Otronicon: The Complete Guide

Orlando's favorite tech expo and science festival is BACK!

Now held on President's Day Weekend, Otronicon brings together some of the top minds in science and technology in the Central Florida region. As a celebration of innovation and lifelong learning, the festival serves as a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the best in STEM advancements. Join us to gain exclusive access to highly specialized surgical robots, contribute firsthand to the sustainability of coastal ecosystems, and test out the latest advancements in immersive virtual reality. 

FAQs

Have questions about Otronicon? Here's everything you need to know about the festival!

How do I buy tickets?

Admission to Otronicon is included with general admission to Orlando Science Center. Please remember to reserve your timed-entry tickets online prior to arrival to guarantee and expedite entry. Tickets can be purchased here.

What's happening during Otronicon?

Otronicon has a wide assortment of exhibits, workshops, live shows, gaming competitions and more. Visit our calendar or check out the daily schedules below for a look at the full list of programming. 

Otronicon 2022 - Friday Schedule

Otronicon 2022 - Saturday Schedule

Otronicon 2022 - Sunday Schedule

Otronicon 2022 - Monday Schedule

Does Otronicon admission include Science Night Live?

No, Science Night Live is a separately ticketed event. Our 21+ adults night begins at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday February 19. Tickets can be purchased here.

Where do I park?

Parking is available in the Orlando Science Center parking garage. If you are able to, please consider carpooling. On Saturday and Sunday, overflow parking will be available in case the garage reaches capacity. 

Overflow Parking Instructions

Will there be live shows?

Yes! Join WeFlip for a high-energy acrobatic show with a science twist, or explore the science of suds with America's Got Talent star Blaise Ryndes as he performs his incredible Sphere's Bubble Show. Here's a schedule of Otronicon programming in our theaters: 

Friday:

11:30 a.m. — Diversity in STEM - Panel Discussion highlighting the importance of diversity in STEM fields & how panelists created opportunities for underserved communities.

2:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. — WeFlip Acrobatic Science Live! Show

Saturday: 

2:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. —WeFlip Science Acrobatic Science Live! Show

Sunday:

1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. — Spheres Bubble Shows - Expand the Universe Tour

Monday:

1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. - Spheres Bubble Shows - Expand the Universe Tour

How do I register for workshops and competitions?

Registration for workshops and gaming competitions will take place on-site in the Club House on Level 1. Registration closes 15 minutes prior to the event, but please be aware that space is limited and slots often fill long before this deadline. Please proceed to registration upon arrival to guarantee your spot in any workshops or competitions you are interested in.

Admission: Otronicon is FREE for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11).

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

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or see Plan Your Visit.

Learn How To Code Like A Wizard, Design a Skyscraper, and More During Otronicon Workshops!

Become the next great innovator at Otronicon with engaging workshops!

From creating video games to making robots dance, to learning about the art and science of stop motion animation you’ll leave these workshops with a newfound skill and appreciation for STEM. 

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. Guests can reserve workshops in advance for a nominal fee of $5.00 by contacting the reservations department at classes@osc.org or 407.514.2112. 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. 

Check out the exciting workshops you have to look forward to during Otronicon from February 18-21, 2022!


AniMotion Studios: 3D Animation & A+STEM
UCF Create

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
(90 min – Ages 13 and Up)

This 90-minute workshop will introduce 3D animation to students and families. Come and see how your favorite animated movies were made and learn how to make a character move across the screen using the professional standard animation software, Maya.


Architecture in the Digital World
Black Architects in the Making

Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
(75 min – Ages 13 and Up)

We will use programs such as Google SketchUp and Revit to model simple architectural forms. We will then utilize a rendering plugin called Enscape, which allows for real time visuals and fly throughs. This can be shown on a large screen or paired with an Oculus VR headset for a more immersive experience.


Catapult Challenge
Society of Women Engineers

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
(120 min – All Ages)

In this 2 hour workshop the attendees will participate in a STEM activity of building a catapult which incorporates the aspect of easy math connection, engineering design process, student-driven learning, and hands-on. The catapults will undergo three different tests to determine accuracy and power. The teams will be able to modify the catapults and retest as desired.


Cloudy With A Chance Of Python
Black Orlando Tech

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. 
(60 min – Ages 16 and Up)

Intro Python workshop where participants will deploy their first cloud resources using AWS Python SDK.


Code a Home Security Camera with a Raspberry Pi Microcomputer
TechPays Foundation

Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 a.m. 
(60 min – All Ages)

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! TechPays™ has received publicity on WFTV Channel 9, STAR 94.5, and has received 5 Star Positive Feedback reviews as a 2018 Otronicon Workshop Presenter.


