Sunday, June 14, 2015

Science of Tomorrow, Today: Attending Touch Tomorrow at Worcester Polytech

We spent our Saturday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  They host an annual festival of science, technology, & robots called Touch Tomorrow.


We took the younger boys and had a wonderful day of learning all about science, computers, technology, robots and math.

We spent 5 hours walking around the campus checking out various exhibits and meeting new people.

I couldn't help but notice that a lot of the hands- on science & math lessons they had set up for kids mirrored what we do naturally at home when exploring science.  That made me feel really good!  On our way out as Alec had finished calculating how long we had been there I commented that it was a fun way to spend 5 hours learning about science and he heartily agreed.

Here are just a few things we learned, saw and did while checking out the festival.
One of the robots we saw today 

snacking and checking out all there was to do; making a game plan

Alec got to take a turn moving this mini robot around; he asked a lot of
questions bout HOW it worked.  

Evan taking a turn controlling a larger robot 

The boys were shown how they could watch the computer screen
to see what the larger robot was seeing.  It was explained to them how
the military uses these robots for scouting missions in places the
soldiers can't go.  

Alec's turn controlling the larger robot 

Watching two smaller robots that are programmed to follow the drawn line path 

Trying out a new app under production that builds memory skills,
 speed, accuracy and thinking skills.  

Trying to balance the block using wooden beads;
it's harder than it looks! 

building his own car 

Evan went to build his own boat.  He used tinfoil & Popsicle
sticks.  He tested it out and it held 105 pennies (both my husband and
Evan agreed that it could have held more but Evan accidentally sunk it).
Evan told me he also counted out pennies by 5's so it would go faster 

Alec testing out his car 

His completed car; with the Aunk symbol
(which means life in Ancient Egyptian)

Testing out his catapult and trying to get the mini
marshmallows in the box, bowl, or cup. 

Trying out video games made by WPI students 

Both boys loved this program so much that Evan asked where we could buy it! 

The boys got to watch a CNC milling machine at
work 

They got to open and shut the doors, hit the "on" button &
watch it cut the pattern out on the thin coin of metal.  

They each got to take what they made home for a souvenir;
we talked about atoms, neutrons, protons & electrons 
Alec stopped to watch a 3-d printer at work 

Learning about and making a cipher 

We were so happy to see and do a few different things from last year's fair.  You can read al about it here. 

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