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OctopodiCon offers educational steampunk fun in Oklahoma City

OctopodiCon 2012 takes over the Magnuson Hotel and the Meridian Convention Center, 737 S Meridian Ave., today through Sunday in Oklahoma City.
BY SANDI DAVIS Modified: October 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012

Each of OctopodiCon's events will provide paths to become freshmen through seniors until there is a graduating class. After that, Brothers plans to extend classes so enthusiasts can get a master's, then a doctorate in Steampunk.

To keep the “education” theme going, every person who registers for the event will be assigned to a pod, which is similar to a Greek house on campus, or a house at Hogwarts.

Every event you attend and get credit for gets points for your pod and the winning pod gets an award and special recognition at the next event.

Since this is a family affair, children can spend time in areas with activities designed for them. Junior Sprockets are children ages 6 to 11. Children ages 12 to 16 are in the Artifact Club. Check the program for their events and locations.

Children must have a parent with them, and because registration is over for these programs, they can watch and learn how to do the projects involved but cannot get supplies.

Of course, this is not a real school. There are no grades and anyone is welcome to audit any event. Since they're all already full, again, you can watch, but you won't have supplies of your own.

OctopodiCon 2012 starts at 2 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. One-day tickets are $25 for adults. A three-day pass is $50 per person. Children ages 6 to 16 are $10 a day or $25 for all three days. Children younger than six get in free.

Sponsors of OctopodiCon include the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma Metropolitan Library, the Oklahoma Museum of Osteology and the Society of American Military Engineers.

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