At the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa
Text by Ron Jensen Images Courtesy of i.d.e.a. Museum

Kids are invited to explore the world of robotics through art and hands-on activities. Featuring a variety of artworks from around the globe, the interactive exhibition explores the relationship of art and science and the importance of imagination in designing automated machines.

Above: Robot DJ by Rod Long.

The exhibition features more than 60 artworks by artists from across the United States and abroad. On display are paintings, mixed-media, sculpture, fiber, digital photographs and video. 

Arizona participants include: Doug Brannan (Globe), Denise Currier (Mesa), Deborah McMillion-Nering (Phoenix), Jordan-Alexander Thomas (Phoenix), and Aaron Voigt (Mesa). 

International artists are represented by Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Philippines, Scotland, and Switzerland. 

Above, left: Skin Deep Robot by Possessed Photography. Right: ARC-R-52 by Jordan Perez.


Planned activities for children of all ages include:

  • Robot Zoo
  • Be the Bot
  • Racing Robots
  • The Robot Code
  • My Dream Robot
  • Build-a-Bot
  • Coding board game

All hands-on activities in the exhibition are created with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts in mind. Also, classes, workshops, camps and guided tour experiences for school groups will be thematically aligned with the exhibition content.

Above, leftRobots Have Anxiety Too… by Joel Ganucheau. Right: Electrically Charges by Denise Currier.

Exhibition content, expressed through interactive displays, art-making activities and didactic material that will cover topics including types and uses of robots, circuitry and coding, form and function, and famous robots. These topics will integrate science, engineering, history, and technology. Exhibition activities are aligned with Arizona K-12 Academic Standards for education.

Please note: Online ticket reservations are strongly encouraged, particularly during weekends and school breaks.

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