Robot Zoo at Boone County Library
The Robot Zoo is a popular, 5,000-square-foot exhibit of giant robots that shows how real animals work. It includes activities designed for children aged 4 to 12. These include the Tongue Gun of the robot Chameleon, seeing through the eyes of a common house fly, and racing squid!
It has appeared in major venues across the globe, such as the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This is the first time this exhibit has been installed in a library.
The exhibit includes giant robot animals and hands-on activities designed for children from ages 4 to 12. Some of the exhibit’s interactive experiences include:
• Chameleon Tongue Gun
-- Triggering the Tongue Gun demonstrates how a real chameleon shoots out its long, sticky-tipped tongue to reel in a meal. Use a joystick to aim the head of a robot chameleon, then press a button to fire its long tongue at one of several insect targets.
• Race a Squid
-- Pump air into a squid model and propel it up a tube to simulate the high-speed swim of a giant squid. Race the four squids to the finish line!
• Eye to Eye
-- Stand behind a 5-foot-tall cutout of a house fly and get a fly’s-eye view through two 19-inch compound eyes.
The exhibit uses the biomechanics of giant robot animals and hands-on fun to illustrate how real animals work.
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information call 859-342-2665 or visit bcpl.org.