Engineering Week kicks off with Engineering Day on Monday, February 16, with a day of activities and tables run by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Engineering Week continues throughout the week to cover different engineering concepts—from nano to wearable, accompanied by activities and challenges to put those ideas into practice. Free with NYSCI admission, unless otherwise noted.
February 16: Civil Engineering Day
11 am — 4 pm
Learn about civil engineering through interactive games, construction challenges, and hands-on activities presented by the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of CivilEngineers (http://www.ascemetsection.org and NYSCI Explainers.
- Gumdrop Dome: Build a dome using gumdrops and toothpicks. Test how much weight your dome can support.
- Topple-A-Tug: Design your own boat made out of aluminum foil and see how many pennies it can hold without sinking.
- Paper Bridge: Build a bridge using paper, wooden blocks and paper clips. See how much weight it can hold before it collapses.
- Paper Tower: Design and build a tower at least 10 inches high using index cards and paper clips. See if your tower can withstand a weight placed on top. (Hint: You can fold the index cards into any shape you want to increase their strength.)
- Truss Bridge: Using West Point Bridge Designer software, design the least expensive truss bridge that will pass a simulated load test.
- Jenga: Build the tallest possible tower of blocks before the tower falls over.
- Dowels: Build structures with wooden dowel rods.
February 17: Engineering for Space with Space Racers™
1 pm: EPISODE 116 – A Simple Re-Quest & Hiding on Hyperion
1:45 pm: Episode 112 – Careering Off Course & Drifting
2:30 pm: Episode #117 – RoboCoach XL-5 & Trail Blazers
3:15 pm: Space Racers Band Performs
Join the SPACE RACERS™ creator, Richard Schweiger, for screenings, Q+A and hands-on activities, including stomp rockets to learn about engineering for space.
SPACE RACERS™ is a new animated preschool television program that follows young spaceship cadets as they soar through the Solar System, learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration, and the importance of working together as a team.
February 18: Nano Engineering
Nano Engineering Demo with NYSCI Explainers; 1:30 pm
Engineering occurs on different scales from large to very, very small. What is nano engineering and how does it impact our day-to-day lives? Learn from NYSCI Explainers.
Nano Engineering Activities: Gummy Capsules and Liquid Crystals; 2 – 4 pm
Watch liquid goo self assemble into a solid gel. Check out nano-crystals that change color when stimulated by energy. Learn how nano engineers use this technology to deliver medicine more effectively and improve picture quality on everyday electronics.
February 19: Wearable Engineering with Sibel Deren Guler
Meet Sibel Deren Guler, Creator of Invent-abling, at 1:30 pm
Hands–On Wearables Challenges with Sibel Deren Guler: 2 – 4 pm
Tech styles meet textiles! Explore the basics of wearable Eelectronics and learn how to make simple interfaces out of your clothes and accessories. Deren will be showcasing parts from her Invent-abling sets and leading a design challenge about the future of wearables. You can sketch out ideas and build basic prototypes with the materials provided. Participants can purchase individual parts to make a variety projects for a small materials fee.
February 20: Machine Engineering
Meet Sibel Deren Guler, creator of Invent-abling, at 1:30 pm
Hands–On Gear-based Challenges with Sibel Deren Guler: 2 – 4 pm
The new Invent-abling Motion Machine Kit will walk you through several common gear systems and show you how they work in different objects. Learn about mechanics and gears, and work to build your own machine using the motion kit and a few other simple parts. Free with NYSCI admission.