Drone Zone

Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Monday, 10:30 a.m. 
(60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Explore the world of drones! Learn the principles of flight and how drones move as you pilot them through a series of obstacles. Master your skills with the drone coding challenge! This workshop is based on content produced in partnership with Orlando Science Center, Teqgames, and NAWCTSD and is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.


Exploring Space

Friday, 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Monday, 10:30 a.m.
(60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Do you think space is far out? Come find out how NASA scientists & engineers use technology to learn new information about planets and stars. This workshop is based on content produced by Orlando Science Center and the University of Central Florida supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AM34G.


GaIM Maker Space Laser Cut Design
UCF GaIM
Level 3 - The HIVE

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
(90 min – Ages 8 and Up)

In this workshop, participants will learn the principles behind realizing your 2D designs with accuracy and speed. The UCF GaIM Maker Space will share their knowledge and techniques of the Glowforge so that every participant can turn their paper 2D designs into a more tangible product. Learn concepts of 2D design, and the process of developing a successful laser cut product, to create project that you can take home.


Knight's Declassified Career Survival Guide
Future Technical Communicators of UCF

Friday & Saturday, 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
(60 min – Ages 13 and Up)

This one-hour workshop teaches high schoolers about the fundamentals of job preparation including creating a resume, building a portfolio, and doing a job interview—all through the lens of an adventurer in a medieval fantasy world. Follow our hero in this D&D-inspired workshop as they learn not only how to wield the sword but the pen as well. Watch and help them level up from local adventurer to licensed hero.


Ozobot Dance Off

Friday, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
Monday, 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
(60 min – Ages 7 and Up)

Come explore programming with Ozobots, smart little robots that can read code through color! We’ll learn how to draw color-coded paths for our Ozobots to speed up, slow down, and light up. Then we’ll use our skills to make our robots dance!


Simulation Adventures

Friday & Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, 12:30 p.m.
(60 min – Ages 13 and Up)

What do Gamers, Air Traffic Controllers, and Drone Pilots have in common? They all require very specific skills! Experience a flight simulator that real pilots use for training as you fly an aircraft from the Downtown Orlando to the Orlando International Airport, or use a drone to treat crops in Agriculture. This workshop is based on content produced in partnership with Orlando Science Center, Teqgames and NAWCTSD and is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.

Otronicon Hours: February 18 - 21, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

General 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).

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

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, Star Wars Episode 1: Racer, Pokken Tournament DX, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more!

*Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 11:00 a.m. Tournament Key: 

This year’s Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament will be separated into age brackets. Players in Grade School and Middle School will compete in Bracket A, while High School and above will compete in Bracket B.

At 11:00 a.m., Brackets A and B will compete simultaneously. The champions of each bracket will then face off to see who is the best of the best!

At 3:00 p.m., players of all ages will be welcomed for open play in Bracket E. 

A - Grade School and Middle School
- High School and Above
E - Any Age

Schedule

Friday, February 18, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dragon Ball Fighter Z (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*

Saturday, February 19, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Star Wars Episode 1: Racer (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Sunday, February 20, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Monday, February 21, 2022

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate A (F1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  B (F1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)*
  • 1:00 p.m. - Pokken Tournament DX (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Otronicon Waiver and Release Form for Game-play, Competitions and Special Content

All players under (18) years old on the first day of the Otronicon event must submit a consent form upon entry to the event, signed by a caregiver, in order to participate in competitions. Any cash prizes won by minors will be awarded directly to that minor participant.

Waivers may be completed online or in person. If a minor is dropped off or is attending alone, the caregiver must be present with the minor on the first day in order to validate their electronic signature on this form.

Caregiver only need to complete one form per child per day for the entire event. Waivers will be kept on file for all (4) days of the event.

To expedite the check in process, caregivers may bring a print out of the email (or show on your phone) along with a valid photo ID to the waiver table. The name on the photo ID must match the caregiver's name on the email confirmation.

Registration for all competitions is onsite at Orlando Science Center. There are no online registrations for competitions.


