Otronicon Interactive Tech Event

Otronicon Event Origin

(O)rlando Elec(tron)ic (I)nteractive Entertainment (Con)vention

Since its inception in 2006, Otronicon has successfully sparked interest throughout the Central Florida community in science, technology, engineering, art, math, digital media, simulation, robotics, virtual reality, and more. From flying a real-world military simulator to operating a surgical robot, guests of all ages and background are invited to experience four days of unprecedented access to the innovative technology created right in our backyard.
Where else can you have a conversation with a surgeon, a theme park engineer or astronaut? Otronicon of course! This event boasts various categories of new and unique technology demonstrated through interactive exhibits along with hands-on workshops, gaming competitions and guest speakers. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with industry professionals, learn new skills, playtest never-before-seen video games, and learn how technology and art coexist.
Otronicon is a celebration of technology in all its forms and functions. Join us as we continue the tradition that showcases these technologies, their impact on our lives and their potential to drive the future, individually, regionally and globally.

Otronicon Event Origin

(O)rlando Elec(tron)ic (I)nteractive Entertainment (Con)vention

Since its inception in 2006, Otronicon has successfully sparked interest throughout the Central Florida community in science, technology, engineering, art, math, digital media, simulation, robotics, virtual reality, and more. From flying a real-world military simulator to operating a surgical robot, guests of all ages and background are invited to experience four days of unprecedented access to the innovative technology created right in our backyard.

Where else can you have a conversation with a surgeon, a theme park engineer or astronaut? Otronicon of course! This event boasts various categories of new and unique technology demonstrated through interactive exhibits along with hands-on workshops, gaming competitions and guest speakers. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with industry professionals, learn new skills, playtest never-before-seen video games, and learn how technology and art coexist.

 

Otronicon is a celebration of technology in all its forms and functions. Join us as we continue the tradition that showcases these technologies, their impact on our lives and their potential to drive the future, individually, regionally and globally.

Exhibitors

Workshops

Speakers

Competitions

Workshops

Attend a multitude of workshops at Otronicon! From creating your own catapult to learning about maps, apps, and drones– participate in these hands-on workshops, led by industry professionals. 

Live Performances

NEW to Otronicon 2019!

Prepare to get inspired by these brand new experiences including our Keynote Speaker, the Viscerality full-dome audiovisual performance, and our new Tesla Coil show! 

Speakers

Learn from fascinating speakers, including industry leaders, visionaries, professors, and more. From revolutionizing education to creating the latest groundbreaking entertainment, these speakers have done it all. 

Sponsors

City-of-Orlando
CSI
Disney
ECS
Evans-and-Sutherland
Florida-High-Tech-Corridor
Full-Sail-Labs
Lockheed-Martin
Microsoft
National-Center-Simulation
OCFL-ACA
Orange-Technical-College
Orlando-Economic-Partnership
Polytechnic-University
Seay-Business
Siemens
Seminole-State-College
Talon-Simulations
UCF-College-Lisitings1
UCF-College-Listings-2
UCF-College-Listings-3
United-Arts
Zymphony

2019 Advisory Board

Co-Chairs

Joe Muley

Assistant Director

University of Central Florida School of Visual Arts & Design

Brandon Naids

CEO + CO-Founder

Talon Simulations

Rob Coble

ECPI

Brittny Sherlock

Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission System

Neal Finkelstein, PhD

U.S. Army Research Laboratory, RDECOM

Jennie Ablanedo

UCF, IST, Team Orlando Liaison for Serious Games Showcase & Challenge 2019

Saham Ali

Falcon’s Creative Group

Chelsea Anagnoson

MFA, UCF Create

Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel P Baltz Jr.

USN, NAWCTSD STEM Coordinator

Pat Camilo

Lockheed Martin

Sheena Fowler

Orlando Economic Partnership

Ron Handy

PHENIX Design Group

Maria Harrington, PhD

School of Visual Arts & Design UCF

Joshua D Kitain

Lockheed Martin RMS, Training and Logistics Solutions

Andy Marshall

Walt Disney World: Simulation & Analysis

Rupert Meghnot

Burnout Game Ventures, LLC

Tracey Morrison

UCF CREATE

Dr. Elaine Raybourn

Sandia National Laboratories

Allison Rivera

Lockheed Martin Corporation Missiles and Fire Control

Nicole Santalla

Microsoft at the Florida Mall

Steve Seay – Brigadier General, USA (Retired)

Seay Business Solutions, LLC, Department of Athletics UCF

Dr. Richard Signer – Chief Medical Officer (Retired)

Florida Hospital for Children

Eileen Smith

E2i Creative Studio, UCF Institute for Simulation & Training

Peter Smith

UCF School of Visual Arts and Design

Stella Sung

UCF CREATE

Jim Thomas

Orlando Tech Association

Molly Townsend

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Matt Tracy

UCF CREATE

Kim Wheeler, PE

Walt Disney World Integrated Facilities Planning

Star-Studded Evenings

Fridays & Saturday evenings from 5:00–9:00 p.m.

