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Why Engineering?

from The National Building Museum

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Ever wonder how buildings stand up? Ever wonder what makes the air conditioning in our homes work?  Ever wonder why skyscrapers are so tall? Join the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. for an exploration into engineering. Take a look at engineers and their impact on the places where we live, work, and play. These problem solvers are always curious about the world. Are you? Through a series of interviews with engineers and fun design challenges, you will learn about careers in engineering in this interactive STE(A)M program. 

Distance learning programs at the National Building Museum are generously supported by the United Engineering Foundation.

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

no maximum

Primary Disciplines

Industrial Technology, Fine Arts, Career Education, Mathematics, Sciences, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact The National Building Museum

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The National Building Museum

Washington, DC
United States

Youth Groups
202 272 2448

Program Details


1. TALK: engineering careers and design process
2. VIDEO: Spotlight on an Engineer
3. THINK: quick design challenge
4. ACTIVITY: Step-by-Step DEMO


During the program, students will:
• learn about engineering and its disciplines with an emphasis on real-life applications
• get a behind-the-scenes look into the work of engineers with an emphasis on projects in Washington DC
• engage in several quick challenges using the engineering design process

Standards Alignment

National Standards

3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.