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

Rain or Shine!
Free and open
to the public.

The Festival

Our Media Partner, WGBH Education/PBS Learning Media is bringing so much hands-on, family-oriented fun stuff from the brands you know and love…

  • NOVA Education will have cool apps and virtual reality resources…PLUS you can check out the new series NOVA Wonders in the Bartlett Center Theater.
  • PLUM Landing will have new games and apps that encourage kids to get outdoors and explore science in the natural world!
  • PBS Learning media will have fun activities for elementary students.
  • WGBH Director of STEM Education in the Bartlett Center Theater to learn about upcoming space events, and learn with is going on with the Earth’s moon, stars, planets, meteors and more!
  • DESIGN SQUAD CHALLENGE.  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!  Teams will be challenged 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:

Innovators at Work…

Faculty and current students open up their research labs around campus and share their innovations and discoveries–with you. Accessible for kids of all ages, but of particular interest to middle- and high-schoolers. Come see what it’s like to be a student at WPI. Labs will open up in:

  • Biology and Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Interactive Media and Game Development
  • Learning Sciences and Technologies
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Robotics Engineering

A sampling of activities for middle- and high-schoolers inside the research labs:

  • Try on a wearable exo-musculature robot for rehabilitation and augmentation—as well as interact with a robotic bird, dog and maybe even a kangaroo!
  • See the computerized numerical control (CNC) machines and other advanced manufacturing technology in action and manufacture you own souvenir with a CNC machine or laser cutter.
  • Demo video games developed by students in the gaming lab.
  • Learn how wearable computers can help kids learn math skills.

WPI Invites Younger Scientists to…

  • Find out more about non-Newtonian fluids by mixing up some slime.
  • Discover how the design of a rocket will affect its performance by making and testing a Soda Straw Rocket.
  • Design a boat that can bear weight and float on the water.
  • Create a geodesic dome.
  • Build a kaleidoscope and explore how light waves can change the image being viewed.
  • Explore electrical circuits… or learn how medicine is absorbed by the body.

Engage with Local and National Partners…  

  • Many local and national organizations are coming to TouchTomorrow and bringing interactive, fun exhibits for kids of all ages to enjoy. See who’s coming.

Make a day of it…

Download the event app in your app store by searching “WPI TouchTomorrow”. Food and beverages will be sold at multiple locations including BBQ favorites on the Quad, lunch WPI student-style in the Morgan Dining Hall, and food trucks at Gateway Park.


Photography and Video

Photographs and videos will be taken throughout the event for use in future WPI and WGBH publications, websites, or communications for purposes of promoting TouchTomorrow and K-12 STEM Education. By coming to this event you are granting full permission to WPI and WGBH 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.

Campus Police Safety Message

The WPI Police Department is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable TouchTomorrow festival for all guests, volunteers, and members of the campus community.

WPI Police has developed a comprehensive safety and security plan to accomplish this goal. Some of these measures will be visible to attendees, while others will not.

Security personnel will be conducting random checks of camera bags, backpacks, and other large items.

Attendees are reminded to keep possessions on their person at all times. Unattended packages will be examined by security personnel, removed from the venue, and secured at the WPI Police Department located in the lower level of Founders Hall, 26 Boynton Street.

Weapons and alcohol are prohibited on all WPI properties.

Anyone who observes anything suspicious should immediately contact Campus Police at 508-831-5555.

Thank you to all attendees for your cooperation!

Updated June 1, 2018