Robots come to life

Learn their history and see them in action at this exhibit


 
 
 Robots, robots and more robots. This is exactly what I saw when I walked into the Museum of Science and Industry’s "Robots Like Us" exhibit. It displays more than 200 robots from the Robert Lesser collection, and you are greeted by the 7-foot Robby the Robot, who starred in the movie "Forbidden Planet."

Most of the robots in the exhibit are from the 1940s through the 1960s. There was also a lot of information explaining the history of robots. I learned how far robots have come since then—and also what technology was like 60 years ago.

Parents will probably like this exhibit because there is a small hallway with tons of robot displays from old games and TV shows such as "Lost in Space" and "The Jetsons." It brought back a lot of memories for my parents.

If you go, be sure to watch the robot demonstrations that occur throughout the day. You can see a robot that vacuums floors, one that moves when you clap and a robot that follows a line on the floor. Younger children will be particularly interested in this part of the exhibit.

Personally, I found the exhibit interesting. But because of the technical nature, some younger kids may not enjoy it.

"Robots Like Us" is now a permanent exhibit, so you can see it anytime the Museum of Science and Industry is open. The museum is located at 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago. Admission is $11, $10 Chicago residents, $9.50 seniors, $7 kids 3-11, free kids 2 and under. For more information, call (773) 684-1414 or visit www.msichicago.org.

Allie Sakowicz, 11, Park Ridge

 
 





 
 
 
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