Local organizations provide engineering fun for youth at Discovery Center

Online Staff Report

Computer science engineers are working on robots so tiny they might eventually fit INSIDE the human body. Hard to believe? Not if you’re an engineer.

Cars are safer, medical tests are more accurate, and computers and cell phones are a lot more fun, all thanks to engineers.

Local engineering feats will be showcased at Discovery Center Museum — inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford — from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, to celebrate National Engineers’ Week, which runs Feb. 17 -23.

Discover Engineering offers elementary and middle school-age children and their families the opportunity to take part in numerous experiments and hands-on activities such as designing and testing catapults, helicopters, paper plate spinners and more.

Engineers from local companies, along with members of the local professional engineering societies, will be on hand to provide demonstrations, hands-on activities and general information.

Cost for visitors is included with admission to the museum — $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; and free to museum members and children age 1 and younger. For more details, call (815) 963-6769 or visit discoverycentermuseum.org.

Posted Feb. 13, 2013

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