In January we welcome the Science Museum’s blockbuster Robots exhibition to the National Museum of Scotland. From early mechanised human forms to today’s cutting-edge technology, this major exhibition reveals our 500-year quest to make machines human.
This Science Saturday will be all about robots, coding, and artificial intelligence and there will be plenty of opportunities to get hands-on with some modern robots of all shapes and sizes! We will be joined by teams from world-class robotics organisations from Edinburgh and across Scotland.
Time: 12:00 - 16:00
Age: Suitable for all ages
Location: Grand Gallery
Come and have a go at programming a Marty robot, guide our codapillars through a maze (great for under 5s) and get a temporary tattoo in our robot market place! With wired-controlled robot arms, Spheros and the chance to meet some researchers working on cutting edge robotics at the University of Edinburgh and Herriot-Watt University, it will be a fun afternoon for robots and humans alike!
Age: Three age categories (under 7s, 7-12, 12+)
Location: Sign up for each category in the Grand Gallery on the day
Dress to impress as your favourite home-made robot for a chance to win a prize in our robot parade! Bring along your homemade costumes, and register in the Grand Gallery sign-up sheet on the day in one of our three age categories to take part in the parade at 14:15. Competitors from each category (plus adult companions for our younger robots) should meet a Museum Robot Helper at the entrance to the Natural World galleries at 14:05 ready to strut their stuff on our robot walkway at 14:15.
Time: 13:30 - 14:05 and 15:00 - 15:35
Booking: Booking required, limited spaces (all attendees require a ticket, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
Age: Suitable for adults and families with children aged 5+
Location: Seminar Room, Level 4 Learning Centre
Join curator Tacye Phillipson and the House of Automata to learn about the weird and wonderful mechanical and artistic forerunner to robots, automata. Enjoy a close-up view of the inner workings of some very special machines and get inspired to make some of your very own!
*Please note: Exploring Automata is now sold out. If you have booked a ticket but can no longer attend, please contact us (0300 123 6789) as soon as possible to ensure any unwanted tickets can be released.
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