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Discover Engineering Family Day

Become an engineer for a day!


February 28, 2015

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 an idea into reality. Celebrate National Engineers Week by participating in this free, hands-on, and fun-filled festival.

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. 

Visitors to the 2014 Discover Engineering Family Day were able to:

  • Meet astronaut Dr. Robert Crouch
  • See engineer Nate Ball, co-host of PBS' Design Squad Nation, demonstrate the Atlas Power Ascender
  • Make slime
  • Control a robot
  • Build a skyscraper
  • Catapult a Ping Pong ball
  • Test the strength of a building in a tsunami
  • Meet Curious George and Cat in the Hat from WETA and PBSKids


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. 


IEEE USA  DuPont Logo 2013

 Booz Allen Hamilton logo


 Northrop Grumman Foundation logo

Major support for Discover Engineering Family Day is provided by DuPont, IEEE-USA, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Additional support is provided by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Bechtel, DiscoverE, the National Science Foundation, NCEES, Semiconductor Industry Association, Curious George / PBS Kids, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - National Capital Section, NCC-ASHRAE, and Atlas.