OTRONICON v.4.0 (2009) – Moments to remember
Part 1: Robots, Simulation, Racing & StormTroopers
OTRONICON is a great event to start the new year with. In its fourth year, the Orlando Science Center and Full Sail University did have new things to show us, even one you may have never heard of before. Have you heard about a Halo-themed wedding before? I’ll talk some more about it later, but for now, let’s see what OTRONICON had to offer us this year.
Many of the interesting exhibits made a comeback this year at OTRONICON. In case you did not know, the Central Florida area is well-known as one of the main places for simulation and training of all types of things. When it’s about dealing with automobiles (à la NASCAR), tanks and everything military, airforce and marines, Central Florida is there. We’ve got the University of Central Florida, NASA, Lockheed Martin and many others here.
For kids and teens interested in engineering, science, tech and math, there were computers that demonstrated how to control a robot before making use of actual ones. Over half a dozen of computers were used by kids and their parents about the simulation of controlling robots. The actual robots at the event were controlled by teens representing FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) who use them in competitions that combine science and sports. Being a member of a FIRST team not only provides advanced knowledge in those subjects, it also provides self-confidence and teamwork. Check out www.usfirst.org for more info.