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Engineers Make a World of Difference

An Interactive Exhibit for Children, Teens and Adults
September 29, 2012 - November 27,2012
Downtown Library

The Exhibit 

Programs for Kids

Programs for Adults and Teens


Discover Tech - The Exhibit

Robotic ArmDiscover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference is an exciting new traveling exhibit for libraries. With specific examples, the exhibit shows that engineering provides solutions to better meet everyday needs and that it can develop sustainable innovations for the future. The hands-on nature of the exhibit will inspire a better understanding and interest for the engineering in our lives.  Accompanying programs (see below) enhance the principles illustrated in the exhibit.

We see the work that engineers have done all around us. From the Roman aqueducts to the very bridges that take us across the Spokane River, engineering is in objects we use every day. From large to super tiny - engineering plays a part in everything.

Think. Build. Explore. The exhibit’s hands-on activities are designed for people of all ages to explore how engineering affects the world around them.


Discover Tech Programs for Kids

The interactive exhibit alone is a kid’s dream come true, but we’ve planned a series of programs that complement the exhibit and bring greater understanding to it.  Join us for these programs that are appropriate for school-aged children (grades K-9).

Discover Tech - Arch buildingBuild-A-Palooza - Bridge Edition 

How are we going to cross the river? By building a bridge, of course! We’ll have the materials, you bring the creativity and we will work on our engineering designs.

Saturday, September 29, Downtown, 11:30 a.m.,  1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 4, South Hill, 4-5 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10, Indian Trail, 4-5 p.m.
Thursday, October 11, Hillyard, 4-5 p.m.
Thursday, October 11, Shadle, 4-5 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, Downtown, 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 18, East Side, 4-5 p.m.

Power It Up! 
How does electricity light up the world around us? Join the party to build a wind turbine model and explore squishy circuits. 

Wednesday, November 7, Indian Trail, 4-5 p.m.
Thursday, November 8, Hillyard, 4-5 p.m.
Thursday, November 8, South Hill, 4-5 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, Downtown, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 14, East Side, 4-5 p.m.
Thursday, November 15, Shadle, 4-5 p.m.

solar street lightIf You Build It They Will Come
The ups, downs, curves and twists of engineering and building a cool park. You can attend one or two or the complete series of these after-school programs that take into account the various steps involved with engineering and building a park. 

All programs will be held at the Downtown Library from 4-6 p.m. Dates are as follows:

Monday, October 1: Think!  What goes into the park of your dreams?

Monday, October 8: Build!  What moves faster?  Simple machines that make our lives better and faster
Monday, October 15: Test!  Balance makes things better – and more fun too.
Monday, October 22: Experiment!  What simple machine can be fun to slide down and hold things together too?
Monday, October 29: Power it up!  Getting power to your park.
Monday, November 5: Squishy Circuits!  Now that there is power, how do we get the power to the things that move and light up?
Monday, November 12: Filter it out!  Parks need water.  How can we keep it clean?
Monday, November 19: Do it Again!  Plan the park of your dreams and Think, Build, Test and Do it Again to find out what works the best. 


Discover Tech Programs for Adults

If you care about your community or just want to learn more about the ways that engineering interacts with your surroundings and, sometimes even, you, then these informative programs are just the thing.

Engineering Spokane

Saturday, September 29, Downtown, 11:30 a.m. 

Engineering is involved in nearly every aspect of what makes Spokane, “Near Nature, Near Perfect.” A panel of engineers from private sector (McKinstry), Industry (Avista Corporation - Renewable Energy Generation), Education (Gonzaga University: School of Engineering) and Government (City of Spokane) will discuss some of Spokane’s past projects and talk about what engineering is doing to make Spokane not just a great, livable city but also a desirable city for new residents and businesses.

stormwater photoThe Trickle-down Effect: Spokane’s Storm Water
Tuesday, October 2, Downtown, 6:30 p.m. 

What happens when it rains in Spokane? Where does the rain go? What does it take with it? Oil from the streets, fertilizers from your lawn? Where do those chemicals go and how do we keep them out of Spokane’s showpiece - the Spokane River? Join Mike Taylor, Director of Engineering Services for the City of Spokane for this informative talk.

Medical Engineering: Bodies and Machines Working Together
Wednesday, October 17, Downtown, 6:30 p.m. 

What do implanted medical devices, the fine motor skills of Parkinson’s patients and continuous glucose monitors all have in common? Medical engineering. This important science means improved quality of life for millions of people. Learn more about this science that seems to make magic for the patients whose lives it touches.

Many thanks to the speakers: 

Aaron Fielder, Research Information Volunteer, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Inland Northwest Branch
David Lin, PhD, WSU Bioengineering Department
Christoper Coppin, MD, PhD, WSU Bioengineering Department, UW Medical School




Spokane Public Library is honored to host the Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference exhibit.  We are grateful to all those involved in writing the grant to bring the exhibit to Spokane. Tincan’s partnership and expertise to present the exhibit and programs is invaluable.

Above all, we are thankful to the sponsors of Discover Tech and the American Library Association for providing this opportunity.

Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning. Exhibit partners include the Lunar and Planetary Institute, the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the American Library Association. Discover Tech is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

City of Spokane


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