2017 Tours

All Tours were Saturday, February 25th, 2017.  Cedar Valley Robot Week included live events in 2016 and 2017.  the website is still available to explore types of robots and download the free classroom activity.

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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.