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Manufacturing exhibit teaches kids about industry

Clinton Township, MI Here's an idea for a cross-border summer vacation trip that can help teach your kids about y...


August 15, 2007
By MRO Magazine

Clinton Township, MI Here’s an idea for a cross-border summer vacation trip that can help teach your kids about your work in industry — the United States Steel Fun Factory exhibit located at the Detroit Science Center.

The new exhibit features hands-on exhibits for all ages where visitors can learn how a variety of manufacturing processes turn an idea into reality with the help of computer design, prototypes, simulations, conveyors, robots, statistics and more.

KUKA Robotics Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial robots, has donated two six-axis robots to the exhibit. In the Fun Factory, a KUKA KR15 robot is interacting with a video that demonstrates how robots are used for welding, in foundries and other manufacturing applications.

It is important for people to have an understanding of what is happening on the manufacturing floor, said Stu Shepherd, president of KUKA. The Detroit Science Center has done an excellent job in relating the tasks and tools used in factories to adults and children alike.”


The Fun Factory, with 39 hands-on exhibits spanning 2,800 sq ft, takes Science Center visitors into the world of manufacturing with three different exhibit areas.

In Strong as Steel, visitors learn about the production of steel and how a variety of manufacturing processes turn steel into the numerous parts used in automobile manufacturing.

In Engineers at Work, visitors learn how engineers use design software, prototypes and specific materials to design products and put them into production.

Visitors can then explore Production Processes to see how processes such as casting, machining, stamping and welding are used in the creation of different products.

The Detroit Science Center features 110,000 sq ft of scientific exploration, including an IMAX Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systmes Planetarium; the Ford Learning Resource Center; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the DaimlerChrysler Science Stage; an 8,700 sq ft Science Hall for travelling exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; an SBC Childrens Gallery for pint-size scientists; and a Special Events Lobby.

For more information, call 313-577-8400 or visit