Museum of Science and Industry


You’ve probably heard parents joking that their kids need to burn off some energy. What if, instead, the adults told them to go outside and make some electricity? Here's a neat idea: using playtime to produce power!

Energy harnessing playgrounds can use the movement of play to generate electricity, which can then be used to light the area at night or be stored for later....

Those of us who spent our formative years as virtual mayors of towns such as “Keith-Ville” and “Awesome-Town” in the game SimCity know that solar energy beamed down from space is an efficient way to generate massive amounts of clean power. I’m guessing someone over at NASA may have had their own virtual village, because the agency has agreed to 

If you created a robot, what would it be like? I would probably build a battery-powered android, because I think I would have the most fun with either a sassy maid-bot or a pretend-little-sister-bot. Scientists in Texas and Virginia were a little more creative, having built "Robojelly," a jellyfish robot that runs on hydrogen and oxygen!

This little swimmer currently gets its fuel from tubes connected...


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  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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