As part of its new focus on autonomous vehicle technology, the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Fla., is opening a ‘Drone Zone‘ this summer.
Opening July 6, the Drone Zone will allow guests to fly drones and learn how the technology can help mankind, as well as what kinds of concerns are associated with it. Starting June 13, MOSI is also offering a driverless vehicle and robot experience, where guests can ride in the autonomous cars and code a variety of motion-interfacing robots.
The Drone Zone is part of MOSI’s newest exhibit, Innovate, which showcases the latest discoveries that improve the way people live, work and play now and in the future. Innovate is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.
“By making these new and developing technologies accessible to everyone, MOSI gives its visitors a sneak peek into their not-so-distant future and inspires our next generation of scientists, engineers and inventors to see that anything is possible,” says Molly Demeulenaere, president and CEO of MOSI.
“There is often a fear surrounding new technologies like autonomous vehicles and drones,” she adds. “MOSI empowers people to embrace their curiosity regarding these new technologies in a safe and protective environment. These are important conversations happening within the family unit here at MOSI that may not happen in more formal settings.”
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math.