TouchTomorrow

June 8, 2019 10AM - 4PM
at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Rain or Shine!
Free and open
to the public.

Exhibitors

Activities and locations are subject to change. For detailed information about exhibits and activities, specific locations, and to create your schedule, download the TouchTomorrow app!

updated May 26, 2018

Download the 2018 event map to plan your day!

Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. – Aldrich Helps You Explore the Solar System & Beyond!
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Space, Technology
Ages: All Ages

Description: Aldrich display tables will showcase a 3D Curiosity Rover, a collection of meteorites & tektites, Lunar and Mars Soil Simulant, an introduction to Newton’s Laws using Alka Seltzer Rockets & Screaming Rocket Balloons, Telescope & Astrophotography Displays, LED Lighting & Fiber Optic Displays and our always popular UV sensing beads! We will offer handouts for the public and STEM materials for scout leaders, teachers and home schoolers who stop by!  Find out about our Library Telescope Program too!

http://aldrich.club
ArtReach – S.T.E.A.M. Reach Science Learning
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Engineering, Math, Science, Technology
Ages: All Ages

Description: Creating an Ozobot city using the elements of S.T.E.A.M. Learning.

www.artreachstudioafs.com

 

Bancroft School
Location:  Alden Memorial – Great Hall
Categories:  Robotics
Ages: All Ages

Description: Come meet the Robodogs and have a chance to drive their award winning robots.

www.bancroftschool.org

 

BlocksCAD – Coding, 3D Design & Math
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Coding, 3D Printing
Ages: Grade 6 and up

Description: BlocksCAD is a 3D modeling tool that supports Math, Coding and Design learning in a fun and easy to use way.  The tool combines the intuitive nature of blocks-based coding with the tangible world of 3D printing and the virtual environment of AR. Try it out, you’ll love it!

https://www.blockscad3d.com/

 

Boston Scientific – Doctor for a Day
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Robotics, Science
Ages: All Ages

Description: Visitors will get a chance to explore the human body and play with medical devices used to treat patients around the world!

http://www.bostonscientific.com

 

Burncoat Robotics
Location:  Alden Memorial – Great Hall
Categories:  Robotics
Ages: All Ages

Description: Operate a couple of large robots that might shoot frisbees or balls into a target. Play with LEGOs and program a LEGO robot to accomplish simple tasks. You also get to Learn about robotics programs for grade school including FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Robotics Competition.

 

Circuit Lab – Circuit Lab’s Interactive Circuitry Station
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Math, Enginering, Science, Technology
Ages: Grade K-8

Description: Circuit Lab offers electronics and computer programming classes to K-8 students throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Come see what our innovative programs are all about, learn about upcoming class locations, and play with our interactive demonstration projects!

www.circuit-lab.com

 

c-Link Systems, Inc. – Working Construction Robot
Location:  Quadrangle
Categories:  Robotics
Ages: Grade 6 and up

Description: Robotic arm used to stack blocks being run in manual control.

www.c-linksystems.com

 

Converge Theatre Project (Watertown Children’s Theatre & Boston College Lynch School of Education) – Science-Theatre for Middle Schoolers: Staged Readings of Two Plays by the Converge Theatre Project
Location:  Higgins Laboratories
Categories:  Science
Ages: Grade 6 and up

Description: Join us for a day at the theatre! We will will be hosting staged-readings of our two science-theatre plays for middle-school audiences. Actors will be readings the scripts of these two new science-theatre plays aloud, and they – along with the science-education research team behind the Converge Theatre Project – will host a post-show conversation about the creation of these science-theatre plays, the mission of the Converge Theatre Project, and why seeing science onstage matters.

Scheduled Show Times:  10:45 – 11:30; 11:45 – 12:30; 12:45 – 1:30; 1:45 – 2:30; 2:45 – 3:30

http://iuse.bc.edu/convergetheaterproject/

 

David Clark Company Incorporated – The Red Bull Stratos Suit on Display
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Technology, Engineering
Ages: All Ages

Description: David Clark Company Inc. is the world leader in headsets for military, marine and general aviation and specializes in communication solutions for any high-noise environment. Our Worcester, MA facility has been manufacturing headsets and communication systems for over half a century. Pilots, both civilian and military, fire departments, coastal interdiction personnel, NASA, and many other government customers are very familiar with the high quality, durability, and serviceability of our products.

http://www.davidclarkcompany.com/

 

Discovery Museum – Hands-on Discovery for Families
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Science
Ages: Grade K-5

