This summer, Orlando Science Center is open until 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through August 10! Since these hours are a little late, the team in The Hive: A Makerspace presented by The Isaacs Family has put together some amazing adult-friendly workshops for all of you kids at heart.
If you’ve got the fever for arts and crafts, the only prescription is more making! Fuel your creativity with specially crafted makerspace workshops — perfect for a unique date night or family bonding. From sashiko embroidery to DIY Mouse Ears, each weekend of Science After Sundown offers an engaging and exciting new workshop for you to participate in!
The following workshops are limited seating. Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to queue for tickets, which will be passed out on a first come, first served basis.
All workshops, except for Sashiko Embroidery will be held at 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.
July 5 and 6: DIY Mouse Ear Headband
Why buy when you can DIY? Skip the long lines at the theme parks and make your own DIY Mouse Ear Headband in The Hive. Create your mousy masterpiece using flowers, 3D printed parts, fabric and more!
July 12 and 13: Block Printing
Leave an impression on your date with our Block Printing workshop! Learn how to carve a rubber stamp and print on paper or fabric! Must be 13 or older to participate in this workshop.
July 19 and 20: Sashiko Embroidery
The sashiko sewing method originated in ancient Japan as a way to combine decorative technique with mending and quilting. Bring your worn and torn denim for a workshop on how to mend, patch, and embellish your clothes with Japanese sashiko embroidery. This is an open make, so stop in anytime beginning at 8:00 p.m.!
July 26 and 27: Upcycled Self-Watering Planter
If you have a habit of forgetting to water your plants, this workshop will be a lifesaver…literally. Learn how to turn a plastic tote, 5 gallon bucket, or leftover large plastic container into a self-watering planter for small space vegetable gardening. Your veggies will thank you!
*Supplies are limited so we encourage you to bring your own bin to ensure you'll get to participate! Plastic materials that would work are large detergent containers, one gallon jugs, 2-liter soda bottles, cat litter containers, and large buckets!
August 2 and 3: Test Tube Propagation Station
Create your own miniature jungle with this unbeleafably fun workshop! Learn basic woodworking skills by making a test tube propagation station to root your plant cutting. Plant propagation may sound complicated, but simply put, it’s an easy way to create new plants from existing ones. Must be 13 or older to participate in this workshop.
August 9 and 10: TBD
Workshops are included with admission to Orlando Science Center, which is free for members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 3 – 11).
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.
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.
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.
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™.
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.