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Robot Zoo

January 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

An interactive exhibit that reveals nature as a master engineer through the creation of larger than life robotic animals. The Robot Zoo exhibit provides hands-on learning opportunities to discover how animals work, and how to engineer and animate robots.

Three robot animals and seven hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors and a fly walks on the ceiling. The larger-than-life-size animated robots include a chameleon and a platypus. Also featured is a house fly with a 3-foot wingspread. 

Machinery in the robot animals simulates the body parts of their real-life counterparts. In the robot animals, muscles become pistons, intestines become filtering pipes and brains become computers. 

Sensory activities include “Swat the Fly,” a test of the visitor’s reaction time (one-twelfth as fast as a house fly’s), and “Sticky Feet,” where visitors using special hand pads can try to stick like flies to a sloped surface. Triggering the “Tongue Gun” demonstrates how a real chameleon shoots out its long, sticky-tipped tongue to reel in a meal.

The exhibit is based on the book The Robot Zoo that was conceived, edited and designed by Marshall Editions of London, England.

This exhibit is made possible by The Richard Brooke Foundation, Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation, First National Bank, Gallup, Adah and Leon Millard Foundation, Mutual of Omaha, Union Pacific, and Valmont Industries.

Details

Date:
January 19, 2019
Time:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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