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Discover Engineering Family Day

Become an engineer for a day!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

10 am–4:30 pm, FREE

Every February, the National Building Museum and the National Engineers Week Foundation invite you to debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn ideas into reality. Celebrate Engineers Week by participating in this free, hands-on, and fun-filled festival. Explore thermodynamics, electricity, aerodynamics, and more with engineers at more than 25 activity tables and demonstrations made especially for kids.

Discover Engineering Family Day is a FREE, drop-in program. $5 donation suggested. Program and activities are most appropriate for children ages 6 to 12 with adult supervision. Registration is not required. 

This year at Discover Engineering Family Day:

  • MEET a test pilot, an astronaut, and engineers galore!
  • MAKE slime!
  • DISSECT household devices!
  • CATAPAULT a Ping Pong ball!
  • TEST paper airplanes in a wind tunnel!


Activities at the Festival may assist Scouts in fulfilling some requirements for the following Badges:

  • Tiger Cub Scouts: Make a Model
  • Wolf Cub Scouts: Family Fun, Spare-Time Fun, and Machine Power
  • Bear Cub Scouts: Family Fun, Build-a-Model, and Aircraft
  • WEBELOS: Craftsman, Engineer, and Scientist
  • Boy Scouts: Engineering
  • Brownie Girl Scouts: Building Art, Science in Action, Listening to the Past
  • Junior Girl Scouts: Aerospace, Science Discovery, Discovering Technology, Sky Search, Careers

Visit the Discover Engineering Family Day website to learn more about the festival. 


     DiscoverE Foundation
 IEEEUSA-Logo-CMYK  Northrop Grumman Foundation   


As well as ASHRAE, the American Society of Civil Engineers; Bechtel; NCEES; the National Science Foundation; and WETA Kids.