TouchTomorrow activities and exhibits run from 10 AM – 4 PM on Saturday, June 8, RAIN OR SHINE.
Certain activities are timed (see below). All exhibits are free. There will be merchandise and festival foods for sale on campus.
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Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect during this year’s day-long festival:
Explore Space, Robots, and More
- Meet Captain Stephen G. Bowen, a NASA astronaut from Massachusetts who has completed three spaceflights and seven spacewalks. He will be speaking at 11am and 2:30pm. in the Campus Center Odeum.
- Come hear Lisa May talk about what it’s like to work for NASA’s Mars Exploration program at 12pm in the Campus Center Odeum.
- Richard Cournoyer ’98 is leaving his mark on Mars. Hear about it at 1pm in the Campus Center Odeum.
- Check out returning NASA favorites including the Robonaut Hand, MarcBot, Be a Bot, Marc 3 Suit, Rocker-Bogie, and the Starfish tent.
- Take a step into the future as you build and launch a virtual model of NASA’s Space System Launch rocket—the real rocket will take off in 2017 and will bring explorers as far as Mars. Check it out all day in the Sports and Rec Center.
- Experience NASA’s Lunar Quest, a simulated trek across the moon’s surface using satellite imagery—and while you’re there, walk on the moon, the Lunarscape floor.
- Rock out to a Robot Band. The band will be on the main stage a few times during the festival at 1pm and 3:30pm. Professor Scott Barton’s Music, Perception, and Robotics Lab and EMMI designed and built the robots that will be performing.
- Watch what happens to Peeps inside a real vacuum chamber.
- Make your own slime! Combine a few basic ingredients to make this unique substance that has qualities of both a liquid and a solid.
- Physics in Motion: Take part in hands-on demonstrations of cool physics phenomenon by the WPI Department of Physics.
- Play Pop fly, the football game with a twist. Take a ping pong ball, paint stirrers, a wooden spool, and tape. Add your foot and ready, set, launch!
- Discover an enlightening and delicious way to explore numbers with M&M® Math.
- Learn about the lifecycle of a star, craft your own flying devices at the paper airplane station, and design a device to protect a water balloon brain.
- Challenge your peers to see how long you can keep a specially designed bubble in the air.
Get your hands on innovative research from WPI
- Meet Archie, a PR2 (personal robot) that is spurring advances in human-robot collaboration and the use of robots in manufacturing in the Autonomous Robotic Collaboration (ARC) Lab in Fuller Labs. You’ll also see Baxter, WPI’s cool new research robot.
- Aerodynamics…in Action: Participate in a live demonstration of a wind tunnel in action and stick your hand into a 100 mile per hour breeze. You’ll learn all about the generation of lift forces on airfoils. Admission limited. Demonstrations will take place in the Discovery Classroom, Higgins Lab Room 218, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
- Learn about exciting developments from WPI’s Robotics Engineering Program and see student project work, including mobile robots, intelligent autonomous ground vehicles, and a wheelchair guided by brainwaves, in Atwater Kent Labs. You can also tour the robotics education labs.
- Be a Citizen Scientist. Learn how to test soil for worms and discover why some people love cilantro and others don’t – all inside Goddard Hall.
- Biomechanics Demonstrations: Learn what makes bones strong—and see how they break in this interactive demonstration of biomedical engineering. Demonstrations in Goddard Hall, Room 206, at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
- How Engineer’s Keep Things Cool in Space: Tour the Multi-Scale Heat Transfer Lab (Higgins Labs, Room 248) and learn about technology WPI researchers are developing to help satellites maintain a safe temperature in orbit. Admission is limited. Tours at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.
- Check out medical robots at the Automation and Interventional Medicine (AIM) Lab in Higgins Labs, including a robotic penguin used in therapy for autistic children, a rehabilitation glove for people recovering from strokes, and a robotic arm assistance device.
- Tour the Assistance Technology Lab, where students and professors will be demoing research devices created to assist people with disabilities.
- Interact with Advanced Manufacturing Technology, including amazing computer-numeric-controlled (CNC) machine tools, and see WPI student engineering design projects in WPI’s Haas Technical Education Center, located in the Washburn Shops.
- Visit the WPI Aerospace Engineering tent out on the Quad to see the student-designed micro-aircraft that recently won a national competition.
- Step into Olin Hall and view a Science Film Festival – Bazinga!
- Learn about human robot interaction, control a personal robot, and see colorful data analytics in Fuller labs.
- Drop in at the Interactive Media and Game Development labs in Fuller Labs to play student-designed video games, watch game trailers, and view student animations.
Engage with local and national exhibitors
- Coastal Studies for Girls
- The Discovery Museums
- FIRST Burncoat Green Reapers robotics team
- iRobot Corporation
- Maine Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy
- The Museum of Science will present “Super-Cold Science” on the main stage at 11:30am and 2pm.
- National Grid
- New England Air Museum
- Science from Scientists
- VEX Robotics, Inc.
- VEX Worcester Tech team
Photographs and videos will be taken throughout the event for use in future WPI’s publications, websites, or communications for purposes of promoting the organization and its mission. By coming to this event you are granting full permission to WPI to use a photo which might include you in it as an event participant. We will not be linking participant names to the photos in any publications.
WPI works diligently to assure the safety and welfare of our guests. At TouchTomorrow, our security personnel will conduct random checks of camera bags, backpacks, and other large items during the festival. We appreciate your understanding as we undertake this security measure.