Disney VoluntEARS Inspire Future Scientists

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., January 24, 2014 – Ever wonder what makes it possible for guests to take a flight to Endor with Star Tours, or how Big Thunder Mountain Railroad creates thrills as the wildest ride in the wilderness?

Cast Members from Walt Disney World Resort who work on both of those attractions, combined fun with a variety of interactive displays showcasing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to inspire future scientists during the annual Otronicon event at the Orlando Science Center. A celebration of interactive technology, Otronicon gives participants access to innovative technology that’s changing the way Central Floridians live, learn and play. The four-day event attracts thousands of kids annually from schools across the region, inspiring them to consider STEM careers.

“To a kid, Otronicon is a dream come true — four floors of video games, robots, virtual reality and more,” said JoAnn Newman, president and CEO of Orlando Science Center. “With participation from Disney VoluntEARS and representatives of other companies across Central Florida, this event creates engaging opportunities that spark a child’s interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of interactive technology.”

Disney VoluntEARS have been involved with Otronicon for the past three years to encourage students to consider STEM careers and highlight the fun connected with those roles. Walt Disney World Resort also demonstrates support for the Orlando Science Center in other ways, including grants, in-kind donations and volunteer leadership.