The public is invited to join Kaleideum for a day of innovation at the museum during Kaleideum’s premiere Engineering Festival on Saturday, February 26, from 10 am-2 pm at Kaleideum North (400 W Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem, NC). The festival will cap off a weeklong celebration of engineering during National Engineers Week (February 20-26) — a week that is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.
“Our goal with the Engineering Festival is to highlight the contributions to society that engineers make while emphasizing the importance of learning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills,” said Elizabeth Dampier, Kaleideum Executive Director. “This event will showcase a wide variety of engineering firms, engineers, and students studying engineering along with their work while generating enthusiasm for engineering opportunities that exist in the local community.”
During the event, families can participate in hands-on engineering activities including a corrugated paper building challenge; explore robotics and drone demonstrations; take part in a STEM storytime and craft; and meet local engineers and learn more about careers in engineering. In addition, visitors will be able to visit the Acton Academy Children’s Business Fair at the museum from 10 am to Noon. The Children’s Business Fair is a showcase for young entrepreneurs ages 6 to 14. Children develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers during the one-day marketplace.
The Children’s Business Fair is a free showcase; however, to take part in the rest of the Engineering Festival or explore the museum, visitors must purchase a ticket or have a membership. To buy tickets to the museum for February 26, CLICK HERE. To purchase a membership, CLICK HERE.
Multiple sponsors contributed to the Engineering Festival and Prism, Kaleideum’s engineering and innovaton initiative, including the L. David Mounts Foundation, Collins Aerospace, WestRock, Cook Medical, Siemens, the Corning Foundation, Leap into Science Engineered by The Franklin Institute, Truist, and the HDR Foundation. “We are so grateful to all of the foundations and organizations that are working together to help Kaleideum cultivate a pervasive culture of engineering and innovation in our community through programming, events, camps, and other learning opportunities,” Dampier said. “We want to grow and hone the skills required to succeed in — and invent — future careers by laying the foundation for inspiring the successful engineers and innovators our society needs.”