September 27 — December 22, 2013
Major support from:
Harris Beach PLLC
Elaine P. & Richard U. Wilson Foundation
Recommended for Grades 3–12
Program Type: Exhibit. Self-Guided
Cost: Admission ($5 per student). With the cost of admission, your students may visit as many exhibits on a self-guided basis as will fit into your field trip day. Note: 1 adult free with every 5 students. Additional adults pay the student rate.
Suggested Connections: See PROGRAM FINDER
Students are prompted to grapple with questions that have puzzled and enthralled thinkers since humans first turned their eyes to the sky—
Alien Worlds and Androids addresses all of these questions and more, using multimedia displays, graphics and charts, interactives, models and replicas.
CLICK HERE to download the Alien Worlds and Androids Teacher's Guide, containing a brief overview of each of the nine exhibit areas and "Big Questions" that you may want to use to focus students attention during their visit, and useful vocabulary and background.
Common Core and Standards:
The exhibition may be viewed from several distinct perspectives, thus providing rich possibilities for investigations in science, technology, engineering, math, language arts, and social studies.
CLICK HERE for correlations with Common Core and other NY State Standards.
The exhibition is divided into nine themed sections...
Are We Alone?
Discover how scientists’ perception of what’s possible continues to evolve and the potential for life outside Earth has never been greater.
Looking for Life in Space
Explore the concept of exoplanets and experiment with the Extreme Planet Makeover—a program that allows students to manipulate variables that affect the likelihood of life.
Alien Life on Earth
Learn how scientists are collecting data on extremophiles—creatures that thrive under some of the harshest conditions on Earth—using the submersible ALVIN; and the Icy World Project. Glimpse some of the extremophiles themselves, such as giant tubeworms and ice worms.
Artificial Intelligence and Robots
Learn how collaboration between scientists with different specialties led to the developments of Robots and Androids with Artificial Intelligence. Discover the differences between robots and androids and get up close to the robots made famous in film, among them the T-800 from “The Terminator.”
Robot Space Explorers
Journey to Mars alongside the rover Curiosity and learn about the other explorations Robots have taken in the past. Rovers are equipped with computers, cameras, magnifiers, scoops, and drills. They analyze the soils and rocks, take photos and readings of the atmosphere, and send data back to Earth.
Explore the Solar System
Learn how scientists have been studying our solar system for years, and through the use of probes, rovers, and telescopes, they have collected copious amounts of data that have provided us with new insight on the possibility of life existing on certain planets and their moons.
The Robotization of Planet Earth
Explore the function of robots on our planet, from everyday GPS devices to the highly complex military Drones. On display are numerous examples of robotic systems. Students also get to try their hand at maneuvering a mechanical arm.
Advances in technology such as the development of artificial body parts, eyes, arms and limbs, have allowed humans to extend their physical abilities. Learn how robotic suits and exoskeletons can give humans super-human strength, or help those with spinal injuries to learn to walk again.
The Human Microbiome
Learn about the “aliens” living in our bodies, collectively known as the microbiome because it plays just as integral a role in the operational system of the host organism (the human body) as other aspects of the human genome. Discover the sometimes-beneficial, sometimes-harmful relationships that exist our human ecosystems.
Common Core and Learning Standards:
Common Core Math: Coming Soon.