Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference opens Thursday, January 10 through mid-March
Discover Tech, an interactive, all-ages exhibition exploring how technology and engineering contribute to solving national and global problems makes science fun with hands-on, multimedia activities on topics such as the creative and collaborative design process of engineering and how 21st-century technology (both high- and low-tech) contributes to engineering advances.
Discover Tech features a number of hands-on activities for people of all ages. These include a three-person quiz game where participants explore the engineering process while correcting misconceptions about what engineers really do, and a hands-on challenge in which visitors cooperate to build their own arch structure. At the Inventors Lab station, people can build a variety of electrical circuits, and at the Solar Power station they can explore how a solar panel actually works. A 42-inch interactive touch table includes an activity called “Game Changers” that presents critical engineering problems based on the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering. Exhibit visitors can view several inspirational videos showing members of Engineers Without Borders using their skills to profoundly improve the quality of life for communities in Central America, South America, Africa and Asia. They will also learn about the importance of energy in modern society. Through physical exertion activities, they will quickly understand how different types of light bulbs draw different amounts of power and how that power relates to light output.
Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Local sponsors include Quintus, Inc. and Friends of Camp Verde Library, Inc. Discover Tech is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.