Join us this fall and winter for Star-Studded Evenings! This is your chance to experience some of Orlando Science Center’s programming after dark. Stargaze in the Observatory and see a feature-length film for just $10 per person after 5:00 p.m. (free for OSC members)!

Star-Studded Evenings are perfect for date night, or just a fun night out with the family!

 

Crosby Observatory

Learn a little more about our place in outer space through the Observatory, weather permitting. Our 10″ Byers refracting telescope is used to look at various celestial objects, depending on what is visible in the night sky during the season, as well as 8″ and 10″ reflecting telescopes. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers can even give you tips on how to stargaze at home!

 

Digital Adventure Theater

Catch a Hollywood movie in the Digital Adventure Theater! Showtimes are 5:10 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. Films will rotate throughout the run of Star-Studded Evenings. To find out what will be playing on the night of your visit, please check the theater schedule before you arrive.


Please note that exhibit halls will be closed during Star-Studded Evenings. 

Observatory

Scheduled Times – Level 6

Atop Orlando Science Center sits a domed observatory that, if visited during the right time of year and under the proper conditions, can provide views of planets, stars, and other celestial objects.

 

View the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas, and binary star systems!

 

View the breathtaking night sky, brilliant sun, and even bustling downtown Orlando area from the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope along with several smaller scopes.

All activities and events in the Observatory are weather-permitting. Observatory hours are subject to change based on weather conditions in the area.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Viewing Opportunities

Solar Viewing

Second Saturday of the Month, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.


November 10th

December 8th

February 9th

March 9th

April 13th

May 11th


Get a more in-depth look at the closest star to the Earth — our sun! After checking out the sun, learn about the telescopes that let us explore the solar system. Please remember that observing outer space requires good weather here on Earth.

Star-Studded Evenings

Peer into the cosmos at Star-Studded Evenings with the Crosby Observatory's 10″ Byers refracting telescope for an out-of-this world view of various celestial objects.

 

Winter time brings cooler weather, early sunset and recognizable constellations like Orion, Taurus and Cassiopeia.

 

Friday and Saturday nights, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. until February 23. Excluding January 18 and 19

 

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Science Night Live

An “adult swim” of the science variety, this event features everything you love about the Science Center… without kids! Experience all four floors of exhibits, films and hands-on programming aimed specifically for grown-ups, while enjoying adult food and beverages available for purchase.

 

Must be 21 and older.

 

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Private Star-Gazing Parties

Orlando Science Center’s observatory can be booked for exclusive viewing experiences for private parties.

 

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Other Opportunities

Adopt a Star

Give a gift that really shines! If you are seeking a unique and meaningful gift idea that supports a cause, consider adopting a star in a loved one’s name.

 

Each of the stars in our Adopt-A-Star Program is considered a “bright” star and all of them are visible from the OSC’s observatory at some point throughout the year.

 

Adopt A Star Brochure

Local Astronomy Group

Interested in joining a local astronomy group? Check out the Central Florida Astronomical Society.

 

CFAS activities include monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, monthly observing sessions at several sites across Central Florida, publication of a web information site, and public observing sessions when events of significant interest occur.

 

For more information, visit their site at www.cfas.org.

The Hive: A Makerspace

The Hive - Level 3

Presented by The Isaacs Family 

Come see what all the buzz is about! In The Hive: A Makerspace, the possibilities are as vast as your imagination. Learn how to sew a button, fold an origami crane, design a figurine using 3D modeling software then bring it to life with a 3D printer, or solder a circuit board – there’s always something new to try!

 

Many of the best designs come from collaboration. The Hive is a space that cultivates community and emphasizes the learning opportunities in every failure and success. Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation. Go forth and create!

The Hive is designed specifically for makers ages 8 and up. Makers 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

NatureWorks

Exhibit Hall – Level 1

In NatureWorks, you’ll learn about the amazing animals and plants that inhabit coral reefs, mangrove forests, cypress swamps and other Florida environments, along with other areas around the world.

 

Discover what lies deep within the Floridan Aquifer, learn how to identify some of Florida’s native and invasive species, and observe animals in their unique habitats to understand their amazing adaptations!

 

Within the exhibit hall, there are frequent opportunities to hear from a NatureWorks animal keeper and encounter some of our Animal Ambassadors up close at their scheduled encounters!

Science Live!

Check out Fish Feeding Frenzy to learn more about the animals that inhabit Florida’s reefs, or join us for Swamp Talk to meet the fish and reptiles that live in Florida’s cypress swamps.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Conservation Partner

 Seafood Watch

Kinetic Zone

Exhibit Hall – Level 2

Explore the fundamentals of forces, learn the principles of physics and see engineering in a new light in Kinetic Zone!

 

This exhibit offers an electrifying array of interactive guest experiences, ranging from launching air rockets, to experimenting with circuits, to lifting yourself off the ground with different pulley systems.

 

Get hands-on with STEM experiences like the Balance Challenge, where you can test your invention on an 18-foot zip line, and the Coaster Challenge, where you’ll use pipes to build a model of whatever radical roller coaster you can dream up!

Science Live!

