OTRONICON brings together the entertaining world of consumer video games with a behind-the-scenes view of the art, technology and science that form the foundation and the future of both the videogame and simulation industries. Families and individuals of all ages will have a tremendous range of places and opportunities to explore.
Who said video games are just for kids? Live out your childhood dreams behind the wheel of a racing car or in the cockpit of a fighter jet in one of our state of the art simulators. Or crank up your favorite classic rock hits on a customized Rock Band stage. Oh, and don’t worry, there’s stuff for the kids too!
Are you good? Really good? Good enough to face off on some of your favorite games in person? At Otronicon, you can test your skills on more than 100 gaming stations in a variety of competition formats.
Otronicon offers interactive worshops uniquely designed for middle and high school students to explore the world of gaming technology. Students can work with industry-based tools for simulation and game design.
23 December 2011
Posted in Military Tech
SeaPerch is a robotics development program in which students build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Designed to teach basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme, students engage in a hands-on activity that teaches buoyancy, propulsion and ergonomics. The ROV is built from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts in which along the way, students learn the scientific process, waterproofing and tool safety and usage. It’s also a great introduction to a potential engineering career.
Beyond the construction and learning components, participants have the opportunity to test their robots underwater and ultimately, enter them in a SeaPerch design competition. Events include vehicle maneuvering and recovery, design contests and team presentations.
Once the basic concepts are grasped, builders can employ their imagination to tweak or hack their own unique SeaPerch. Below are photos of modified SeaPerch robots courtesy of www.SeaPerch.org and Steve Thone of www.HomebuiltROVs.com.
Enjoy live demonstrations of the SeaPerch robot at Otronicon taking place January 13-16, 2012!