THE ROBOT ZOO (2,500 sf) Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet Exhibit Title:
The Robot Zoo
A traveling children’s exhibit that reveals the biomechanics of giant robot animals to illustrate how real animals work.
Size: 2,500 square feet Itinerary:
One exhibit set will tour a total of 15 science center and natural history museums and zoos in North America over the five-year tour.
- Three robot animals and eight hands-on activities reveal the magic of nature as a master engineer.
- Tongue Gun – Triggering a joystick on the model of a robot chameleon’s head fires a long tongue at insect targets to show how the reptile catches food.
- Hide and Seek – Children can blend in like a chameleon. Wearing a coat that matches a wall in the background, kids can watch themselves appear and disappear on a video monitor.
- Hear’s Seeing You – When visitors aim the robot bat’s head at insect targets, a digital display reveals the distance to each bug to demonstrate echolocation, a bat’s sonar system for hunting prey at night.
- Swat the Fly – This activity tests participants’ reaction time (about one-twelfth as fast a house fly’s). Visitors use their hands to “swat” each fly as it lights up.
- Sticky Feet – Kids, wearing special hand and kneepads, can try to stick like flies to a sloping surface.
Chameleon, Platypus, and Housefly