This Saturday (15 February) several BIG RED DOG employees and the Young Member Forum and general population of the Austin branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) volunteered to help teach children about engineering at the Thinkery; Austin’s new state-of-the-art children’s museum. A t the event children learned about engineering and how it can relate to everyday life. Through fun activities like a spaghetti and marshmallow truss bridge, a newspaper tower, and a paper helicopter the event exposed Austin area children to the concepts such as statics, forces, and flight all while having a great time at the museum.
The Thinkery estimated over 500 children attend this event. During their time in the museum they received a plastic yellow hard hat and a set of tasks for the day. At each station they would build different models with the help of volunteer engineers from the ASCE and their parents, and after successful completion received a sticker on their task tracker. After completing all stations the children received a goody bag.
This event served as the beginning event for Engineer’s Week in Austin, and the ASCE will have other events throughout town this week including the Engineer Week Banquet at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Austin. This was the 12th annual E-week event at the children’s museum, and they will be volunteering at this event next year; more information can be found at their website here.