Seminole State faculty taking part in Otronicon at Orlando Science Center

Friday, January 11, 2019
Written by: Mark Richardson

Photo: Roberto Gonzalez Photography

The Otronicon Interactive Technology Expo at the Orlando Science Center continues to spark interest throughout Central Florida in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.  At this year's event, Seminole State faculty will be presenting Tech Talks.  

Nursing faculty will be presenting two interactive discussions on the use of simulation in health career education and engineering technology and construction faculty will present an interactive demonstration on 3D scanning and model creation.

“Learning Newborn Care with Super Baby” – Friday Jan. 18 at 1 p.m.
 Dr. Jaime Magnetico, RRT, RRT- NPS, RRT- ACCS
 Respiratory Care Program Manager

At Seminole State College, Respiratory Care students get hands-on experience with simulators to prepare them for working with real patients. The College’s baby simulator’s advanced technology allows students to learn how to properly assess a newborn and treat them appropriately. The simulator can be programmed to present a healthy newborn or one that may be in distress and need assistance. Students can practice hands-on skills, make mistakes, and learn from them in the simulation setting before entering the hospital. Implementing simulation into the curriculum has proven to be extremely beneficial to our students' education.

“Learning Pediatric Care with High Fidelity Mannequins” – Saturday Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.
 Starla Lowry
 Professor of Nursing, Laboratory Coordinator

The Seminole State College Nursing Program uses simulation to enhance the learning of our nursing students. The pediatric mannequin is used to teach students how to properly assess a pediatric patient, how to communicate with them and with family members. In this demonstration, visitors can see how the mannequin can be programmed for different heart and lung sounds and hear how we use actors, high-fidelity mannequins, intricate programming, make up and actors to create a realistic situation.

This allows our nursing students to experience how to care for patients in situations that they may not see until they are nurses caring for patients on a unit of a hospital. Exposing students to situations in a simulated environment gives them the safety to practice nursing skills and allows the faculty to assess their progress and supplement the students’ knowledge.

"3D laser scanning technology" – Monday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m.
Christy Graves, PSM, MGIS
Professor/Program Manager - Engineering Technology

Tan Qu, PhD. 
Professor/Program Manager, Construction

During this presentation visitors can experience how Engineering Technology, Construction and Design students at Seminole State College are working with state of the art technology developed by Lake Mary, Fla. based FARO, to capture and create 3D models. Professors Christy Graves and Tan Qu will capture a 3D scan of the presentation area, transfer a 3D point cloud file to a computer for processing and then use FARO Scene software to visualize a 3D model from different viewpoints.


Orlando Science Center
 777 E. Princeton St. Orlando, FL 32803
 Friday, January 18 — Monday, January 21
 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

Science Night Live
Otronicon’s after-hours event for adults only! Science Night Live requires a separate ticket and is held from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, January 19.
For tickets and info, go to

COST:    General admission to Otronicon is free for Orlando Science Center members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $14.95 for youth (ages 3 – 11). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

For more information, call 407.514.2000 or visit

About the School of Engineering, Design and Construction

Seminole State College of Florida's School of Engineering, Design and Construction offers more than 50 degrees and certificates, including bachelor's degrees in construction, engineering technology, information systems technology and interior design. The programs prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the built environment and information technology.

About the Ann Wiggins Moore Center for Nursing and Healthcare Professionals

Seminole State College’s Ann Wiggins Moore Center for Nursing and Healthcare Professionals, based at the College’s Altamonte Springs Campus, offers programs for nursing, health information management, medical transcription, physical therapist assistant, respiratory therapist and pharmacy technology and management. For more information,visit the healthcare website, or call 407.404.6004.