The Franklin Institute and TE Connectivity are teamed up to expand the Institute’s popular interactive space, the Tech Studio. Through creative play and emerging technologies, Tech Studio builds the technical and critical thinking skills essential for engineering a sustainable future.

How can we safeguard autonomous vehicles from collisions? How can sensors be used to solve flight control challenges? Beyond speed, what will a future with 5G enable? 

Tech Studio features multiple experiences to engage visitors in the engineering design process of questioning, predicting, testing, failing, and redesigning. Graphics and multimedia surround the design challenges with impact stories of both engineering students and engineers at TE Connectivity, while a collection of 3D printers immerses visitors in the latest technologies and techniques of this ever-emerging industry.

Robot Parts Inside the Tech Studio

Engineering and design challenges visitors will face in the all-new Tech Studio include:

  • Design, build, and test a spinning top using different materials and smartphone sensors to measure its performance. 
  • Build a robotic vehicle that can sense its environment, integrate information, and safely navigate treacherous terrain, inspired by TE Connectivity’s sensors for autonomous vehicles. 
  • Design an aircraft that can safely land on a runway, with sensors that indicate a “safe” landing.

Beyond the exhibit experience, the partnership includes a series of upcoming workshops facilitated by museum educators to provide the option for a deeper dive into the diverse field of engineering, with a dedicated space within Tech Studio for workshop facilitation.