April 4, 2014 -- Welcome to Robots!

Unless otherwise noted, all activities are free. Free parking on First Fridays!

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Center Stage (Main Building, Lower Level)

6:30                 The Turing Test – Can you tell who is the human and who is the computer?

7:15pm            Amazing Science Demonstration

8pm                 The Turing Test

AB Classroom (Main Building, Lower Level)

6 to 9pm          Game Library and open board game play with Geekway to the West.

Boeing Hall (Main Building, First Floor) Don’t miss our new special exhibition!

6 to 8pm Tour DINOSAURS IN MOTION $10/$9 (Non-Member Adult/Child)

Dino Overlook (Main Building, First Floor)

Demos and Activities, 6 to 9pm         

  • Check out R2 and other creations from the Gateway R2D2 Builders’ Group.
  • See robots and other projects in development with ROBOMO, St. Louis Area Robotics Club.
  • Drive a telepresence robot and control a Sphero with UMSL’s Technology Learning Center.
  • Create a design for the ultimate robot at our Maker Space.
  • See what’s new at Arch Reactor, St. Louis’ local hacker space.
  • Test video games created by local video game developers, Pixel Press and Happy Badger Studio.
  • See the latest from Openly Disruptive – the future will be what we make it!

The Loft (Main Building, Second Floor) Food and drink specials!

6-9pm              Check out Anime St. Louis.

Learn about Archon, a science fiction and fantasy convention.

See the Science Center’s 3D printer at work!

7pm                 First Fridays’ Trivia – limited seating

OMNIMAX® Theater (Main Building, Second Floor)

Evening pricing ($6, all tickets; $5 for college students with valid id).

6pm   Titans of the Ice Age

7pm   Hubble


10pm TBD by your vote -- Free! Seating is limited and tickets, available at the box office, required.                                                                                               

James S. McDonnell Planetarium – all programs free unless otherwise noted

6 to 9pm                      Experience Flight: Test out our flight simulators – $5 and $6

                                    FIRST Robotics exhibition matches

7 to 10pm                    Public Telescope Viewing (Archery Field)

7pm                             Planetarium Show: The Sky Tonight (Star Bay)

9pm                             Lost in Space episode, “War of the Robots” (1966)  (Star Bay)

Answers to Your First Friday Questions

What is the Turing Test?

Deveoped by Alan Turing in the 1950s, the Turing test is a test of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equal to or indistinguishable from, a human.  The test involves a human posing questions to a human and a computer. The human posing the questions is in a separate room. If the human cannot reliably tell the computer from the human, the computer is said to have passed the test. Tonight we will perform our own version of the Turing Test. The audience at Center Stage will pose the questions and see if they can tell which answers come from the human and which come from the computer.

How does First Fridays' Trivia work?

To play, register your team or as an individual, at The Loft. We can accommodate up to 15 teams. There will be five rounds of trivia, with five questions each round. Prizes for the winners of each round!

How do I get tickets for the 10pm movie?

Get your tickets at any ticket booth, starting at 6pm. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person can get up to four tickets for your group. Once you have a ticket, be in the theater by 10 pm to claim your seat. If all tickets have been given out, visitors can wait in the stand-by line. At 10 pm, we will let people waiting in the stand-by line into the theater, to fill all empty seats.