By Gabriel Smith
Have you ever wondered how bridges are built? How about how the engine in a car can propel it forward? Do you think about what makes it so that the lights in the very building you’re in can turn, or do you wonder how a spaceship can make its way all the way to the moon? The answer is engineers.
Engineers haven’t just played a part in those things either, they are also involved in such amazing feats such as creating nanobots that can enter the human body and target disease. Whether it be nanotechnology, the telephone, the internet, or any of the structures and devices in your home that you’re familiar with, engineers have played a crucial role in the development of it all, and they are still coming up with new ideas to further improve the quality of our day to day lives.
As amazing as all of that is, the unfortunate truth is that there is a shortage youth pursuing and entering the field of engineering, which is why it’s important now more than ever to inspire young people to travel this path and build for the future. Even right here in the Rockford area, companies are having a hard time finding new engineers.
Feb. 19-25 is National Engineers Week. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., is hosting an event to showcase the exciting world of engineering. “Discover Engineering” will feature engineers from 20 local companies and engineering societies, as well as local student robotics clubs, providing demonstrations, hands-on activities and general information about careers in engineering.
The event is from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will feature activities appropriate for elementary through high school age children and their families. All activities are included with museum admission: $8 per person for the public and free to Discovery Center members.
For more information visit discoverycentermuseum.org.