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article imageTech Fest coming to the hands-on engineering museum The Works Special

By Anthony Carranza     Feb 6, 2012 in Technology
The Works is a “hands-on, minds-on” museum that makes learning about science, engineering interestingly interesting for families and kids.
The non-profit organization with over 16 years in the Twin Cities, The Works, will host its annual family Tech Fest event Saturday February 25. The event will offer a unique opportunity for families to participate alongside with real engineers to do hands-on activities.
Those who will attend “Tech Fest” will be able to watch chemistry and robotics demonstrations conducted by staff from the University of Minnesota (U of M) with plenty of shows for families and kids to enjoy. Activities that are planned for the event include building a mini-flashlight, make paper, experiment with magnets or make your own silly putty are just one of the many examples.
“Engineering is at the core of what we do,” says CEO Jill Measells. “The Works is one of the few engineering-focused museums for kids in the world. Every day kids come to The Works, to have fun building structures, designing and racing cars and more in our galleries, and with challenges, like designing their own mini-hovercrafts, in our Design Lab. While they’re having fun exploring how things work, they’re learning valuable engineering and problem solving skills.”
This festival of hands-on innovation is catered to kids between the ages of 5-12 and will be commemorating the National Engineers Week. The event is set to start at 9:00 a.m. and runs to 5:00 p.m.
What does Tech Fest do? It connects education, industry and the rest of the community to celebrate the engineers week. The Works last November moved into its new location in Bloomington to accommodate the demand and organizational growth its experiences prior to its current home.
What organizations are sponsoring these efforts? The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, Alliant Techsystems Inc. (headquartered in Minneapolis), Digital River (headquartered in Eden Prairie), Minnesota Federation of Engineering and a few more.
The Works, as a non-profit organization, is becoming the liaison between various sectors from different industries. The goal ultimately is to inspire or continue to inspire the next generation of engineers within a community that has a diverse and changing demographic.
Details about the location and the prices are available online by clicking here.
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