Discover Engineering Family Day Celebrates 20th Anniversary at National
Building Museum on Saturday
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2013
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15,2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Would you like to meet an
astronaut, drive a car without sight and build your own helicopter? If so,
Discover Engineering Family Day at Washington's National Building Museum is
the place for you Saturday.
Family Day, celebrating its 20^th anniversary this year, draws 7,000-10,000
children, parents, teachers, engineers and technologists each year. It is
designed to introduce children – mostly in the 4- to 12-year-old range – to
the wonder of engineering and promote technological literacy. Guests will
learn how engineers are creative problem-solvers who help make the world a
safer, more enjoyable place to live.
Family Day (http://www.engineeringfamilyday.org/) is a program of the National
Engineers Week Foundation and kicks off EWeek activities in the nation's
capital. Nearly 30 exhibitors will be on hand to present basic science and
engineering principles through hands-on and mind-challenging activities.Dr.
Roger Crouch, a payload specialist on two Space Shuttle Columbia missions,
will sign autographs throughout the day.
The FOX 5 Morning News previewed Family Day on Thursday. The first segment
featured an event overview and robotics demonstration from Booz Allen
A Blind Driver Challenge simulator from the National Federation of the Blind
was highlighted next:
The third segment featured a discussion of the important contributions of
black engineers and a look at the Smart Grid from IEEE-USA:
The National Building Museum is at 401 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
(between 4^thand 5^thStreets). The museum does not have onsite parking, but
it is available nearby. Visitors are encouraged to use Metro's Red Line and
exit at the Judiciary Square Metro Station.
Discover Engineering Family Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is
free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
IEEE-USA helped launch the first Family Day in 1993. The major event sponsors
for 2013 are IEEE-USA, the National Building Museum, NCEES, Booz Allen
Hamilton, the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Engineers Week
IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy
interests of more than 205,000 engineering, computing and technology
professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.
Benefits of IEEE membership: www.ieee.org/join
Contact: Chris McManes, IEEE-USA Public Relations Manager, +1-202-530-8356,
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.