Put your engineering skills to the test with special STEM challenges that will lead you through the engineering design process as you design, build, test, and improve a structure or invention to meet specific goals.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Become A Volunteer

Adult volunteer during the Otronicon event interacting with guests.

Adult Volunteers

Donate your time to bring the Science Center to life in a way that complements your expertise and interests.

Customer service employee instructing an intern at the front desk.

Internships

Explore an exciting real-world career in a nonprofit setting, working both independently and with the team. College credit is available.

Youth volunteer helping summer camp students measure ingredients for an experiment.

Catalyst Youth Volunteers

Gain valuable skills and make new friends while giving back to the community. Opportunities are available year-round.

Flight Lab

Scheduled Times – Level 4

Flight Lab uses real-world mission scenarios to teach standards-based STEM concepts. The lab contains 13 flight simulator stations where participants use Oculus Rift head-mounted display units as they learn how to fly, navigate, communicate and work as a team.

 

Some missions will require all teams to work together, while others will pit the best pilots against one another.

 

This experience is best for ages 13 and up.

Science Live!

Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

 

 

Funding is provided by the Office of Naval Research. Subject matter expertise and curriculum support is provided by the Naval Air Warfare Center/Training Systems Division. Technology and curriculum is designed in partnership with TEQGames. The flight training software was developed by Lockheed Martin and has been used to teach real pilots to fly.

Office of Naval Research
TEQ Games

Homeschool Program

STEM Discovery Center

The first Monday of each month, September through May, Orlando Science Center hosts homeschool days for Kindergarten through Grade 8.

 

The program includes hands-on Discovery Labs, educational films and exploration of our interactive exhibit halls to engage students in STEM learning.

 

Students under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult, but students 12 and up can participate in the program independently.

To learn more about the homeschool program, please contact the Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.


Homeschool Overnights

Overnight events are a great way for students to learn and have fun with friends! This program is available for groups of 50 or more.

Topics & Dates for 2018 - 2019

November 5

Kindergarten – Energy & Forces

Grades 1-2 – Forces of Nature

Grades 3-5 – Forces of Nature

Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Wind Power

December 3

Kindergarten –Bee Robotics
Grades 1-2 – Bee Robotics
Grades 3-5 – Vex Robotics
Grades 6-8 – OSCSI

February 4

Kindergarten – Little Engineers: Can We Fix It? Yes We Can!
Grades 1-2 – STEM-tastic
Grades 3-5 – STEM-tastic
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: 3D Printing

March 4

Kindergarten – Curious Chemical Reactions
Grades 1-2 – Trampoline Engineering
Grades 3-5 – Trampoline Engineering
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Solar Power

April 1

Kindergarten – Moving Machines
Grades 1-2 – Balance and Coaster Exhibit Challenges
Grades 3-5 – Gliders and Wind Tubes Exhibit Challenges
Grades 6-8 – Weather Balloon Challenge

May 6

Kindergarten – Who’s Gross? We Are!
Grades 1-2 – Gliders and Wind Tubes Exhibit Challenges
Grades 3-5 – Balance and Coaster Exhibit Challenges
Grades 6-8 – Destination STEM: Dissection

Hours, Cost & Registration

The homeschool program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Grades K-5

Fees

Student-Caregiver Team – Members – $25

 Student-Caregiver Team – General Public – $28

One K-5 student and one accompanying adult.

 

Each additional K-5 Student – $12.50

Accompanying adult required for students 12 years old and younger.

Grades 6-8  

Fees 

Student-Caregiver Team - Member – $28 

Student-Caregiver Team - General Public – $32

  

Grade 6-8 Student only – Member – $14.00  

 Grade 6-8 Student only – General Public – $16.00

 

Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition

STEM Discovery Center

Next Competition: April 26-28, 2019

Local scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Nelson Ying has partnered with Orlando Science Center since 1999 to celebrate local students’ exemplary achievements through the Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition. Students submit research papers to be reviewed by a distinguished panel of judges and can earn up to $5,000, plus additional awards for their schools and teachers.

 

This competition is open to individual students in Grades 9-12. Projects can be classified into a wide range of STEM topics, but they always have one thing in common: the goal to help humanity through scientific research.

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s science competitions, please call our Reservations Department at 407.514.2112 or email competitions@osc.org.


Application Deadline:
March 20, 2019

 

Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Resources


2018 Dr. Nelson Ying Science Competition Results

Winners

Calista Foo
Optimizing Bioceramic Bone Therapy Using Trace Elements Modeling

For her project, she researched bioceramic alternatives and enhancements with the goal of healing weak or broken bones. Calista also won 1st place in her division at the Brevard County science fair this year. She will be attending Cornell University in the fall.

 

Samuel Baker
Producing Activated Carbon via Pyrolysis of Compost: Year 2

For his project, he produced more efficient supercapacitors from activated carbon derived from compost. Sam and his science partner also won 1st place in their division in the Seminole County Science Fair this year. They also won Best of Fair in the Orlando Science Center’s Science Challenge.

 

Finalists

Emma Hall
A Comparative Study of Microplastics in Developed vs Underdeveloped Areas of the Indian River Lagoon

 

Sydney Sinclair
Peaceful Propellers