Concierge Favorite Museum of Science and Industry is always on the forefront of technology, and this week you’ll get a peak at the future with National Robotics Week.
Get a look at the impressive robots that Chicago-area high school and university students have created along with robots from technology companies that feel futuristic. Presentations, lectures from top robotic scholars, and competitions fill up National Robotics Week at the Museum of Science and Industry.
All week you’ll get to interact with state-of-the-art robots. You can catch FESTO’s Aquajelly, which not only looks and act like a jellyfish but is completely autonomous and works together with other Aquajelly using short-wave radio signals. Some of the robots that were featured at the Museum of Science and Industry’s “Robot Revolution” exhibit will be on hand like the cute, humanoid ROBOTIS MINI. You’ll likely run into the Double, a telepresence robot that looks like a tablet on wheels, that helps demonstrate how you can be present in an environment while not actually being there—as seen in the recent season finale of “Modern Family.” If you’ve seen the Netflix series “Masters of None” you’ll also notice PARO, the robotic baby harp seal that is used as a therapy tool as it responds to voice and touch. Finally, if you want to get your “Star Wars” fix then try out Sphero the small robot reminiscent of the beloved BB-8.
The week ends with Botball Championship where teams of middle school and high school students compete to see who builds the best autonomous robots by completing a set of obstacles and challenges.
National Robotics Week runs until April 10 at the Museum of Science and Industry located at 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. The event is included with the price of admission. For a full schedule and more information visit msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/events/national-robotics-week.