Robot Park is a permanent exhibit on robotics and computer programming at the Boston Museum of Science that features the Tern tangible programming language. The exhibit was deployed in October 2007 and was visited by approximately 20,000 people in its first year.

Robot Park Exhibit, Boston Museum of Science
Tern Tangible Programming Blocks
Tern Tangible Programming Blocks

Project Design & Evaluation Team

Tufts University Human Computer Interaction Lab

Cahners Computer Place, Boston Museum of Science
  • Taleen Agulian
  • Dan Noren
  • Bill Rogers
  • Mary Murray
  • Tim Moore



  • Horn, M.S., Solovey, E.T., Crouser, R.J., and Jacob, R.J.K., Comparing Tangible and Graphical Programming Interfaces for use in Informal Science Education. In Proc. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI'09, ACM Press (2009).

  • Horn, M.S., Solovey, E.T., and Jacob, R.J.K., Tangible Programming for Informal Science Learning: Making TUIs Work for Museums. Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Interaction Design & Children IDC'08, (2008).