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Discover Engineering Day at the National Building Museum

In celebration of National Engineers Week, the National Building Museum hosted a family engineering festival Saturday, February 19th. The festival included several hands on exhibits, staffed by engineers, college students, and even boy and girl scouts. The event drew a huge crowd and displays specialized in everything engineering, ranging from aerospace technology to the science of popcorn.

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The main hall of the National Building Museum is packed with children as their parents as they make their way through the various booths at the event.

The main hall of the National Building Museum is packed with children as their parents as they make their way through the various booths at the event. 1Picture by Molly EllisonA volunteer hands out a bag of slime to a group of young museum goers. The slime was a fun addition to the event. 2Picture by Molly EllisonSwarms of children and parents sit on the floor of the main hall of the museum and build structures out of newspaper, cardboard, and tape. 3Picture by Molly EllisonEvent goers attempt to catch popcorn with nets at an exciting, but messy, popcorn display. 4Picture by Molly EllisonAn engineer volunteering for the day explains how to a group how a soil quality tester works. 5Picture by Molly EllisonA giant catapult sits on a table, waiting to be tested. Patrons at the event were allowed to make smaller versions of the machine to use and take home. 6Picture by Molly EllisonAn engineer from the Semiconductor Industry Association describes how her technology works to patrons. 7Picture by Molly EllisonA Tsunami Wave Tank, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, simulates the effects of a Tsunami. The exhibit was staffed by students from Howard University and the machine drew large crowds. 8Picture by Molly EllisonA close look at a hand-built robot reveals the inner workings of the machine. The robot was built by a youth robotics team and sponsored by NASA. 9Picture by Molly EllisonPatrons file in and out of the National Building Museum, located on F Street near downtown DC. 10Picture by Molly Ellison

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  • WOW on March 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM
    THIS GALLERY IS FANTASTIC IT IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF ALL THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MOLLY IS KEWL SOMETIMES I GUESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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