Description: Discovery Museum of Acton, MA brings hands-on science activities mirroring those found within the museum. Explore sound with tuning forks and “washer falls.” Play with a magnetic pendulum and exercise your brain with optical illusions. Adults and children can work together with these fun, table-top STEM based activities and more.

http://discoveryacton.org

 

EcoTarium
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Space
Ages: All Ages

Description: What is more exciting than exploring the planets and stars in a rocket ship even if it’s only in our imaginations? Come and create your own stomp rocket and see how high you can make your rocket fly!

www.ecotarium.org

 

Engineers Without Borders, WPI Chapter – Make Your Own Rain Gauge
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Engineering
Ages: Grade K-8

Description: Join WPI’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter to learn about the project in Ecuador and make a rain gauge!

https://www.facebook.com/ewbusawpi/

 

Fay School – Circuitry & Fay School
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Engineering,Technology
Ages: All Ages

Description: Students at the Fay School have worked with circuits in various ways this year. Come see circuit boards and projects made by our oldest students and some paper circuitry work made by our younger students, talk to us about circuits, and play with a “Makey Makey!” Come test weird things for conductivity and play some games with us!

www.fayschool.org

 

FIRST Robotics Team 1100
Location:  Alden Memorial – Great Hall
Categories:  Robotics
Ages: All Ages

Description: FIRST Team 1100, “The T-Hawks” from Algonquin Regional High School in Northboro, MA is a robotics team for high school students. The Vision of FIRST is: “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”

Team 1100’s interactive exhibit will have robots! Participants can take control of our robot to launch balls and feel the excitement of FIRST Robotics.

http://team1100.org/

 

FIRST Team 1058 – PVC Pirates
Location:  Alden Memorial – Great Hall
Categories:  Robotics
Ages: All ages

Description: FRC Team 1058, The PVC Pirates, is a robotics team from Londonderry High School in Londonderry NH. They will be demonstrating their 2017 robot Wingin It. Team 1058 brought this robot to the world championship in St. Louis and won the Archimedes Division. This robot shoots large wiffle balls that people of all ages will be able to catch. People of all ages are welcome to come catch wiffle balls, talk to the team about the robot and FIRST program.

 

General Electric – Engineering Design Challenge with GE
Location:  Rubin Campus Center – Hagglund Room
Categories:  Engineering
Ages: All Ages

Description: Work with engineers from General Electric to complete an engineering design challenge.  Put the Engineering Method to use by analyzing a problem, constructing a prototype solution, testing your solution, and evaluating your results so that you can learn and iterate on your design.  Challenge is open to all ages!

www.ge.com

 

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts – Solo Science
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Engineering
Ages: Grade K-8

Description: Come check out Girls Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts and take the SOLO challenge to learn about engineering and gravity.

www.gscm.org

 

Imagination Playground
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Ages: Grade K-5

Description: Let your chlid’s imagination go wild with Imagination Playground, a mobile play system made up of big blue blocks in all kinds of fun sizes. Watch them make objects such as animals, rocket ships, robots, houses and even cities!

www.ecotarium.org

 

iRobot – Cool and Practical Robots
Location:  Quadrangle
Categories:  Robotics
Ages: All Ages

Description: iRobot designs and builds robots that empower people to do more. The company’s home robots help people find smarter ways to clean and do more in their daily lives. iRobot’s STEM program is a resource for students, parents and educators to share in the excitement of the robotics industry. Learn about the many career paths available when you study engineering. Come see how the robots work, the engineering science behind the robot and get a chance to interact with the robots up close and personal.

www.irobot.com

 

Littleton Robotics – FIRST Robotics Competition Team 6328 – Mechanical Advantage
Location:  Alden Memorial – Great Hall
Categories:  Robotics
Ages: Grade 6 and up

Description: Demonstration of FIRST Lego League and Robotics Competition robots from Littleton Robotics, a community-based non-profit organization focused on bringing hands-on engineering experience to middle and high school students.

www.littletonrobotics.org

 

LRIG-New England
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Science
Ages: Adult

Description: TouchTomorrow is brought to you in part through the generosity of LRIG. Learn about LRIG-New England, it’s members and mission.

http://new-england.lrig.org/

 

MA Army National Guard – STEM Robotics Seminar Demonstration
Location:  Gateway Park – North Surface Parking Lot
Categories:  Engineering, Math, Robotics, Science, Technology
Ages: Grade 9 and up

Description: The event challenges competitors to engineer a robot which can navigate a unique obstacle course in order to remove a simulated piece of ordnance within a specified time. Recognizing that no two districts or curricula are identical, we designed this set to be usable by any sized group with any possible time considerations. Participants receive a certificate from the Homeland Security Institute and MA National Guard.

