MIT Museum and Workshop

The MIT Museum presents an exciting array of exhibitions and displays, providing a window into MIT's fascinating world of science and technology. In the galleries, you’ll find ongoing and changing exhibitions on science, technology, and current research ranging from architecture to underwater robots. Hands-on workshops are offered by the education staff at the Museum and are designed to inspire interest in science, technology and engineering. With two floors of exhibits, you will find many exhibits and displays of interest. Visitors from around the world are often surprised by the variety and the unique aspects of the MIT Museum, the only museum on the MIT campus.

The MIT Museum invites you to explore invention, ideas, and innovation. Through interactive exhibitions, public programs, experimental projects and its renown collections, the MIT Museum showcases the fascinating world of MIT, and inspires people of all ages about the possibilities and opportunities offered by science and technology. The mission of the MIT Museum is to engage the wider community with MIT's science, technology and other areas of scholarship in ways that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

In addition to the museum, many programs choose to add one of the MIT Museum Workshops. One of the most popular is the "Robotics Engineering: Programming" option.

Workshop – Robotics Engineering: Programming
The purpose of these activities is to help your students get the most out of the MIT Museum workshop Robotics Engineering: Programming Mindstorms. In the workshop, students will use LEGO Mindstorms and NXT- G Programming Environment to program robots to behave similarly to the vacuuming robot, the Roomba. In pairs or groups of three, students will work with one computer/robot setup (see photo below) to program the robot to move in various directions and sense when the robot is at the edge of the table. After this activity, students will have a tour of the Robots and Beyond gallery, which provides an overview of artificial intelligence research at MIT. Through the pre-lesson “What is Programming?” students will become more familiar with the process and function of programming a robot. The post-lesson activities will encourage students to build on their knowledge of robot function and design, as well as the nature of artificial intelligence.

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