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June 10, 2017 10AM - 4PM
at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WPI Research Exhibits

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WPI Research Exhibits, Tours, and Activities

Please note that some activities occur at scheduled times and some will require advanced registration on June 11 as there will be limited seating. Please download the TouchTomorrow app for more information about how to sign up.

Alden Memorial

  • Music Perception and Robotics: Learn how we perceive sound and music with the help of a robot band. Demonstrations continuously; Performances at 11, 1, 2, 3 | Janet Earle Room

Atwater Kent Laboratories

  • The Unconventional World of Soft Robotics: Explore flexible, deformable robots, and how they may play a role in everything from search-and-rescue to robotic surgery.
  • 3-D Magic of Biomolecules: See how the structure of biomolecules affects the functions in our cells and in disease formation. Shows at 12, 3 | Newell Hall (Room 116)
  • Robotics Engineering Lab Tour: Try driving a telepresence robot, watch line-following robots, and see a 3-D printing demo.
  • RasLabs—Bringing Motion to Life: Learn about Synthetic Muscles, electroactive polymer-based materials and actuators that are now being tested on the International Space Station!

Rubin Campus Center

  • ASSISTments: Demo a nationally recognized intelligent tutoring system.
  • Building Tomorrow: Learn about a zero-net-energy house designed by WPI students. See how tall buildings react to earthquakes. Manipulate the landscape with the augmented-reality sandbox. Build spaghetti bridges and test them for structural stability. Learn about bio-inspired materials. Watch water drops fall in slow motion with a high-speed camera. And more!
  • Make a Splash!: Build a boat from LEGOs and find out what makes it float, or sink. See how many times you can toss a water balloon before it breaks.

Discovery Row

  • Physics in Motion: Discover centrifugal force, angular momentum, and physical phenomena.
  • Bio-Inspired Robots: Engage with students as they demo a tele-operated brace that uses hydro-muscles. Visit with the hydro-dog and a robotic kangaroo.
  • Meet WARNER: Take a selfie with WARNER, WPI’s own famous humanoid robot that can aid in natural disasters.
  • DIY Autonomous and Connected Vehicles: Chat with student teams to find out how they transformed a golf cart into a test bed for research on autonomous and connected vehicles.

Fuller Laboratories

  • Play Student-Designed Computer Games: Try your hand at real games developed by students in WPI’s Interactive and Media Game Development program.
  • Watch Student-Directed Animations and Game Trailers: Slow down for a peek at animations and computer game trailers made by WPI students.

Gateway Park – 85 Prescott Street

  • Surgical and Assistive Robotics: Explore robots that are designed to work inside MRI scanners. Try out the Da Vinci surgical robotics system. Learn about an assistive device that aids stroke victims and see a robotic penguin that is used in therapy.
  • ARC Lab: Meet Baxter and Archie, humanoid robots who are used in research on motion planning and human-robot collaboration.

Gateway Park – 50 Prescott Street

  • Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center Tour: In a fairly technical tour aimed at high school age and above, peek inside to what biomanufacturing is all about. Sign up required (in lobby). Space is limited to 10. Starting at 11, 12, 1, 2, 3
  • Fire Protection Engineering Lab Tour: Tour the only state-of-the-art fire research lab located at a university; equipped to produce research from bench scale to large test burns. Sign up required (in lobby). Space is limited to 25. Starting at 11, 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30

Goddard Hall

  • Up Close with Cancer Cells: Learn all about what makes cancer cells different from other cells.
  • Experience Biochemistry—Glowing Reactions: In this 45-minute interactive lab activity you will create your own light-generating reaction using chemicals that makes fireflies glow. Sign-up required. Space is limited. Offered at 11, 12, 1, 2, 3 | Room 104
  • Experience Chemistry—Make a Raspberry-Flavored Solar Cell: In this 45-minute interactive lab activity you will build a dye-sensitized photovoltaic cell. Sign-up required. Space is limited. Offered at 11, 12, 1, 2, 3 | Room 110
  • It’s In Your DNA!: Learn about how your genes make you “you” as you assemble your own trait bracelet, extract DNA from strawberries, and see how jelly fish genes can make worms glow.
  • DNA and Phenotype in the Roundworm: See what physical phenotypes you can decipher from Caenorhabditis elegans, a roundworm widely used in biological research.
  • Microfluidics and Biomedical Engineering: Moving, mixing, separating, or processing very small volumes of fluids can teach you about a number of biomedical applications.

Higgins Laboratories

  • Learn About Assistive Technology: Explore technological solutions WPI students have developed for people with disabilities.
  • Keeping Things Cool in Space: Discover NASA-funded research on two-phase heat transport systems that the lab is developing and testing for cooling satellites and spacecraft. Space is limited. Tours every hour on the hour | Room 248

Olin Hall

  • A Virtual Tour of the Universe: Come along for a 40-minute journey from Earth to the edges of the known universe. Shows for all ages at 10, 1, 3. Shows geared to younger ages at 11, 2 | Room 107

Salisbury Labs

  • Graspable Math: Learn about an innovative way of teaching math to children that taps into our natural abilities to manipulate objects.
  • Animation Festival: Watch a series of fun, short visualizations made by students to explain STEM concepts.

Sports and Rec Center

  • Spark Your Imagination: Meet Sparky Junior, a small Van de Graaff generator that will make your hair stand on end.

Washburn Shops

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology: Visit the HAAS Technical Education Center to learn how CNC’s, laser cutters, and 3-D printers work.
  • Living in Our Materials World: Explore crystal structure and materials properties like ductility and brittleness with demos by materials science and engineering students. Demos offered at 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12 | Room 113