June 11, 2014

Dozens of Hands-On Space and Technological Exhibits 

• TouchTomorrow, the free and interactive festival celebrating space, science, technology, and robots, is set to take over the campus on June 14, 10am to 4pm.

The festival, now in its third year, is composed of hands-on exhibits and activities focused on our scientific and technological future. Attendees can participate in a number of exciting outdoor and indoor exhibits and activities sponsored by groups such as NASA, WGBH Education, Ecotarium, Science from Scientists, FIRST Robotics, Worcester Historical Museum, Discovery Museum, iRobot, David Clark Company, and National Grid.

Attendees may explore and engage in research projects being conducted by WPI faculty and students, and meet NASA astronauts.

Among other activities:

  • Investigate the lifecycle of a star
  • Play M&M math games
  • Take a photo in a NASA spacesuit
  • Learn about spacesuit design through vacuum chamber experiments
  • Learn about WPI research on human-robot interaction, surgical robots, inter-vehicular networking, unmanned aerial vehicles, biomechanics, intelligent tutors, and other cutting-edge fields.
  • Take a “selfie” with WARNER, WPI’s tall, dark, and humanoid robot.
  • See WPI student project work in robotics, renewable energy, assistive technology, game design, architectural engineering, and other areas
  • Make slime
  • “Kinect” with a NASA virtual robot
  • Take the paper airplane design challenge
  • Command the NASA MARCbot
  • See a model of the Mars Rover “Curiosity”
  • Check out WPI’s NASA-sponsored research on heat transfer in space

For more information on TouchTomorrow events and activities, including schedules and maps, visit touchtomorrow.wpi.edu.