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Robot Mania at the Science Mill for Spring Break

This 30-foot Colossal Robot Hand is one of the more than 50 exhibits at the Science Museum in Johnson City. Staff photo

Spring Break at the Science Mill in Johnson City is two weeks of special robotics-themed activities. From March 8-19, Robot Mania features more than 50 interactive exhibits both inside the museum and outside in the Science & Art Park. Activity stations will be open from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

Stations include:

  • Battle Bots — Master speed and timing to turn your opponent’s bot upside down.
  • Jumbo Robo Operation — Play a large-scale version of the classic board game “Operation” and, at set times throughout the day, help educators program a “human robot” to make lemonade.
  • Scribit — This drawing robot scales the museum’s walls to create a multi-colored mural.
  • STEM stations — Several stations will play conversations with engineers, programmers, and other robotic professions.
  • Museum theater — “FIRST There Were Humans, Then There Were Machines” will play throughout the day.

The museum also has several permanent robotic-focused exhibits, including the 30-foot-tall Colossal Robotic Hand controlled by a remote joystick. A Robotic Marionette dances in response to control commands, and a 3D printer demonstrates how, layer by layer, computer code becomes a solid object.

Visitors can make robotic animals move by building digital blocks of code with action commands at the Critter Bots exhibit.

To guarantee contactless entry, pre-purchase Spring Break admission online. Face coverings are required for ages 5 and older while inside the museum.

The Science Mill is located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City. Admission is $11 for adults (18-64), $9.50 for students (3-17 or with student ID), $9 for seniors (65 and older), free for ages 0-2, and half-price for active or retired military and up to three other family members with a valid military ID.

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