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

Theaters

If you need a break from the exhibit floor, take a seat in one of our state-of-the-art theaters.

The domed giant-screen Dr. Phillips CineDome and high-definition 3D Digital Adventure Theater both offer educational films daily, and all films are included with general admission. Content changes regularly, so be sure to check the theater schedule before you arrive to find out what’s playing.

Guests waiting for a giant-screen film to start in the CineDome.

Dr. Phillips CineDome

Take a journey to a new world with films about nature, history, geography and more on the giant screen!

A guest presenter addressing the audience during Science Night Live.

Digital Adventure Theater

Get absorbed in the action with 3D educational films and exciting live stage shows that bring science to life!

Crowd wearing 3D glasses watches a Hollywood film in the Digital Adventure Theater.

Hollywood Films

Thursday through Sunday evenings, the Digital Adventure Theater will play Hollywood films at 5:10 p.m.

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.

Internships

Orlando Science Center’s internship program is designed to provide college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to gain realistic, in-depth exposure to the many careers at the Science Center.

 

Interns can expect to expand their professional skills, while gaining valuable experience and becoming part of the Science Center’s bigger mission. Internships at Orlando Science Center are unpaid, but interns are eligible for benefits such as school credit and free annual memberships.

Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters and available internships vary by semester. View the list below for current opportunities and check back frequently for other positions.

To apply, send your resume with a cover letter to Megan Collins, Coordinator of Volunteer Development, at mcollins@osc.org

We are accepting applications for the following internships for spring 2019.

Current Openings

Special Events

The Special Events intern will assist the Director of Special Events with the creation of Special Events for the Orlando Science Center. Interns will assist with identifying and soliciting prospective content partners, schedule and attend meetings, order lunch, send out meeting reminders and take minutes, process invoices and record expenses, assist with event logistics before and during event, prepare staffing plans, track in-kind donations, inventory, and other record keeping. Interns will interact with staff, vendors, sponsors and guests, as well as assist with other special events as needed.

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent customer service with critical thinking and troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft Office programs, including: Word and Power Point.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Understands and supports the mission of the Orlando Science Center, to Inspire Science Learning for Life.
  • Ability to work well with others and to remain professional and courteous with all partners.
  • Willingness to learn and a positive attitude.
  • Have an understanding of emerging technologies, especially as they relate to the STEM field.
  • Education in the business administration, special events, or related work experience is preferable.

 

Skills & Requirements:

  • 2 or more years of college courses, preferably Non-profit Management, Education, or Digital Media.
  • Have already completed a previous internship.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal background check.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Self-motivated to seek out tasks and projects.
  • Minimum time commitment of 1 semester with availability to work all Special Events during the internship time period.
  • Available Tuesday – Thursday between the hours of 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., January through June, with a minimum of 2 days a week and 4 hours a day

Public Programs

Orlando Science Center’s Public Programs department creates and presents content including demonstrations, shows, & activities for guests as well as creating special themed content each month. Public Programs is offering an internship to develop skills in science communication, facilitation, resourcefulness, & creativity.

Over the course of the internship, participants will learn & present specific content, assist in creating content, & assist with daily tasks both front & back of house. They will standardize & prototype STEM challenges & theme of month demonstrations, present science polls, & collect program surveys. Their project for the cohort will be one themed cart demonstration that displays science content in a fun, engaging guest experience.

Qualifications:

  • Second year college students or above
  • Seeking a degree in science or education
  •  Presentation skills preferred
  • Experience working with children preferred
  • Desire to learn
  • Readiness to be flexible & adaptable

Skills & Requirements:

  • Successfully pass criminal background check & fingerprinting
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large groups
  • Reports promptly to work on days scheduled
  •  Able to lift 25 lbs
  • Individuals should be organized & able to work with minimal supervision & guidance

To Apply: Send your resume with a cover letter to Megan Collins, Coordinator of Volunteer Development. 

Contact Us

For more information about Orlando Science Center’s internship program, contact the Volunteer Resources Department at 407.514.2070 or fill out the form below.


The Orlando Science Center is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. It is the policy of the Orlando Science Center to provide equal opportunities to all qualified applicants and to administer all aspects and conditions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected-class status.

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