Kid Bots: Industrial Design Students and Boston Children’s Museum Collaboration

The “Kid Bots” exhibit features 3D-printed robots which take inspiration from drawings by young children during visits to the Boston Children’s Museum. These visits were part of an EPIC (externally collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary, culture) experience — a collaboration with Wentworth’s Department of Industrial Design and the Boston Children’s Museum. Using the ideas of young children as a source of creativity to build professional-level, three-dimensional representations of those ideas is understandably fascinating and rarely accomplished.

After the young children sketched or doodled their personal ideas of a robot, junior students in a Wentworth CAD modeling class interpreted, modeled and rendered them. The installation connects the thinkers of tomorrow and those of today and includes drawings, models and photographs. The creative breadth of ideas is enjoyable and enlightening. Take a look at the presentation slides below.

The “Kid Bots” exhibit will be on view through April 5, 2019 and is open to the public during regular library hours. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, January 16 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.For more information see the Wentworth news story or contact

Accompanying the exhibit are topical books and DVDs from the library collection.

Blaustein, Julian, et al. The Day the Earth Stood Still. [Videorecording]. Beverly Hills, CA: Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2002.

Cook, David. Intermediate Robot Building. Berkeley, CA: Apress; New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 2004.

Downey, Robert, Jr., et al. Iron Man. [Videorecording]. Hollywood, Calif.: Paramount, 2008.

Fleming, Victor, et al. Wizard of Oz. [Videorecording]. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2005.

Ford, Martin. Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future. New York: Basic Books, 2015.

Frischmann, Brett M., and Evan Selinger. Re-Engineering Humanity. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Gelman, Debra L. Design for Kids: Digital Products for Playing and Learning. Brooklyn, NY: Rosenfeld Media, 2014.

Jonze, Spike, et al. Her. [Videorecording], 2014.

Markoff, John. Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground between Humans and Robots. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.

Matrix: [Videorecording]. Burbank, Cal: Warner Bros., 1999.

Mindell, David A. Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy. New York, NY: Viking, 2015.

Morris, Jim, et al. WALL-E. [Videorecording]. Burbank, CA: Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2008.

Niederhoffer, Galt, et al. Robot & Frank. [Videorecording]. Culver City, CA: Sony Pictures, 2013.

Rid, Thomas. Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History. New York: W. W. Norton, 2016.

Rise of the Robots: PBS, 2016.

Scharre, Paul. Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War. New York; London: W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.

Stoff, Erwin, et al. The Day the Earth Stood Still. [Videorecording]. Beverly Hills, CA: 20th Century Fox, 2009.

Zehr, E. P. Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011,