The exhibit at The New Children’s Museum features interactive exhibits based on solving real-world engineering problems.
Submitted by The New Children’s Museum
With the cooler weather now upon us and families looking for indoor activities, The New Children’s Museum of West Hartford offers the perfect solution. Among the several interactive exhibits, the Museum has now opened Tech City, an exhibit in which the child becomes the engineer and is encouraged to invent, design, create and build.
The museum’s latest exhibit features several interactive activity stations that allow visitors to solve real-world problems that engineers face each day.
Visitors can build a structure that will hold up under the force of an earthquake, use a computer program to adjust the flow of traffic and stop a traffic jam, produce their own recordings using a variety of sound effects, and dam a creek to prevent flooding. These activities, among others, encourage an understanding of the natural world and devising solutions based on human needs and issues.
The goal of Tech City is to encourage all young visitors, especially girls and underrepresented groups, to consider engineering careers. Diverse role models, videos and other media, combined with hands on exhibits and programming, encourage problem-solving techniques and thinking.
The New Children’s Museum is positioned as a premier STEAM education center, integrating science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Home to over 100 live animals, the Museum features hands-on science exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows, and programs for young children and families.
The New Children’s Museum and Roaring Brook Nature Center are the region’s premiere destinations for science and nature exploration. The New Children’s Museum and Preschool are located at 950 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford and Roaring Brook Nature Center is located at 70 Gracey Road in Canton. More information is available at www.TheChildrensMuseumCT.org.