Explore the biomechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work at the UTPA Visitors Center!
The Robot Zoo, a 1,500-square-foot- exhibit, reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer. Three robot animals and seven hands-on activities illustrate the fascinating real-life characteristics of animals. Visitors learn how a chameleon changes colors and a fly walks on the ceiling. The larger-than-life-size animated Robots featured include a chameleon and a platypus. There is also a giant house fly with a 3-foot wingspread.
Machinery in each robot animal simulates the body parts of their real-life counterparts. In the robot animals, muscles become pistons, intestines become filtering pipes and brains become computers. The Robot Zoo provides fantastic new insights and hands-on fun for discovering just how animals work.
The exhibit is based on the book The Robot Zoo that was conceived, edited and designed by Marshall Editions of London, England. Robot Zoo is sponsored by Silicone Graphics, Inc, Time Magazine and is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions.