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FIRST is a not-for-profit public organization for youth that uses robot challenges to build science and technology skills and interests. It is a character-driven program that also inspires self-confidence, leadership and life skills.

FIRST is impacting students and volunteers everywhere from the U.S. to China and even the Netherlands! In fact, more than 300,000 students will take part in FIRST events and have the opportunity to win more than $16 million in scholarships.

Students compete in one of two contests: the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge. Competitors will raise funds, design a team brand, and build and program a robot using materials supplied to them by FIRST that will go head-to-head with other teams.

Be sure to meet these students, interact with their robots and learn how you can get involved in FIRST at Otronicon.


If you thought "Call of Duty" was lifelike, wait until you engage with Program Manager Training Systems' "Deployable Virtual Training Environment"!

DVTE, for short, is a laptop-based training simulation used by United States Marine Corps. That's right — this is what our soldiers are using to train! This particular simulation utilizes Virtual Battlespace 3, and users can control a tactically based first-person shooter that includes use of Marine Corps weapons and vehicles.

If that's not enough, actual Marines will be on-hand to assist attendees and even go head-to-head with you. Your console games have nothing on this experience!


Team Orlando, a local advocate for STEM learning, presents a selection of games from the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge.

SGS&C celebrates video games as a platform for instructional media and is held at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando every year. The challenge is divided into three categories (business, government and student) and awards the best games that address a measurable learning opportunity.

At Otronicon, guests can play six of the top games determined at the conference. Beyond just playing the game, staff and developers will be available to explain what went into making it.


Most people would say transforming your car into an interactive driving simulator is a bit extreme. Thankfully for Otronimaniacs, Ron Handy of PHENIX Design Group is not like most people.

A perennial favorite, Ron's company returns for its 10th Otronicon, which means he's been a part of Otronicon since the very beginning! Every year, Ron has driven his own Scion xB into the building and swapped out the front seat for a motion simulator chair. The result is a driving simulation like no other, in which you race among simulated competitors in a six-minute experience.

But that's not all. Ron also showcases his Google Earth exhibit that utilizes a Liquid Galaxy three-screen display and six-axis navigator control, immersing you anywhere in the world. Then there’s the HotSeat Flight Simulator, allowing guests to experience the thrill of flying a high performance aircraft.


Less than three miles away from Orlando Science Center is the Orlando Public Library and its multi-million dollar Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center. For the creator in all of us, this place has it all: video and audio production; photography; fabrication and simulation labs; an interactive media wall; and a conference room.

At Otronicon, the Melrose Center will present many of these offerings in the form of a photo booth, video green screen, audio production bay, simulators and a 3D printer. Simply bring your imagination and they'll show you how to make it come to life!


A leader and innovator in the tech and gaming industry, Microsoft is back at Otronicon!

Guests will be able to tinker and toy with all of their latest lines of products, including the Xbox One, Surface Pro 3, MakerBot and Windows Phone line.


It's time to kick the tires and light the fires!

Lockheed Martin returns to Otronicon for the 10th straight year to showcase their state-of-the-art simulators. Experience nine flight simulators including: HotSeat Simulators, RedBird Jay Simulators and Prepar3D Simulators. Experience the scenario and mission-focused engagement firsthand from one of the industry’s best!


It's almost something out of "Star Trek" what JHT, Inc. is bringing to Otronicon.

The Weapons Launch Console Team Trainer is a table-top touchscreen that allows users to complete tasks associated with weapons launch. Some require one-finger manipulation and light force (lever adjustments), while others require the full hand and full force (metal door opening and closing) depending on the requirements.

Orlando-based, JHT is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business that specializes in four core areas of expertise: interactive training and education, technical data management, professional support solutions and environmental and marine science services.


Orlando-based Gentleman Squid Studio brings you arcade action best described as a blend of "Guitar Hero" and "Missile Command"!

In "Rise of the Ravager," a god desires to be reborn, an event that would signal the End of Times. Seek favor from the Old Ones to prevent his avatar from destroying all. Play alone or invite up to three friends to blast hordes of enemies utilizing a unique combat system based on color. Large boss fights, multiple landscapes, unfolding mythology — preventing the End of Times is an entertaining challenge in "Rise of the Ravager"!

Design Interactive, Inc. is a local woman-owned small business that has developed a mobile gaming application to support amputees.

FreeRunner requires gamers to use gestures to control their character and make him jump, duck and run. Get fitted with a unique gesture recognition device to play the game and attain a high score to be added to the leaderboard. This technology demonstrates how to use a new brain-controlled prosthetic limb.

In 2009, Design Interactive was named one of Central Florida’s top woman–owned businesses by the Orlando Business Journal.

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The Science Center is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts. This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.