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Zoom in on Robots This Weekend at the Franklin

A special day of activities highlights the museum's "Robot Revolution" exhibit.

Haven’t been to  “Robot Revolution” at the Franklin Institute yet? This Saturday is a good time to change that, as the museum hosts a special day highlighting the exhibit.


The temporary exhibit, which was developed at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, has been open here since October and runs through April 2. It feature more than 40 robots and lets visitors get to know all of them.


There are robots that play soccer, and solve Rubik’s Cubes, as well as robotic arms, Roomba vacuum cleaners, and drones. You can experience what it’s like to be in a self-driving Google car. There’s even a robotic baby seal, and an all-terrain crawling robot built at the University of Pennsylvania.


The Saturday, January 14 theme event — one of several during the exhibit’s run — focuses on circuitry and robotics. It runs from 10 am to 3 pm in the Institute’s Key Hallway and Pendulum Hallway, and seeks to explain how the circuitry works inside the gadgets themselves. From 9 am to noon, local Lego builders will also be showing off and racing their robotic vehicles.


The theme event, which is free with general admission to the museum, includes an operation circuit building activity, Scribble Bots, and Scales of Bristle Bots. Visitors can work with their hands and follow demonstrations of these cutting-edge machines.


Photograph courtesy of the Franklin Institute.



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