Ignite your child’s inner engineer – or yours

Carnegie Science Center celebrates National Engineers



Celebrate National Engineers Week by coming to Carnegie Science Center for Engineer the Future from Thursday, Feb. 22—Saturday, Feb. 24.

With dozens of hands-on activities that are fun for children, teens and adults, Engineer the Future, powered by the EQT Foundation and sponsored by Wish 99.7 FM, introduces visitors to different types of engineers and what they do. The weekday dates are focused on field trips for middle and high schoolers, but visitors on those days are welcome to participate in many of the activities. The Saturday activities are geared to families.

Activities might include:

  • Playing Sphero Bowling by coding Sphero robots to roll around the floor and knock over various items, courtesy of Carnegie STEM Girls.  
  • Making high-bounce balls with volunteers from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  • Building a racecar with a clothespin, straw, twist ties, and buttons and seeing how fast it goes, thanks to The Frick Pittsburgh.
  • Learning about electrical safety from Eaton by seeing how a circuit breaker works and how an overloaded outlet can cause the circuit breaker to trip. 
  • Creating a clay boat designed to hold as much weight as possible and testing it with pennies under the supervisions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Forming paper bridge piers and trying to outwit “The Crusher” from HDR, which demonstrates the amount of deflection—the degree to which a structural element is displaced under a load—of a “bridge deck” with piers vs. without piers and local deflection between piers.

Representatives of local companies, colleges, and universities will be on site to present activities and talk about their work.

Engineer the Future is from 10 am—3 pm each day, and the activities are included with general admission. For more information, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.