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. 

Step Inside A Submarine or Train Like A Pilot With The Military At Otronicon

Discover How The Military Relies On Cutting Edge Technology and People in STEM Careers

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. This is a thrilling opportunity to see and use technology that is far beyond the everyday consumer market.

Here’s what you can expect from some of the presenters during Otronicon, January 18 – 21, 2019!

Please note that some of these exhibitors may only be present on select days.

Military Exhibitors

  1. Lockheed Martin - Experience a fully immersive Mixed Reality STEM simulator, four cockpit STEM simulators, and six desktop STEM simulators. All of these simulators are networked together in a persistent scenario where participants of all ages can engage with each other, for an exciting and collaborative experience.
  2. Mind Immersions/Talon Simulations - Engage in the Virtual Reality Arcade Simulator and experience full motion VR experiences. Guests can drive in the INDY 500 and experience what it feels like to hit the corner at 200 MPH. Rollercoaster enthusiasts will be amazed by the four VR rollercoaster experiences, complete with wind effects.
  3. Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) - Dive into the Virtual Interactive Shipboard Instructional Tour 3D™ (VISIT 3D™) and experience what it is really like to be in the lower level of a submarine. This photo-realistic computer simulation will dazzle anyone that has wondered what it feels like to be under the sea.
  4. Program Manager Training Systems (PM TRASYS) - The Deployable Virtual Training Environment (DVTE) is an immersive, simulation-based training system capable of emulating and simulating a wide variety of training scenarios and generating hi-fidelity, relevant terrain databases. It also provides small-unit echelons with the opportunity to continuously review and rehearse Command and Control procedures.


For those with a continued interest in aerospace technology, Orlando Science Center will be featuring Above and Beyond presented by Boeing from February 2 through May 12. Discover the latest technology in flight expedition in this immersive, limited-time exhibit.

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.