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Open Explore: Future of Transportation

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

What will transportation look like in the future? We can assume electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and high-speed rail will all be part of the picture, but what additional solutions are needed to accommodate our ever-expanding global population?

Spend the day at KID — and join the ranks of engineers, scientists, and designers who are tackling the future of transportation in all kinds of creative, exciting ways!

General: $12.00 (one child + two adults)
Members: Free (membership information)

Special thanks to Central Japan Railway Company for sponsoring The Future of Transportation.

All-Day Activities

Smart Roads
Design a series of “Smart Roads” through a cityscape for Ozobot robots to travel on a giant cardboard map. Smart Roads use a combination of sensors, smart paints, and energy harvesting devices to interact with vehicles.  Use Ozobots to represent these innovative systems by using smart codes and its own sensors.

Pneumatic Tram Races
Use cardboard and other materials to construct an aerodynamic vehicle with a straw attached to the top to demonstrate the basics of pneumatic tubes and how they could be used in the future.

Bridge to the Future
Work in groups to design a bridge using cardboard, string, and popsicle sticks and incorporate American engineer T.Y. Lin’s combination of suspension and cable-styled bridges.

Maglev Vehicles
Demystify the concepts of maglev trains and engineer your own vehicle using cardboard, hot glue, and magnets.

Future of Transportation – What do you think the future will hold?
What will the future of transportation be like? Explore transportation methods from one country on each continent to see the various choices countries make in moving people around. Design your own ‘ideal’ transportation chart.

Future of Transportation – Design Your Own
Design solutions specifically for the heavily congested DC-Baltimore corridor. What could the future of transportation look like in our own region? Design and build a prototype of an idea with a variety of maker materials.

Central Japan Railway Company
Central Japan Railway Company proudly presents the world’s fastest and finest high-speed rail technology as a STEM educational tools for KIDS!

  • Model Trains: miniature maglev which actually floats
  • Classroom Experiments: floating magnets using superconducting effects
  • Videos: Japanese super high-speed trains in action


October 20
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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KID Museum
6400 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817 United States


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Pre K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th