Opening Celebration: Human Plus Lots of Hands-on STEM Exploration
SPRINGFIELD (MA)—Is controlling technology with your mind really possible? There’s a unique field of engineering you may not know about . . . and it’s helping people achieve their dreams by restoring and extending their abilities. Beginning January 27, 2018, the Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering exhibit at the Springfield Museums invites you to explore the possibilities: from understanding how thoughts can control a neuro-prosthetic limb, to racing a simulated mono-ski. If you can join the Museums on the opening day of the exhibit, a rich variety of hands-on STEM programing will make the visit even more interactive.
Fully interactive, Human Plus offers visitors a chance to explore and create a range of low- and high-tech tools that extend the abilities of the human body! Visitors can ride a mono-ski in a simulated ski race, control a DJ station using the wheels of a wheelchair, “feel” the music with a special touch panel, engineer solutions to unique design challenges and even discover how someone can control a neuroprosthetic limb with their thoughts!
Human Plus also showcases compelling stories from a unique field of engineering that helps people carry out their day-to-day routines, as well as realize their lifelong dreams. Visitors can explore the dynamic, creative, user-focused engineering processes that help improve people’s lives.
Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering
January 27, 2018–May 6, 2018
Springfield Science Museum
Created by the New York Hall of Science in partnership with OMSI and the Quality of Life Technology Center with funding from the National Science Foundation.
Sponsored by United Bank; Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield, MA; and Springfield Technical Community College.
The Saturday, January 27, opening of the Human Plus exhibit gives us all an opportunity for even more family fun! A variety of activities facilitated by Museums educators and guests are planned throughout the day. Please join us.
Noon to 3 pm: Playful Engineers: Traveling MakerSpace
Teaching artist Jay Mankita leads this workshop in which kids and families use materials such as dominoes, ping pong balls, tracks, wooden planks, and cardboard tubes, to build, test, and improve their own “Rube Goldberg Machines.” Things will be knocked over (domino walls and rallies), exploded (popsicle stick cobras), spun around (archimedes screws and screwball time delay fantasticators), and moved up and down (pulleys and ramps), while participants connect goofy play and serious engineering science. Totally hands-on fun.
Jay has presented programs and workshops in over 2,000 schools, libraries, museums, and other venues throughout the Northeast for 30 years. Already well-known as a songwriter, touring musician, and recording artist, he has more recently developed and presented workshops based on his passionate interest in mechanical engineering and experiential science, putting his well-honed presentation skills, and humorous approach to work in the cause of STEM education.
11 am to 3 pm: Coding for All Ages with Bee-Bots
Bee-Bots are an exciting little robot designed for use by all ages! These colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robots are a perfect tool for teaching simple coding! Join one of our friendly museum educators to play with Bee-Bots and learn how technology can be important for human health.
1 pm to 2 pm Little Humans Sing-a-Long
Join us for some toe-tappin’, finger snappin’, ticklin’ your-funny-bone tunes! Get up, move, and groove in the Springfield Science Museum.
11 am to 3 pm Take a Look Inside
Explore different systems in the human body. Map out the skeletal system using x-rays, see how long a long intestine really is, and learn about the inner workings of the human body.
11 am to 2 pm Family Science Adventures
Find the Roving Scientist and discover the wonders of Science through activities and demonstrations.
Noon to 4 pm Art Discovery Center, Smith Art Museum, second floor
Trace Chinese characters, try on costumes, play gallery games, peek under lift-up panels on the Wall of Symbols to discover the meaning behind Asian motifs, put on a puppet show, and make an art project.