WWW.NATIONALGUARD.COM/MA

 

MA State Police
Location:  Quadrangle
Categories:  Robots
Ages: All Ages

Description: Interact with the State Police K9 Unit and see explosive detection and disposal robots up close and personal.
Mars Foundation – Live and Build on Mars
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Space, 3D Printing
Ages: All Ages

Description: Build a House on Mars.  How to live and build a small settlement on Mars, using local materials, such as  dirt and air.  Also, make plastics on Mars to 3D printing the furnishings inside your house and greenhouse.

www.MarsFoundation.org

 

Mass Academy of Math and Science at WPI – Take Flight with Mass Academy of Math and Science
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Engineering, Math, Science
Ages: Grade 6 and up

Description: Build paper helicopters, straw rockets and learn about the physics of flight with the students of the Mass Academy of Math and Science at WPI (and maybe even meet and drive out robot) ! We are a public high school of excellence for academically accelerated MA juniors and seniors, providing an enriching educational opportunity that emphasize math and science in a comprehensive and interactive academic environment. Meet our students and faculty, and learn about our school and summer programs.

www.massacademy.org

 

Mass. Digital Games Institute – Meet MassDiGI, play our games and have a blast!
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Technology, Game Development
Ages: All Ages

Description: Drop by MassDiGI’s table and demo our latest early-stage games and meet the interns who are making them! MassDiGI, a statewide center for game development based at Becker College in Worcester, offers dozens of college and university students from around the world the opportunity to build  games every summer and this is your chance to be one of the first to test them!

www.massdigi.org

 

Massachusetts 4-H Youth Development Program
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Coding
Ages: Grade K-8

Description: Our 2018 Summer of Science theme is “Animals and Apps”. Along with information on 4-H there will be hands on activities focused around computer science and coding this year. Stop by and learn about upcoming programs and fairs and if you were in 4-H we would love you to pop on by.

http://mass4h.org

 

MathWorks
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Engineering
Ages: Grade 9 and up

Description: Learn about MATLAB and Simulink which are tools used to analyze and design systems in colleges and in the industry. Get information and resources to get involved with programs for primary and secondary schools.

www.MathWorks.com

 

Mohegan Council BSA – The Need for Speed, Physics in Motion, Scouting STEM!
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Physics
Ages: Grade K-8

Description: Do you have a need for speed, and want to understand some of the physics that make it?  1. Our booth is a perfect place to do experiments, on a track set up with adjustable cars. Where you will be able to make tuning adjustments and then be able to do timed runs on the track to see the impact on the changes and the performance of the car.  2. The fabrication of a take-home vehicle. Our booth will also have Scout recruiting information and information and display about our STEM-Nova program.

http://www.mohegancouncilbsa.org/

 

Northeastern Engineering World Health – Build Your Own Microscope
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Bioengineering
Ages: Grade 6 and up

Description: Learn about portable microscopes used for low-resource medicine by building your own microscope. Then test your microscopy skills with a matching game!

www.facebook.com/ewh.northeastern

 

NSRDEC
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center

https://www.nsrdec.army.mil/#/

 

Oobleck
Location:  Quadrangle
Ages: All ages

Description: This demo consists of Oobleck which is placed on vibrating surfaces of powerful speakers. It behaves oddly and creates amusing shapes. Oobleck is a non Newtonian fluid which is made out of starch and water.

 

Petricore, Inc. – Game Development in Worcester
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Coding, Game Development
Ages: Grade 6 and up

Description: Petricore is a game development studio located right here in Worcester! They’ve released multiple mobile games which have been downloaded over 750,000 times collectively. Come learn more about how games are made from the art to the coding and everything in between, as well as play-test their latest game!

www.petricoregames.com

 

Project GUST – Color Changing Slime!
Location:  Sports & Recreation Center
Categories:  Chemistry, Science
Ages: Grade K-8

Description: Project GUST (Girls Unlocking Science & Technology) is devoted to sparking young girls’ interests in STEM.

Thermochromism is the property of substances to change color because of a change in temperature. You’ve probably seen it in action with mood rings or some thermometers. Everyone is welcome to come make their own heat-sensitive, color changing slime, and learn a bit about thermochromic materials in the process!

