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Engineers Day at Museum of Life and Science

Local Engineers and Corporate Partners Explore Science of Engineering with Hands-On Activities


Robotics Classes, Engineering Exploration Fair and Interactive Experiments Celebrate Engineers Day - Saturday, August 10, 2013


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Durham, NC - August 2013


From the latest robotic technology to state-of-the-art communications systems, the Museum of Life and Science welcomes engineers from across the state on Saturday, August 10, 2013 for a full day of hands-on activities exploring engineering principles. Now in its tenth year, Engineers Day uses dynamic interactive activities to bring core Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) principles to life. 


Featured exhibitors include corporate partners Cisco Systems and IBM. Guests can explore Cisco's highly advanced comman and communications mobile unite, the NERV, and meet the team behind the technology. IBM will host a series of engineering workshops in conjunction with an Engineering Exploration Fair highlighting activities geared to spark an interest in science and engineering for all ages. A collection of Velomobiles, human-powered vehicles enclosed for aerodynamic advantage and protection from weather, will also be on display from IBM's community partners demonstrating the innovative engineering behind this novel form of transportation.


"Each year Engineers Day grows, highlighting so many different types of engineering in a fun, interactive way. This year we're exploring everything from electrical and computer engineering to chemical and structural opportunities" remarked Museum Coordinator for Events and Educational Resources, Nancy Dragotta-Muhl. "Our corporate partners, Cisco and IBM, play an integral role in opening the engineering door for these kids, many of whom never knew so many possibilities and technologies existed! We see kids begging for just one more robotics class or planning their own experiments to explore chemical engineering - it's truly an event where lifelong passions are formed!"


Special Engineers Day Activities


Join professional engineers and students from all over the Triangle for a day of interactive experiments celebrating Engineer's Week. 


  • Cisco NERV tours
  • Velomobile demonstrations
  • IBM Engineering Exploration Fair with hands-on activities and experiments
  • Meet a Museum Engineer; discover computer-vision algorithms, Arduino micro-controllers and more tools of the trade. 
  • Alice 3-D activities programming virtual environments to create 3-D animations
  • LEGO Robotics Workshops for ages 7-13
  • Work with IBM Industrial Designers to design and build a prototype for a geological survey to Mars. 





Day-Long Interactive Activities, Experiments and Demonstrations
Saturday, August 10, 2013
10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Free with Museum Admission 


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