitors may only be present on select days.

Education & Tech

At its core, Otronicon is a hub for education. Whether or not attendees realize it (because of the amount of fun being had) each exhibit, experience, speaker, and workshop is teaching them something new. This year, 18 education and tech exhibitors like the UCF Department of Games and Interactive Media and Tech Sassy Girlz will be in attendance showing guests all the possible careers in STEAM they can pursue.

Tech Sassy Girls booth at Otronicon

Artists

Gone are the days that technology and art are viewed as two distinct entities. As technology continues to become integral in every aspect of society, it has formed a unique and vital relationship with the arts. This year, Otronicon will feature 16 local innovative artists like Orlando native Synthestruct and crowd favorite, The Sticker Dork, to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math in the Central Florida community. Future artists and scientists alike will be inspired by the opportunities that arise when these two disciplines are united.

An artist exhibitor at Otronicon looks at her paintings

Military/Aerospace

The military has driven some of the most recognizable technological advances in the world. The Internet, radar tracking, and EpiPens would not exist today without their military origins. From cutting-edge flight simulators to engineering practices, Otronicon is pleased to offer unprecedented access to innovative technology from the military, produced right in Central Florida. Don’t miss exhibitors like Lockheed Martin, NASA Kennedy Space Center, and more.

Guest using military simulators

Gaming

Get an immersive, exciting and comprehensive look into the science that has made your favorite games come to life at Otronicon 2020. Meet the gaming industry leaders like the Serious Games Showcase and Orlando Game Space that will not only show off their creations, but take you through their creation process, from concept to final product.

Guests playing in a video game tournament at Otronicon

Medical/Health

Where else can you operate a surgical robot and compete in a video game tournament within the same hour? Otronicon, of course! With groundbreaking equipment that is transforming the healthcare industry, this an opportunity to see and experience innovative technology that is difficult to find anywhere else.

AdventHealth showing guests of Otronicon the surgical robot.

Tech Startups

It’s no secret Orlando is growing into a major hub for science, technology, engineering, art, and math careers. For this and many other reasons, Otronicon hosts the O-Tech Startup Showcase, which highlights Orlando entrepreneurs to inspire tomorrow’s tech visionaries to see the potential for opportunity right here in our own hometown. Visit these exhibitors to learn exactly what it takes to create a tech start-up. Who knows? Maybe you’ll return to Otronicon in a few years with your own!

 

Click here to view the full list of exhibitors. 

Guests of Otronicon interacting with a game.

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). Click here to purchase Otronicon tickets.

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.