 

Quingsigamond Community College – QCC’s STEM Programs
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Science, Technology
Ages: Grade 6 and up

Description: Explore QCC’s STEM programs and cool science and technology demos.

 

Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
The REC Foundation Presents the VEX IQ Challenge & VEX Robotics Competition
Location:  Alden Memorial – Great Hall
Categories:  Coding, Engineering, Math, Robotics, Science, Technology
Ages: Grade 5 and up

Description: The REC Foundation offers students a chance to engage in hands-on robotics engineering through the VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U. Students work in teams to design, build, and program a robot for competition. At TouchTomorrow, attendees will be able to drive and direct robots to play in the VEX IQ Challenge, learn how to start a team, and speak to staff about the programs. Learn more at RoboticsEducation.org.

www.roboticseducation.org

 

Saint John’s High School Pioneer Robotics FTC Team 12589
Location:  Alden Memorial – Great Hall
Categories:  Engineering, Robotics
Ages: All Ages

Description: Touch the Future with FTC Robotics!  Control a robot as it completes tasks of varying difficulty.  Turn “Gameboy” commands into real motion through the use of smartphones, programming, nuts, bolts, and some elbow grease.

https://www.stjohnshigh.org/page

 

Seres Therapeutics – Leading the Microbiome Revolution – Seres Therapeutics
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Biotechnology
Ages: All Ages

Description: Ever wonder what’s going on in your gut? What’s the scoop with your poop? The microbiome is a collection of microorganisms in your body, and Seres Therapeutics is leading the microbiome revolution! Seres is creating a new wave of medicines with a novel approach – aiming to restore a balance of good bacteria in the gut for treatment of infectious diseases, inflammatory bowel diseases and within immuno-oncology! Come visit the Seres booth to learn more!

http://www.serestherapeutics.com/

 

STEM Beginnings LLC – Spinning Around with STEM
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Enginering, Math, Physics, Science, Technology
Ages: Grade K-5

Description: Children will go topsy-turvy as they learn about Spin Physics and try different activities like Spin art, Spin wheel, and test out different kinds of things that spin!  STEM is Fun!

www.stembeginnings.com

 

Technocopia – Maker Space
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Technology
Ages: Grade 6 and up

Description: Technocopia is a membership based tool share located in downtown Worcester.  We have work space, rental bays, and a variety of tools for artisans to create and work with. We also host training classes and workshops which make use of our shared work areas including: a complete wood shop; classroom and computer lab; 3d printer station; digital fabrication shop, including a CNC mill and laser cutter; flameworking shop; sewing station; and metal shop! Come do some hands on activities at our table!

www.Technocopia.org

 

ThermoFisher Scientific Inc. – Thermo Scientific™ microPHAZIR™ RX Analyzer Demonstration
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Engineering, Science, Technology
Ages: Grade 6 and up

Description: Demonstration of NIR spectroscopy out of the laboratory. Raw material identification has tremendous impact on customer safety and speed and cost of production. With the Thermo Scientific microPHAZIR RX Analyzer, manufacturers can obtain reliable material identity verification on-site within seconds. The microPHAZIR RX Analyzer is a portable, handheld tool.

https://www.thermofisher.com

 

Toysinbox 3D Printing – Fun with 3D Printing & 3D Scanning
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  3D Printing
Ages: All Ages

Description: Come to try out the 3D printers to print a small cute 3D object that you can take home. If time permits, try our 3D photo booth and see yourself in 3D  on a computer screen.  We will have fun, cute and cool 3D prints on display. You can examine and play with them. We will explain how we made them.

http://www.toysinbox3dprinting.com

 

Worcester Art Museum
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Ages: All Ages

Description: An informational display of materials from the Worcester Art Museum including art classes, up coming exhibitions and public programming. Will have interactive coloring sheets, take away items as well as hands-on medieval armor pieces.

www.worcesterart.org

 

Worcester Bravehearts – The Science Behind Baseball
Location:  Discovery Crossing
Category: Physics
Ages: All Ages

Description: Learn the science behind how fast a baseball travels.  Test your arm speed with the Worcester Bravehearts and a major league baseball radar gun and see if you are ready for the big leagues! You might even win tickets to a Bravehearts game!

