Simulators, Virtual Reality and STEM
Otronicon attendees take flight with the world's most advanced fighter aircraft in the F-35 Lightning II Hotseat simulator.
One weekend, 14,000 students and visitors, 100 Lockheed Martin volunteers, and a whole lot of STEM!
On Jan. 16-19, Lockheed Martin employees from across Central Florida volunteered as part of the Orlando Science Center’s Otronicon, a technology, gaming and simulation expo, featuring everything from dancing robots and newly released videogames to Tesla coils as musical instruments and a robotic surgery simulator.
Lockheed Martin brought military and commercial flight simulators, head-wearable goggles for virtual simulation, interactive computer-based tutors to teach programming basics and the FORTIS exoskeleton. Lockheed Martin continually seeks ways to invest in students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and has sponsored Otronicon since its inception 10 years ago.
“Otronicon is about inspiring the future innovators of STEM industries,” said Pat Camilo, Lockheed Martin systems engineer and Otronicon lead. “Lockheed Martin is committed to developing students’ interest in STEM, and we are proud to be involved in such a meaningful community event.”
LM Eyes goggles, a hit at the four-day event, allowed Otronicon visitors to participate in an augmented reality maze where they could “see” and interact with each other to complete missions.
LM Eyes users navigate a virtual world together at the Orlando Science Center’s Otronicon gaming and simulation expo in Orlando.
The FORTIS exoskeleton, which is designed to offset the weight of heavy tools for industrial workers, was also popular at the event.
Students gather around program manager Patricia Aelker as she demonstrates the
“So many families came together to experience Otronicon,” said Tom Herald, senior Lockheed Martin Fellow. “The students’ enthusiasm at the event is contagious, and we’re already looking forward to Otronicon 2016.”