- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting an exhibit that uses robotic animals to help educate about how the bodies of real animals work.

The traveling exhibit titled “The Robot Zoo” opens Saturday and runs through Sept. 18. It’s based on the book by the same name and includes robots of a chameleon, a rhinoceros, a giant squid and a platypus. It also features an oversized robot fly, a bat and a giraffe.

In the exhibit, muscles become pistons, intestines become filtering pipes and brains become computers. The robot animals and hands-on activities illustrate real-life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors, how a giant squid propels itself and how a fly walks on the ceiling.




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