Onmilwaukee.com Kids & Family: Hollywood Meets Science In Mpms Alien Worlds And Androids

October 9, 2014

home 11. Tickets are $5 with museum admission, but free for members. "It is a fun and interactive way to explore science, technology and engineering, while weaving in the story of science fiction and its role in science," said Dr. Ellen Censky, senior VP and academic dean of Milwaukee Public Museum. "'Alien Worlds and Androids' also allows us to wed the subject matter of our planetarium with biology by exploring how scientists are searching for life on other planets." There's not much for artifacts in the new show, which is located in the second floor special exhibition galleries (just across from the snake button), but the panel exhibition offers fascinating glimpses into the solar system and the potential for alien life, as well as robotics, jet propulsion, the human microbiome and even Hollywood. You'll find Iron Man and towering figures from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and other popular films, but those really are eye candy to lure you into the meat of the show, which seeks to get visitors thinking about the enduring question -- Are we alone in the universe. It's interesting, especially in the earliest sections of the show, to consider the ways in which a passion for science fiction has influenced actual scientific research as visit the site human perception of what is possible grows as the imagination continues to soar ever farther. For example, advances in robotics seem linked to Hollywood's evolving droids and the show includes replicas of C-3PO from "Star Wars" and T-800 from "The Terminator" pictures. But visitors can learn more about robotics and artificial intelligence from the exhibit's panels -- including information on how this technology has led to advances in artificial body parts -- and then get some hands-on experience using a mechanical arm and building their own robot figures.
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