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Collection Creator:
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.  Search this
Collection Inventor:
Massie, Thomas  Search this
McLurkin, James  Search this
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Massie/McLurkin Innovative Lives Program TRT: 60:00 Begins with students shouting "attitude is altitude." Introductory remarks by Art Molella, Director of the Lemelson Center. Welcome to Thomas Massie and James McLurkin, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). McLurkin opens the program by explaining his microrobots and robotic communities. The idea is to get the robots to work like ants communicating with each other and having complex behaviors. Students join McLurkin at work tables to have the "ants" move forward, move toward the light, and move from a bump. The objective is to get the ants to move through checkpoints using a flash light and blocks. The applications for these microrobots are: surgical, use in nuclear piping to check for cracks, and as cameras for the Central Intelligence Agency. Massie begins his presentation telling students to think about inventors and inventions that surround us. Shows a videotape of how he got interested in inventing. Massie and McLurkin assisted the students in an exercise to take apart a radio and find certain parts. The students are asked what else they might invent with these parts. Students join Massie and learn to use the Phantom.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the original videos are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. Signed releases on file, but releases not available for Western School students.
Collection Citation:
Massie/McLurkin Innovative Lives Presentation and Interviews, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Massie/McLurkin Innovative Lives Presentation and Interviews
Massie/McLurkin Innovative Lives Presentation and Interviews / Series 2: Master Videos
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History