"Invent Amazing" Theme for Engineering Week 2019

February 11, 2019

Amazeum Celebrates Everyday Innovations during Engineering Week

National Engineering Week is February 17 to 23


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (February 11, 2019) — The Scott Family Amazeum celebrates Engineering Week, February 17 to 23, with special pop-up activities that showcase the everyday innovations created by engineers. The Amazeum’s team of play facilitators created many of the interactive experiences aligned to the week’s theme of “Invent Amazing.” 

When people think of engineers and engineering, most often they think of amazing inventions like driverless vehicles, skyscrapers, space flight, and transportation infrastructure. It’s easy to forget about the amazing inventions we take for granted every day like clean water at the turn of a tap and electricity at the flip of a switch. During Engineering Week, the team at the Amazeum designed hands-on activities to help guests think about engineering as a process for creatively solving problems to make life better. 

The Amazeum is a place where guests experience science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) every day in the permanent exhibits. Engineering Week is a time to focus on engineering and show how all the disciplines are integrated. On the museum floor, guests find pop-up activities created and facilitated by Amazeum Play Facilitators that feature various engineering disciplines. Activities in the 3M Tinkering Hub focus on hydraulics and fluid dynamics.    

In addition to activities created by the Amazeum team, two Community Spotlights are planned featuring local engineers. The first, during Priceless Night on Wednesday, February 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, brings engineers from Ozark STEM Foundation, Walmart, and the Tech Hogs from Springdale Schools to the Amazeum to introduce computer science and robotics. On Saturday, February 23, from 11 am to 1 pm, the University of Arkansas Electrical Engineering Department brings an array of electrical devices to demonstrate the power of electricity and electromagnetism. It’s a truly electrifying experience.

Access to Community Spotlights is included in paid daily admission or membership. Admission to the Amazeum is $9.50 for adults and children aged 2 and older. On Wednesday during Priceless Night, families can pay-as-they-wish for admission to the museum and from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. For more information on events at the Amazeum, visit amazeum.org.  

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About the Scott Family Amazeum

The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) activities for families. Located at the intersection of J Street and Museum Way in Bentonville, the Amazeum experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, the 3M Tinkering Hub, Hershey’s Lab, Nickelodeon PlayLab, the Market sponsored by Walmart and one acre of outdoor space. For more information about the museum, visit amazeum.org.