‘About Robots’ opens Jan. 28 at Rockford’s Discovery Center

Rodney Copperbottom

Staff Report

Rockford’s Discovery Center Museum will host “About Robots: The Interactive Exhibition” Jan. 28-April 29.

Based on the 20th Century Fox animated feature of the same name, Robots depicts a world populated entirely by mechanical beings, including genius inventor Rodney Copperbottom (pictured) and his friends, the Rusties, who seek to make the world a better place through innovation and determination.

The amazing characters from Robots will introduce visitors to the wonderful, real world of robotics — an exciting and ever-expanding field of science.

Robots are becoming more and more a part of our lives. The exhibition will teach visitors how that is happening and how they might become part of the excitement.

About Robots features more than 15 interactive areas offering scientific adventures that allow visitors to enter the world of robotics and explore the “reel and real” science of robotics.

In the area Robot Explorers, visitors can use a robotic probe to explore underwater, deep space or the surface of Mars.

Visitors can take a spin on the Crosstown Express, exploring robotic vehicles, both real and fictional.

Experience firsthand how robotic arms work and other Industrial Robots that have become an invaluable part of the workforce.

Robot Round Up explores robots in daily life, allowing visitors to use remotes to control various types of robots.

Visitors can even Build-a-Wonder-Bot that performs useful functions, such as helping with daily chores.

Guests will encounter the “movie star” robots C-3PO (Star Wars), Robby the Robot (Forbidden Planet) and Gort (The Day the Earth Stood Still). Also, get a glimpse of the future of robots that will re-shape our world.

Admission for the exhibit is $2 for Discovery Center members and $11 for the public. The price includes general museum admission.

Discovery Center Museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, and can be reached at (815) 963-6769 or online at www.discoverycentermuseum.org.

From the Jan. 25-31, 2012, issue

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