General Rules

  1. Admission to the Orlando Science Center is required for all competitions.
    Registration is required for all competitions. This is done on-site at the Orlando Science Center.
  2. 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.
  3. Each competition is $5.00 to compete per person, per game.
  4. Players must use only the controllers provided by Orlando Science Center. No outside controllers are allowed and may be confiscated.
  5. Competition is greatly encouraged, but excessive taunting or threatening will not be tolerated.
  6. Games started only with official PKG staff (Ref's) permission.
  7. Players will not tamper, unplug, or touch any of PKG's equipment without permission.
  8. No pausing of any game. No intentional glitching. No disrespecting fellow players/staff members.
  9. Intentional cheating will result in expulsion from the tournament.
  10. All decisions made by Orlando Science Center or Powder Keg Games are Final, and not subject to appeal.
  11. Suspected cheating or foul play must be immediately reported to PKG staff (Ref).
    Accumulating 3 warnings will result in expulsion from tournament, and possibly the premises.
  12. Prizes and competition details subject to change without notice.

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

General 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).

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Drop by Otronicon and Drop Off Old Tech at Aeras Foundation Tech Drive and Visit STEM Mobile Lab

Get a jump on your spring cleaning and help end the Digital Divide

OSC is partnering with Aeras Foundation to help increase technology accessibility in our community! We are coming together to address the Digital Divide and bridge the gap between families with access to technology and communications tools and those without.

During Otronicon weekend, Aeras Foundation will be hosting a Tech Drive at the Science Center and collecting gently used technology that they will repair and redeploy to local students and families in need. Device donations are being sought from both corporations and individuals.

Join us in ensuring our local students have the technology they need to thrive by donating your gently used laptops and tablets!

Thank you for helping us give those without access to technology the same opportunity as those who do!

After making your donation to the tech drive, please visit Osceola County's STEM Mobile Lab, which will on display at Entrance A next to Aeras Foundation's tent through Monday. The STEM Mobile Lab hosts several fun activities to stimulate learning and discovery. Nurture your burgeoning STEM skills inside this tech oasis, including learning how to program your very own robot! Also, check out flying drone demonstrations at scheduled times.

Drop off location:
Orlando Science Center Entrance A - Bus Loop (Camden Road)
777 E Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803

Donations can be made between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, February 13 - Monday, February 15.

Please note: If you are planning on making a device donation and attending Otronicon, please drop your technology off at Entrance A before you park or as you are leaving the event.

Ending the digital divide

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

General 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).

Are you curious about a career in tech? Check out Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life • Powered by Black Orlando Tech 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

From Live Science to a Tiny Green Home — Don’t Miss These Experiences Only At Otronicon!

Have a BLAST during these can’t-miss experiences at Otronicon!

Prepare to be mesmerized by dazzling live shows and events occurring throughout the entire four days of Otronicon! In addition to 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 from influential leaders in the tech industry today.

 

To Infinity and Kaboom!

How does a rocket get the power to make it into space? Learn about the science of space travel with live stage show To Infinity and Kaboom! in the Digital Adventure Theater.   

A person creating a green explosion on a stage

Try out some tech!

Ready Player One? Experience the evolution of video games in Dr. Dare's Club House on Level 1 with modern and vintage arcade games, droid assembly, and more!
 
Learn how technology helps us better understand the animals and world around us with daily talks from the Animal Keepers in NatureWorks.   
 
Stop by KidsTown for robot-themed programs throughout the event! Young tinkerers can enjoy a robot-themed StoryTime and stretch their maker muscles as they design their own crafty robot creation in Creative Corner.
 
Guests ages 8+ are invited to stop by The Hive: A Makerspace for LightBot and Scratch programming games and building with hydraulics.   
 

Have you ever wondered what’s inside the electronics we use every day? Take a break and join us for Tech Take Apart in Founders Room on Level 3. 

 

a young girl using a 3D doodler

Tiny Green Home Tours

Tiny Green Home is teaching how Central Florida how to make a BIG difference. On display in Loch Haven Park just outside the Cafe,  the Tiny Green Home promotes energy efficiency and sustainable energy by showcasing features like a solar array, green wall, water cistern, and window film.

To maintain social distancing, limited tours will be available from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Stop by Idea Factory on Level 1 (next to NatureWorks) to sign up!

Tiny Home in a garden

Aeras Technologies STEM Bus and Tech Drive

Help increase technology accessibility in our community! 

Aeras Foundation will be hosting a Tech Drive during Otronicon and collecting gently used technology that they will repair and redeploy to local students and families in need. Get a jump on your spring cleaning by dropping off your old tech, and check out some of the exciting new technology!

 

four teens hold up a sign that says

Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life
Powered by Black Orlando Tech

Saturday, February 13, 2021
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Curious about a career path in technology? 
 
Hear from hiring managers and learn about the skills they look for in prospective candidates. Learn about the work culture and the environment as they share perspectives on working in the tech sector and share their own personal journey with a Q&A panel and networking opportunities. 
 
Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life Powered by Black Orlando Tech

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

Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life is FREE for members*, $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

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

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.