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Discovery Carts

Discover your inner engineer!

 
The Museum's hands-on, instructive Discovery Carts offer educational fun for the entire family. For groups interested in scheduling a custom Discovery Cartreserve online.

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The Museum's "Bridging the Gap" Discovery Cart.
Photo by Kevin Allen.

Bridging the Gap

During this interactive demonstration, participants learn about basic forces that inpact structures, the five different types of bridges and their advantages and disadvantages, and how bridges are applied in real world situations.

Most appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Bridging the Gap Discovery Cart is offered on the 1st and 3rd Sunday and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, pending docent availability. Discovery Carts are also available as a custom tour, see the Custom Tour page for more information.
 

 

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The Museum's "Arches and Trusses: The Tension Builds" Discovery Cart. Photo by F.T. Eyre.

Arches and Trusses: The Tension Builds

Discover how building forces, materials, and structures affect strength and longevity. Participants test different building materials and work together to build an arch.

Most appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Arches and Trusses Discovery Cart is offered on the 2nd and 4th Sunday and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, pending docent availability. Discovery Carts are also available as a custom tour, see the Custom Tour page for more information.

 

 

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The Museum's "The Three Little Pigs and Building Materials" Discovery Cart.
Photo by Museum staff.

The Three Little Pigs Build a House

Hear the story of the Three Little Pigs and learn about the basic parts of a house and some of the matierials that can be used to build. Currently only available as a custom tour, see the Custom Tour page for more information.

Most appropriate for ages 3-5.

The Three Little Pigs Build a House Discovery Cart is currently only available by reservation. Reserve online now.

 

Discovery carts are subject to cart docent availability. Please call 202.272.2448 to check your selected date.