Michigan Science Center Adds Robot Lab, STEM Activities


Detroit’s Michigan Science Center has launched a new collection of STEM activities for the summer, including a robot lab that will offer museum-goers the chance to learn computer language basics and compete in robot challenges.

“It’s always important to stimulate young minds and keep them fresh — and it’s critical to support kids and families during summer vacation,” says Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center.

The Robot Lab will be the first exhibit in the newly dedicated ITC Gallery. The lab features Finch robots, which are specifically designed for computer science education. The robots have light, temperature, and obstacle sensors, along with drawing capabilities.

“As a company that promotes innovation and STEM education, we are pleased to now have a permanent place in this exciting STEM hub,” says Gregory Ioanidis, vice president of Novi-based ITC Holdings Corp. and a Michigan Science Center board member. “The Robot Lab exhibit will be a great first addition to the ITC Gallery.”

Other STEM activities include the IMAX film Journey to Space and a hands-on exhibit featuring the basics of nanoscience and engineering.