Discover Engineering Family Day

by Liz Jones | January 7, 2018 11:00 am

This event has passed, but check out our calendar[1] for fun today, this week, this month!

Discover how professional engineers turn ideas into reality at Discover Engineering Family Day — a popular (and free!) annual event hosted at the National Building Museum!

More: STEM-Inspired Events & Opportunities[2]

Family Day, on February 17, 2018, will be filled with more than 20 interactive problem-solving activities designed with kids in mind! Family Day exhibitors present basic engineering principles through hands-on and mind-challenging activities. Plus, special demonstrations are sprinkled in throughout the day. Past features include:

• Engineer and TV personality Nate Ball demonstrating his reverse-rappelling Atlas Powered Ascender
• One of NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon’s replica racecars, courtesy of DuPont
• Former Space Shuttle Columbia astronaut Dr. Roger Crouch
• Appearances by stars of the PBS Kids TV show ZOOM
• A model of one of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers
• A Blind Driver Challenge simulator from the National Federation of the Blind

The idea behind this special event is to introduce kids, ages 4 to 12, to the wonder of engineering and the importance of technological literacy. And, The National Building Museum is the perfect place to do it! While The National Building Museum isn’t initially thought of as a kid-friendly destination, sees it as one of our area’s hidden treasures, offering many kid-friendly touch-and-play exhibits and opportunities[3].

Visit the Building Zone[4], a hands-on introduction to the building arts designed especially for the museum’s youngest visitors, ages 2 to 6. Check out a Family Tool Kit[5] or build an amazing arch. Best of all, visit PLAY WORK BUILD![6], an exciting on-going exhibit that takes children and adults alike through an exploration of play with an immersive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes, and an original virtual block play experience.

The National Building Museum is located at 401 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.

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