Military & Robotics

Presented by Lockheed Martin


Ever wanted to know how those pilots land on an aircraft carrier? At Otronicon, you’ll see firsthand.

Experience state of the art military and government simulators not normally seen by the public. These are the actual tools professionals in these fields use to train with. Feel the rush pilots feel as they’re soaring at hundreds of miles per hour.

And for the daredevil in you, our larger-than-life racing simulators will have you feeling like you’re ready for the circuit! The modeling and simulation industry is quickly becoming one of the most important to Central Florida and these simulators will give you an up-close look.

Experience how video game technology is being used to create better pilots, drivers, soldiers, doctors and more through hands-on experiences with cutting-edge simulators that before now have rarely been available to the public.


    Discover what the U.S. Army Research Lab is working up with RDECOM. Interact with the small Ground Robot and engage in competitions. There will be a race track set up for children to indirectly drive the robot vehicle around. And see what's being done at the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida in conjunction with the U.S. Army Research Lab!


    e-Nable is a global community collaborating to make free 3-D-printed prosthetic hands available to all who need them. What originally started out as a couple of guys who created something to help one child in need has grown into a world-wide movement of tinkerers, engineers, 3-D print enthusiasts, occupational therapists, university professors, designers, parents, families, artists, students, teachers and people who just want to make a difference. Each has come together to create, innovate, re-design and give a "helping hand" to those who need it — whether it is helping to print parts, creating a completed device or helping them build one themselves.

    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 400,000 students will take part in FIRST events in 80 countries. More than $20 million in scholarships is available to FIRST students.

    FIRST’s Progression of Programs consists of four levels of learning – Jr. FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL), FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). The programs vary by age and challenge so that learning is always building upon itself. Starting at age 6 and continuing through middle and high-school levels up to age 18, young people can participate at any level.

    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!


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