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Why Engineering?

from The National Building Museum

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Ever wonder how buildings stand up or what makes the electronics in our homes work? Join the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. for an exploration of engineering and the ways engineers affect the places we live, work, and play. Students will hear engineers explain the principles behind projects they completed in D.C and will learn about careers in engineering.completed in D.C. Through several interactive elements, students will learn about the importance of creative problem solving and careers in engineering.

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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

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10/23/2018 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM (Registration Deadline: 10/23/2018)
10/25/2018 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM (Registration Deadline: 10/25/2018)
11/30/2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM (Registration Deadline: 11/30/2018)
11/30/2018 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM (Registration Deadline: 11/30/2018)
12/20/2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM (Registration Deadline: 12/20/2018)
12/20/2018 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM (Registration Deadline: 12/20/2018)

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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.