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Annual Engineering Fair and Popsicle Bridge Competition at Museum Feb. 13

Date: 
02/02/2010
National Engineers Week celebration with special events and family activities 
 
SEATTLE, Feb. 1, 2010--The Museum of Flight celebrates the 54th annual National Engineers Week with the Puget Sound Engineering Council Engineering Fair and the popular, American Society of Civil Engineers Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest. These events are geared toward grade school and high school students and their parents. 
 
Puget Sound Engineering Council Engineering Fair
Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Side Gallery
On Saturday, Feb.14 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Museum of Flight and the Puget Sound Engineering Council host an Engineering Fair that features the entire span of engineering disciplines. Learn about the exciting opportunities in engineering careers from representatives from the local chapters of national engineering societies. Several university engineering departments and student clubs will also be participating. Fair participants will help with many family activities. The fair will be in the Museum's Side Gallery. Admission is free to this event only; tickets are required for other Museum exhibits and events.
 
 
15th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition
Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 a.m. - Noon, William M. Allen Theater

The Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers will hold the 14th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition Feb. 13 in the WilliamM.AllenTheater. This yearly contest is meant to introduce youth to the fun and challenges of civil engineering. For the competition, teams of local high school students will bring bridges they built that are strong, efficient, aesthetically pleasing and made of only Popsicle sticks and white glue. After the initial judging, each bridge is brought into the auditorium where cheering fans and foes watch it tested to the breaking point with a hydraulic press. The winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m. The event is free with Museum admission.
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The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red BarnĀ® -- the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The J. Elroy McCaw Personal Courage Wing displays 28 World War I and World War II aircraft from the United States and other countries including Germany, Russia, and Japan. Over 30 aircraft representing the first century of aviation are displayed in the all-glass T.A. Wilson Great Gallery. The evolution of space flight and a look into the future are presented in the exhibit, Space: Exploring the New Frontier. The Airpark includes outdoor displays including the first jet Air Force One, a supersonic Concorde airliner and the prototype Boeing 747 jumbo jet. Interactive displays in The Flight Zone provide educational and entertaining activities for young children. The Museum's aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. More than 140,000 students are served annually by the Museum's on-site and outreach educational programs--the most extensive museum-based youth aviation and space education program in the country. The Museum is the only air and space museum in Washington State that is both nationally accredited with the American Association of Museums and a Smithsonian affiliate.
 
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $8 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org
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