SEATTLE, Jan. 28, 2016--On Feb. 6 two free, perennial events provide a wonderland and haven for young geeks when the Popsicle Bridge Building Contest and the Engineer Fair return to the Museum. The remarkably rambunctious Bridge Contest is held in our theater, and is a great spectacle for families. The Engineering Fair is one-stop shopping for answers to kids questions about technical careers, and fair activities are curiously fun.
Popsicle Bridge Contest
Passions run high on Saturday morning, as teams of high school students from around Puget Sound compete to have their dreams shattered in front of a large audience of parents and peers. It is all engineered for good fun at the annual Popsicle Bridge Building Contest, sponsored by the Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Competitors must design and build small bridges that are strong and aesthetically pleasing while using only Popsicle sticks and white glue. The bridges are judged for creativity, and then subjected to the pressures of a hydraulic press until they snap. The longest-lasting and most original structures win. Event runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., free.
Puget Sound Engineering Council Engineering Fair
The universal span of engineering is demonstrated at The Puget Sound Engineering Council's annual Engineering Fair at The Museum of Flight. Youths interested in engineering can learn all about exciting career opportunities by talking to professionals in the field including those from NASA, Boeing and universities. Student clubs will be in force, and there are plenty of hands-on activities for young children. The event is free, and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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2016 Boeing Centennial Recognition
The Museum of Flight draws upon its unrivaled collection of Boeing aircraft, artifacts, images and documents to present The Boeing Company story during the year of its centennial, 2016. The Museum-wide Boeing recognition will be enhanced with public lectures, films and other presentations that focus on Seattle and popular culture during the past century.
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