Local organizations provide engineering fun for youth at Discovery Center Feb. 16

Staff Report

Computer science engineers are working on robots so tiny they might eventually fit INSIDE the human body. They are also developing cutting-edge music software.

Hard to believe? Not if you’re an engineer. Biomedical engineers develop artificial lenses that restore sight to the blind; environmental engineers find ways to clean up our oceans and rivers; agricultural and biomedical engineers design methods of keeping harmful microorganisms out of our food supply.

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 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, to celebrate National Engineers’ Week, Feb. 16-22.

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. Set your brain for “try-it mode,” conquer fun challenges, operate robots built by local middle school and high school robotics teams, and more! Twenty-five different companies and groups will be represented, including UTC, Eclipse, Underwriter’s Laboratory, Universal Hovercraft, NIU College of Engineering, Aqua-Aerobics, TAC Rockford, Byron Nuclear Power Plant, Packaging Coordinators, four engineering societies and more.

Discover Engineering is sponsored by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers-Rockford Chapter and TAC Rockford. 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.

Discovery Center is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. Call (815) 963-6769 or visit discoverycentermuseum.org for more details.

Posted Feb. 12, 2014

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