Thank you to all who braved the mid-April snow storm and participated in Robot Day! It was an amazing day of robots, drones, and robotics experiences. Thanks to all of our fabulous presenters and partners.
Every April The Works Museum participates in National Robotics Week with a special day of robotics fun for kids and families. Our presenter partners demonstrate kid-friendly robotics concepts and real-world applications that inspire and amaze. Kids and families interact with robots of all shapes and sizes, and meet real engineers as well as students who build, program and compete with their robots.
National Robotics Week is all about celebrating the United State’s leadership in robotics technology and development and inspiring students of all ages to pursue careers in these areas. It’s a full day of family fun with our Twin Cities robotics partners and robotic friends!
Here are just a few of the activities to expect on Robot Day:
- Fly real drones used in agriculture, use virtual reality to see what drones see, and learn how to program a drone’s flight path with University of Minnesota Ag Robotics
- Interact with Block Bots (Robot driving game for the kids) and drive the remote-controlled Drive K-9; see FIRST Tech Challenge demonstration teams in action, and a FIRST LEGO League demonstration with High Tech Kids
- Experience Arduino projects and play with robots in the Robot Corral (featuring this year’s new robots that include ping sensors!) with Coder Dojo
- Learn about sensors and model cars, see a prototype of a prosthetic hand, and understand how drones and users communicate with Shattuck St. Mary’s School
- Discover what’s cool about claw-bots, Vex robots, and Scorebot Robotic Arms with Hennepin Tech
Ready to plan your day? Here are a few tips from experienced Robot Day families:
- Come early. Robot Day starts at 9 a.m. (before our normal open hours). This is a great time to have fast access to presenters.
- Bring cash or a check if you plan to lunch at Robot Day. Papa John’s Pizza will sell pizza over lunch (and donate 20% of proceeds back to The Works Museum). This is a great opportunity to take an onsite lunch break, but they don’t take credit cards. Or pack your own lunch or snacks to eat in our lunch room.
- Save money by purchasing your admission in advance ($9 per person over age 2) or consider a family membership. Members receive free admission to Robot Day and a membership pays for itself in just 2 visits for a family of 4.
- Consider bringing your teen too. While The Works Museum focuses on programs for kids ages 5-12, Robot Day is great for anyone ages 4 and up (including our adult guests!)
- Go at your own pace. All activities are open for the whole event, but you don’t have to do them all. See what inspires your young engineer and stay as long as you like at those activities.
Special thanks to supporter Hy-Vee.
Special thanks to Papa John’s Pizza for donating 20% of the proceeds for pizza sold to The Works Museum during Robot Day!