Exhibition overview

Maglev Engineering Design Lab
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination includes two Engineering Design Labs (EDL) where visitors are presented with engineering challenges. Videos of real-world speeders and maglev trains in use around the world, coupled with accounts from the engineers who design them, help visitors explore the facets of each technology involved in creating a floating vehicle.
Image: Dom Miguel Photography
Source: Exhibit image © 2006 Museum of Science, Boston

In this exhibition you will explore the path of innovation, from inital idea to real life applications, through film artefacts, hands-on exhibits, video interviews with scientists, engineers and innovators, and the display of cutting edge technologies. The exhibition is built around two main themes:

Getting Around: explores transportation, from personal transport to starships. There is a special focus on Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder and other hovering vehicles.  What are their real world equivalents and how do vehicles move without touching the ground in the real world?

Robots and People: examines how people and droids relate in Star Wars. C-3PO and R2-D2 help visitors understand how droids navigate, sense and understand the world around them, while communicating in increasingly sophisticated ways.

Interactive diplays

Maglev Engineering Design Lab: here you can experiment with magnetic levitation, creating and testing your own floating maglev vehicles by propelling them along a magnetic track.

Robot Engineering Design Lab: become a robot designers by choosing the components and sensors for a mini-robot and then programming it to perform a task. 

Robot Object Theatre: in the immersive Robot Theatre you’ll meet C-3PO and real-world robotics engineer Cynthia Breazeal, Director of the Robotic Life Group, MIT Media Lab. They debate the merits of R2-D2 and how researchers try to duplicate human traits such as mobility, perception, and cognition.

Building Communities Augmented Reality Interactive: this unique virtual reality simulation allows you to design three different communities on the Skywalker home planet of Tatooine - a spaceport, a moisture farm, and Jawa camp.

Sponsored by:

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Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, presented by Bose Corporation, was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston and Lucasfilm Ltd. The exhibition is based upon work supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, USA. © 2009 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. This exhibition is indemnified by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.

Image Gallery

Building Communities: Augmented Reality Interactive Robots and People Robot Engineering Design Lab

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For teachers

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is an exciting, hands-on environment for school groups.