Monday, March 07, 2011

Carnegie Museum to host Family Engineering Night Mar. 8

HOUGHTON -- The Carnegie Museum is teaming up with the Michigan Tech Family Engineering Program to offer a Family Engineering Night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton.

"Our goal is to expose youngsters to engineering," explains Joan Chadde, education program coordinator for the Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education. "We're excited to try out some of the new activities we've developed at Michigan Tech, through the Family Engineering Program funded by the National Science Foundation."

Parents and children in grades one to six are invited to participate. Admission is free. Parking is available behind the building or in the city lot across Montezuma Street.

The evening will start with tabletop activities that families can do on their own -- Thrillseekers, Diving Board Dominoes, Turn up the Sound and Who Engineered It.

Next, families will participate in two engineering challenges: "Bright Ideas in Electricity," where family teams design a flashlight, and "Five Points Traffic Jam," where family teams design a safer traffic intersection.

"We are happy to host a Family Engineering Night to go along with this month's engineering theme," adds Elise Nelson, museum director. "It's an opportunity for parents and kids to spend a fun evening learning together."

The Carnegie Museum is located in the former Portage Lake District Library building on the corner of Huron and Montezuma streets.

The Family Fun Night can also be found on Facebook. "Like" the page and get up-to-date information on programs and events at the Carnegie Museum. The Facebook page can be accessed even if you do not have an account.

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