Learn about what engineers do by meeting six different engineers.
Visitors can use an interactive computer program that determines
bridge sag, and then test different bridge designs using a model
bridge with 0.6-meter beams.
Using a multimedia program, visitors can change simulated traffic
flow by adjusting the traffic-light timing at several intersections.
Dam the Creek
Visitors can learn first-hand at this build-it-yourself gravity
dam the trade-offs of cost and risk associated with preventing
flooding and generating electricity.
Catch the Wind
Using a visualization system of small air bubbles, visitors can
design an environment to protect a concert shell located on a
windy lake shore.
Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Visitors can experiment with different reinforcing rods as they
design structures built to withstand earthquake forces. On a shake
table, they can test these creations and see for themselves the
trade-offs between safety and materials.
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This component features a hydraulic system of clear pipes where
visitors can experiment with different filters to separate out
A sound-on-sound system allows visitors to experiment with sound
engineering by producing a story using a variety of sound effects.
Design the Plaza
Visitors can experiment with the trade-offs between aesthetics
and cost while designing patterns using tiles on a city plaza
Tech City Diner
This multimedia program shows how engineering methods can be applied
to non-engineering tasks, such as menu design.
Ask an Engineer
Visitors can watch a fast-paced 7-minute video narrated by children
that features engineers showing several ways in which they can
help society through their work.