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Otronicon: Interactive Tech Expo at Orlando Science Center

Igniting a passion for STEM through technology experiences!

From January 13 – 16, 2016, Otronicon will celebrate its 12th year as the premiere technology event that you can’t afford to miss!

At Otronicon, guests walk on the cutting edge through state-of-the-art gaming and simulation technologies, including military and medical simulators not typically available to the public.

During the four-day event:

• Interact with industry leaders and educators and learn about STEM careers
• Experience the future of games and design
• See the latest in medical and military technologies
• Check out workshops and presentations led by industry pros
• Look at art from a new and exciting angle with the fusion of art and technology
• And so much more!

Regardless of your background, whether you are in the tech industry or just have a passion for learning, Otronicon engages guests of all ages to imagine the possibilities of the ever-growing and diverse digital media industry.

Join us for Orlando’s favorite interactive technology expo!

Visit Otronicon.org to see what’s new and check out our list of exhibitors!

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SOCIAL MEDIA, OTRONICON APP AND LIVESTREAMING

Find Otronicon on social media at it’s Facebook page Otronicon and twitter.com/@otronicon, and use the hashtag #otronicon.

The Otronicon schedule will be available on the official Otronicon app for Android. Check the Google Play Store as the event draws closer to download the free app!

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COST, HOURS & MORE

Purchase your tickets before December 31 and save $5 per ticket!

Admission to Otronicon is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and students, and $13.95 for youth (ages 3-11). Science Center members can experience Otronicon for FREE!

Otronicon is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. A separate ticketed 21 and up event Science Night Live featuring Otronicon will be held on Saturday, January 14 from 8–11:30 p.m. Science Night Live can sell out so get your tickets now at www.osc.org/snl.

For more information, please call 407-514-2000 or visit otronicon.org.

Apollo 11 Anniversary Gala with Buzz Aldrin

Join us in celebrating the anniversary of Apollo 11’s flight to the moon with the mission’s Lunar Module Pilot, Buzz Aldrin! Hosted by the incomparable George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in Star Trek: The Original Series and films, and featuring fellow Star Trek alumna Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) as well as longtime CNN correspondent John Zarella, this special black-tie event will be held at the Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center, FL on July 23, 2016 to celebrate the 47th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic return to earth and the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in honor and recognition of one of humankind’s greatest achievements: the first time man set foot on the surface of the moon.

During the evening you will have the opportunity to view NASA restricted property, enjoy a reception with open bar, receive an exclusive professional photo with our hosts, dine underneath one of the only remaining Saturn V rockets in the world (the largest rocket ever made), enjoy a decadent dessert spread and specialty coffee, explore the award-winning Apollo/Saturn V facility which houses historic relics of the space program, and experience an engaging program with Aldrin and Takei as they share their experiences during a time when space travel transitioned from fantasy to reality.

Also included will be an Apollo 11 Memorabilia Silent Auction and special raffle, available only to gala attendees.

Secure your SPACE today–you don’t want to miss this exclusive affair. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Special rates are available for educators, students, and active military.

Event proceeds benefit Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to igniting children’s passions for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math by providing educators with interactive and engaging hands-on educational activities.

We Want to Send You to Maker Faire Orlando!

Maker Faire Orlando defines a Maker as “We are parents, students, scientists and garage tinkerers. We are young and old and we share a love for innovation, creativity and inspiring others to make something – anything – as long as it makes people happy.” In short, we are ALL Makers!

Here, people can show off what they are making and share everything they’re learning,” said Candy Cole, President and co-founder of The Maker Effect Foundation. “Our continued expansion will allow even more makers to participate, and others in the community to see and learn from the incredible talents of our neighbors.

The event is even BIGGER this year as the DIY fun expands across Loch Haven Park and over into the Orlando Museum of Art! Via the 2015 press release;

The partnership with the Orlando Museum of Art is a result of the growth of Central Florida’s Maker community. In 2014, Maker Faire Orlando received “featured” status and promotional support from the originator and licensor of Maker Faire events, Maker Media, and expanded to a two-day extravaganza. Maker Faire Orlando is fueled by the local arts community with DIY enthusiasts and families taking part in a celebration of technology, science, arts, crafts, engineering, education, sustainability and much more. 

Thanks to our friends at Maker Faire Orlando, we will be sending four (4) people to experience all 300+ exhibitions of Makertasticness this weekend at Orlando Science Center!

Send an email before 11:59pm EST tonight to info@centralfloridatop5.com, telling us what kind of maker you are and why we should send you to Maker Faire! The top two entries will win a pair of tickets and be featured on our Facebook Page!

ProTip: Never been to Maker Faire Orlando? Check out the Full Event Schedule or download the super handy app (Android | iOS) to plan your day.

Already purchased tickets online? Great! We will see you there! Oh, and if you end up winning the Deltamaker 3D printer, can we come over and play?

And… Did we mention the Custom Cookie Contraption? or the 3D CHOCOLATE PRINTER?!

Here are our Maker Faire Orlando MUST dos (Click on links for scheduling and more info):

The World’s LARGEST (playable) Arcade Game! (15 feet tall)

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Maker Doug Brown, owner of Factor Labs in Orlando

Learn to Solder and Make a Makey!

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Learn screen printing and MAKE your own t-shirt!

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Bring your own t-shirt or buy one (while supplies last)!

REALLY cool, LEGO Micro Maker Faire displays by GFLUG!

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DOG POWERED ROBOT LABS!

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Nerdy Derby Recycled Racers!

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ABOUT MAKER FAIRE ORLANDO

Maker Faire Orlando began in 2012 as a family friendly showcase of DIY science, art, technology, and hands-on activities. Independent crafters to scientists can share what they are making and learning. Featured at the Orlando Science Center and the Orlando Museum of Art, the event is part of the original Maker Faire held in San Mateo, CA and now also in New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and other cities around the world. In all, there are 120 independently organized Mini Maker Faires worldwide.

