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Tech City, Where Engineering is FUNdamental

January 10, 2012

The fundamentals of engineering will be displayed at the “Tech City” exhibit, featuring 12 interactive activity stations and exhibits that allow visitors to solve real world problems that engineers face each day.  The 3,000 square foot exhibit opened February 4, 2012, at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque.

“Tech City” provides visitors with an opportunity to spend time in many realms of the world of engineering. While designed primarily for 8-13 year-olds, the exhibit gives all visitors a chance to practice the steps in the engineering process: design, build, test, and modify.

“This exhibit is a perfect fit for a technically active city like Albuquerque,” said Jim Walther, Director of the Museum. “We know our guests will appreciate seeing, touching, and hearing about the many wonders of engineering when they visit the Museum.”

The activity stations offer a multitude of engineering situations, including:

• Build a structure that will hold up under the force of an earthquake. Design a building using blocks, set the strength of the quake, and then watch to see if the building remains standing or falls down. 
• Everyone hates being stuck in traffic. At the “Traffic Jam” exhibit, visitors use a computer program to adjust simulated traffic flow by changing the timing of traffic lights at several intersections. 
• Sing a song. Tell a story. Visitors experiment with sound engineering and produce their own recordings using a variety of sound effects. Visitors can record three individual tracks and then play them back simultaneously.

The exhibition was developed by the Sciencenter and Cornell University with funding from the National Science Foundation. Sponsors of the traveling exhibit are Raytheon/Ktech, PNM, and Sandia National Laboratories. “Tech City” will be on display at the Museum through April, 2012. Reservations

“Zoom into Engineering and Science,” an annual family event at the Museum, will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2012; it will provides even further understanding of the world of engineering. Admission to both “Tech City” and “Zoom” is included in the price of admission to the Museum.

Group of 10 or more can reserve a tour for “Zoom” and “Tech City”. These should be booked in advance by calling the Museum at 505-245-2137, extension 103; groups can visit for $5 per person.

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