Big Orange Dance Machine

by Maria Ploessl | at Minnebar 16 | 9:20 – 4:30 | View Schedule

Built by a team at the Minnesota Children's Museum, the Big Orange Dance Machine is a traffic message trailer that’s been converted into an interactive dance experience. People use foot pedals to pick a series of dance moves and then join an animated character in performing a dance.

Why Did It Get Built?

Why not? Dancing is fun. Play is fun. And play helps. Play sparks joy. Play builds brains and bodies. Play reduces the negative effects of stress.

The Big Orange Dance Machine will greet people as they arrive in the parking ramp on their way to the north building entrance. Learn more about the Big Orange Dance Machine at

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Maria Ploessl

Maria Ploessl serves as the first Executive Director of Minnestar, a nonprofit organization committed to building, nurturing and engaging those interested in technology through meaningful connection. In her role, she works to promote the strategic vision and growth of the organization, while developing events and experiences that bring the MN tech community together.