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Robots march into Life Science Centre for major new exhibition

A new exhibition celebrating robots opens at Life Science Centre in Newcastle on 26 May 2018, just in time for the May half-term holidays.


Robots – then and now, developed by the Science Museum in London, tells the 500-year, work in progress story of building automated machines, from the humble beginnings of 16th century mechanical automatons to the latest humanoids – and everything in between.


The new exhibition is included in the admission ticket to Life Science Centre, along with lots of other robot-themed fun for the school holidays, including a new planetarium show for under-7s, Space Robots; the 4D Motion Ride* adventure Rusty; and the chance to build a robot from recycled materials in the Making Space.


Split across five zones that look at developments in robotics from 1570 to the current day, Robots – then and now encourages visitors to question human emotional responses to inanimate machines.


Linda Conlon, Chief Executive of Life, said: “Advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence have sparked many sensational newspaper headlines over the years. From taking people’s jobs to caring for the elderly, robots are a source of fear and fascination. 


“As part of the exhibition, we’ll be asking people to share their thoughts about our future with robots by recording a message in our Robots: hopes and fears video booth. We want to know what people really think about driverless cars, whether they would keep a robot in their home and anything else on their minds – no hope or fear is too big or too small!”


Robots – then and now features more than 100 exciting objects from the world of robotics, including a small number of interactive robots. Come face to face with the fist-bumping Pepper the Robot and a Robothespian, who can quote lines from famous films. On the special family trail, visitors can design their own robot and choreograph their own robot dance moves.


Robots – then and now appears at Life Science Centre from 26 May to 2 December 2018. Tickets are priced from £8.00 for children aged 5-17 to £36.00 for a family ticket. Children aged 4 and under go free.


All day tickets include full admission to Life Science Centre’s exhibitions, planetarium and live science theatre shows, 4D Motion Ride and hands-on interactive zones.


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* Please note, you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the 4D Motion Ride.


Image credit: Maria ©WSM Art – Walter Schulze-Mittendorff

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