Scheduled Time: 12:00 – 2:00

www.worcesterbravehearts.com

 

Worcester Fire Department
Location:  Gateway Park – North Surface Parking Lot
Categories: 
Technology
Ages:  All Ages

Description: The Worcester Fire Department will be guiding guests through a hands-on presentation of the tools they use every day.  These tools include thermal imaging cameras, Pak Tracker and the IPADS used on the apparatus to track calls and call locations.  The demonstrations will be interactive allowing visitors to experience the technology firefighters use in their daily tasks.

 

Worcester Historical Museum
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Space
Ages: All Ages

Description: Come learn about Worcester’s connection to the space race and more fun facts about the city and home to WPI.

www.worcesterhistory.org

 

Worcester Public Library – Code with Ozobots
Location:  Sports & Recreational Center
Categories:  Coding, Robotics
Ages: All Ages

Description: Play with Ozobots, the robots that follow color! Code them to get through our mazes, which range in difficulty, or even draw your own maze. Presented by Worcester Public Librarians.

www.mywpl.org
WPI Alumni Hospitality Tent
Location:  Quadrangle
Ages: All Ages

Description: WPI Alumni stop by to grab a snack, water, a little swag, and conversation with members of the WPI Alumni team.

https://www.wpi.edu/alumni

 

WPI Gordon Library – A Peak Inside Planets
Location:  Gordon Library
Categories:  Space
Ages: Grade K-5

Description: The Gordon Library will host an exhibit where children are able to create the inside core and outside crust of their favorite planet as well as learn planet facts through flip charts and color graffiti boards.

https://www.wpi.edu/library

 

WTS BostonTransportation YOU – Paper Tower Challenge
Location:  Sports & Rec
Categories:  Engineering
Ages: Grade 6 and up

Description: Think like a structural engineer! Build the tallest free-standing tower using only one sheet of paper and tape, and learn about key structural design concepts.

http://www.wtsinternational.org/boston/documents/transportati/

 

WGBH – NOVA Education
Location:  Bartlett Center
Ages: Grade 6-16

Description: Come check out cool apps, virtual reality resources!  In the Bartlett Theater check out the new series NOVA Wonders!

https://www.wgbh.org/nova

 

WGBH – PLUM Landing
Location:  Bartlett Center
Ages: Grade 3-5

Description: Check out new games and apps that encourage kids and their families to get outdoors and explore science in the natural world!

http://pbskids.org/plumlanding

 

WGBH – PBS Learning Media
Location:  Bartlett Center
Ages: Grade K-3

Description: STEM activities for elementary students from PBS’s free website, pbslearningmedia.org/student.

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org

 

WGBH – Flight Test
Location:  Bartlett Center
Ages: Grade 5-8

Description: Can you make an efficient flying device? Try your hand at building a plane using a spoon and paper and race it down our zip line. Test your design for wind resistance to get the maximum amount of speed! Can you beat your own best time?

http://pbskids.org/designsquad

 

WGBH – Safe Landing
Location:  Bartlett Center
Ages: Grade 5-8

Description: Your challenge is to build a device that can protect a container dropped from the sky! Using cardboard, a cup, and a plastic bag build a machine that could be used for air dropping materials. Test your design with a ping pong ball, can you make a safe landing?

http://pbskids.org/designsquad

 

WGBH – Pop Fly
Location:  Bartlett Center
Ages: Grade 5-8

Description: Build a device that can launch a ball into the air! Using paint stirrers and a wooden spool try to build a catapult that can send a ball flying. Can you build a lever that can get a ball to hit one of our targets?

http://pbskids.org/designsquad

 

WGBH – Design Squad CHALLENGE!
Location:  Bartlett Center
Ages: Grade 5-8

Description: Submit your middle-school age engineering team (2 to 6 people per team) for a hands-on engineering challenge with PBS KIDS Design Squad Global!  We are challenging teams to build their own Wind Turbines that can lift heavy objects! Challenge materials will be supplied, but we suggest researching designs of different Wind Turbines to prep. You will have 50 minutes to build and test your creation.  You can register your team online at: http://bit.ly/DesignChallengeSignUpGeneral

Scheduled Challenge Times:  11:00 and 2:00

https://www.wgbh.org/

 

WGBH – Space Events
Location:  Bartlett Center Theater
Ages: All Ages

Description: Join WGBH Director of STEM Education Rachel Connolly for an exciting presentation on Upcoming Space Events to Explore with Your Family. Rachel will cover what is going on with the Earth’s moon, stars, planets, meteors, and NASA events in the coming year. Take home a Star Map and a guide to encourage your family to look up at space!

Scheduled Show Times:  12:00, 1:00 and 2:00

https://www.wgbh.org