2017 Tours

All Tours are Saturday, February 25th, 2017

More tours will be added as they are scheduled.

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Museum Madness: National Engineers Week

9:00 am - 5:00pm
Bluedorn Science Imaginarium
322 Washington Street, Waterloo, Iowa
$5.00 Adults and Children 4 & up, FREE Children 3 & under, 10% discount to Museum Members

Unique engineering activities & all of the Imaginarium's regular exhibits! Celebrate how engineers make a difference in the world during Museum Madness at the Imaginarium. Investigate the many accomplishments of engineers, explore the amazing innovations engineers create every day, and put your engineering skills to the test with different engineering challenges​. How many robots can you find in the Imaginarium? Can you spot any engineers at work with robots?


Robots of Innovation in Textiles and Apparel

10:00 am - noon
University of Northern Iowa
Second Floor of Latham Hall
Free Parking in the Lot south of University and then take the sidewalk through the tunnel and up the hill to Latham Hall

Robots really are at work everywhere! Take a guided tour of UNI's National Science Foundation Materials Testing Lab to learn how robots assist designers in selecting the best fabrics for their designs. These robots wash, sun bleach, rip, and rub fabric to test it's limits! Watch a short film about sewing robots and chat with faculty and UNI STEM Ambassadors about technology in the fashion industry. Lab tour is approx. 15 minutes. First 50 K-12 students will receive a free UNI STEM String Packpack!

Baxter Robot interacting with EYH participants.

Meet Baxter, the Collaborative Robot at the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum

10:00 am - noon
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum
500 Westfield Avenue, Waterloo
Admission $8.00 (ages 13-61), Free 12 & under, $4.00 Seniors, John Deere employees & retirees & active duty military; Free Parking

Baxter is a smart and collaborative robot pioneer. He's an industrial robot with a face! Visit the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum between 10 am and noon to meet Baxter and see him in action. Can you teach Baxter to mimic your actions?

John Deere uses Baxter and other robots like him side-by-side with humans to build tractors quickly and safely. Classic industrial robots are huge machines pre-programmed to do one or a few tasks at a manufacturing plant. Reprogramming these older robots took time and highly specialized computer programmers. Baxter is different. He is smart enough to learn new tasks from his human co-workers. Baxter's human buddies don't have to know programming but they do need special training to work with Baxter.

*The Museum will be open from 10;00 am - 6:00 pm. However, Baxter will be on display in the museum lobby from 10:00 am to noon.


Hawkeye Community College's Construction Simulation Semi Open House

UPDATE: Due to a broken part, the Hawkeye Construction Simulation Semi will not make it to the Museum on Saturday
10:00 am - noon
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, South Parking Lot
500 Westfield Avenue, Waterloo
Admission to the Construction Simulation Semi is Free

Flight simulators were some of the first educational robots. They allowed new and inexperienced pilots to learn to fly while safely on the ground. Today educational robots help teach people how to do all sorts of jobs in a safe environment. These robots also allow one teacher to work with more students at one time and reduce training costs by protecting equipment from damages. On this tour you will step aboard the Hawkeye Community College Construction Simulator Semi and get behind the controls of a simulated Excavator, backhoe, or Bulldozer. The job of these robots is to teach new construction professionals how to drive and operate heavy equipment while keeping them safe. Can you load a dump truck without damaging equipment and in the fastest time possible? Visit the Hawkeye Community College Construction Simulator Semi in the parking lot of the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum between 10 am and noon to find out! Learn about the Hawkeye Community College Construction Equipment Operation program.