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Center Explores Engineering with Interactive Exhibit

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Invent, design, create and build with the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center’s (EHC) newest special exhibition Tech City, on display beginning Sept. 29, 2014.

The Tech City exhibit – developed by the Sciencenter and Cornell University with funding from the National Science Foundation – explores the many ways the challenges of urban life are met and solved by engineers and the engineering process. The exhibit will be the largest traveling exhibition the EHC has hosted since its opening.

The multiple interactive stations in the exhibit have been designed to address the common human needs of those who inhabit a typical city. Presented with various challenges, visitors will solve real world problems engineers face every day. The exhibit also exposes visitors to the many different fields that engineering encompasses and encourages them to consider engineering as a possible career path.

Designed for families and family learning, the interactive stations in Tech City include activities like damming a creek, designing a plaza, testing a building against an earthquake, providing clean water and building a bridge. Throughout the exhibit, participants unravel these and many other challenges using the engineering method.

“STEM (science – technology – engineering – math) continues to be a priority in today’s school curriculum,” said Jason West, the EHC’s director of programming. “This exhibit helps students connect to engineering principles by presenting engineering simply as a problem solving process which balances goals with constraints.” 

Tech City will be at the EHC until January 5, 2015. The exhibit is sponsored locally by Holtkamp Heating and Air Conditioning and the EHC Foundation. Entry to the exhibit is included in the price of admission. For more information about the exhibit and the EHC, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.