ABOUT THE MAKER EFFECT FOUNDATION

 The Maker Effect Foundation exists to activate and amplify the efforts of makers as they learn, build and work together in their communities. Their efforts include research, publication, community organization, event production, and startup advisement. The foundation’s community organization and startup efforts are focused on Central Florida, however our research and publication efforts are not limited in scope. The Maker Effect Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity

ABOUT ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER

Located in Orlando, Fla., interactive learning and discovery await within the Science Center’s hundreds of exhibits, programs, labs, films and planetarium shows. The Science Center provides educational opportunities both within and outside its walls including field trips, family science nights at schools and community centers, and other outreach.

Orlando Science Center’s mission is to inspire science learning for life. The Science Center strives to create lasting impacts on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and develop the next generation of creative innovators. Fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Science Center ranks as one of the most popular museum destinations in the region. Having served more than 12 million people since its inception in 1955, the Science Center offers rich resources for lifelong learning. 


ABOUT ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART

Founded in 1924, the Orlando Museum of Art is a 501(c)(3) educational institution whose mission reflects the continued growth of Florida, ardent community support for the arts, and the Museum’s role as a leading cultural institution in the region. Since its inception, the Orlando Museum of Art’s purpose has been to enrich the cultural life of Florida by providing excellence in the visual arts. To meet this objective, the Museum has dedicated itself to collecting, preserving, and interpreting notable works of art; to presenting exhibitions of local, regional, national and international significance; to develop first-rate educational programs; and to presenting creative and inclusive programs to reach every segment of a diverse community.

Two Orlando Fathers Create STEM Teaching Robot

Play Smarter Meet TROBO—THE FIRST huggable, interactive, story-telling robot that promotes science and learning!

Give the gift of fun and exciting learning all wrapped up in a cuddly toy!  Purchase a TROBO Storytelling Robot and give a toy that not only makes a great companion, but encourages curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)!

TROBOs are amazing, interactive robots that actually read to children out loud and have the potential for a virtually endless story library. These interactive robots could help children with quiz solutions and can offer Brain test answers if children are stuck playing word games. Compatible with iPads and iPhones and incorporating their own TROBO app, TROBO allows children to build their own avatar, include their name in the stories, and participate in interactive puzzles every few pages—a welcome relief from the mindless and zombie-creating tech activities usually available. Plus, arriving ready to go with five included stories such as “How honey is made”, “What is lightning?”,“How does a train work?” and more, TROBO creates an early love of learning through fun and personalized technology. This is an innovative and practical, easy to follow program created by Jim Yang used to teach young children how to read and (drum-roll, please) teaches parents how to teach them. You can click here to learn more about the children learning reading review.

Companions first and teachers second, TROBOs are incredibly soft and feature no hard parts, making them perfect for cuddling, hugging and as snuggly sleeping pals.  Innovative and one-of-a-kind, TROBO makes a loveable and engaging friend creating a special bond between curious children and science.  It’s no wonder they took 2nd place at Startup Weekend, were accepted into one of six slots in the Starter Studio accelerator; invited into CANVS, a brand new tech sector co-working space; and won 2 “Maker of Merit” awards at the 2014 Maker Faire in Orlando, Florida.

Like most parents, TROBO Creators, Chris Harden and Jeremy Scheinberg found their children playing with mindless apps and watching TV more and more.  Disappointed with the lack of educational value, Jeremy and Chris set out to create a toy and app that would not only be entertaining and fun, but that they could also feel good about giving to their kids.  As engineers in the theme park and gaming industries, they realized there was a lack of quality STEM education available for young children. They put the incredible storytelling ability they learned while working with Disney, Lego and Electronic Arts to use in a fun and engaging way—TROBO was born.

Now with a campaign on Kickstarter, Chris and Jeremy are working to bring compelling stories to kids with questions about the world around them and to create a lifelong learning of science and engineering! Be one of the first to purchase your own TROBO on Kickstarter, give one to an underserved program, or make a donation of any amount and help build smarter toys!

Watch how it works here: http://youtu.be/aL4ZGHGpFgc

Maker Faire Orlando returns to Orlando Science Center Sep 13-14

by filmMaker @jenvargas

Remember waaaay back in February when we told you Maker Faire Orlando was expanding to TWO days then shared the even bigger news about Maker Faire Orlando dropping the “mini?” Well, that weekend has finally arrived! Triangulate all coordinates to Orlando Science Center because Maker Faire Orlando lands next weekend, September 13-14th!

A jammed packed 2 day schedule features Maker exhibits, workshops, talks for both makers and educators, panel discussions, a new Nerdy Derby, Power Racing, Combat Robotics, a retro arcade and more!

(Register for the Nerdy Derby early, as it is sure to fill up!)

Click HERE for Saturday’s Schedule

Click HERE for Sunday’s Schedule

 

Maker Faire Orlando 2014

 

Some of you may still be asking, “What or who is a ‘Maker,’ and why do they have a ‘faire?’ Is this a True Blood thing?”

Sorry, #Trubies. No vampires here, but the possibility of designing 3D printed fangs, building your own animatronic creature and watching dueling robots are absolutely possible. In fact, anything you can think of is possible at Maker Faire Orlando! And guess what? If you already make stuff, you are already a ‘Maker!’ Congratulations!!

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – and Orlando 2014 is produced as a partnership between The Maker Effect Foundation and the Orlando Science Center. The Faire part is a community-organized, family-friendly celebration featuring local do-it-yourself science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, technology, music, hands-on-activities, and more. It’s an event where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Also? Makers LOVE to share what they know, so don’t be afraid to ask a Maker for info or how to do something.