This past weekend, we went to the Engineer It! exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Any of you Colorado parents who haven’t yet taken your kids, it’s well worth it! And a quick web search tells me that the exhibit is also currently at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
The exhibit is all about hands-on engineering and physics activities. Here are a few things you can expect to do when you go:
- design and build boats, buildings, bridges, windmills, airplanes, rockets and robots;
- test the performance of your creations in water tanks, earthquake simulators, wind tunnels, and on a rocket range;
- experiment with gears and pulleys;
- operate a cargo crane;
- form teams to build arches and geodesic domes;
- experience the RocketWorks lab, a unique Denver addition to the traveling exhibition, where you design, build, decorate and launch your own rocket; and more.
Upon our arrival Sunday, we fell into a group that was building an eight foot tall geodesic dome. Very cool – and I learned as much as the kids did!