Engineer It! Weekend

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August 22-23
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Join us for Engineer It! Weekend, Pacific Science Center’s first research weekend dedicated to connecting professional engineers and surveyors with the public for hands-on exploration of the science that designs, moves, builds and powers our society.

Design circuits and bridges, concoct scented bath fizz and experience enormous outdoor explosions. You’ll be able to build a car with K’Nex materials. Calculate the length of your stride, then use a compass and map to find the "X" in a rollicking hunt for X-Marks-The-Spot. Ever wonder how an internal combustion engine actually works? You’ll get an up-close and personal look at one in action and learn the fundamentals driving its operation. Electrical engineers will help you experiment with lasers, lenses and prisms and learn the basic components of a battery by creating one with your hands.

Along with tons of hands-on activities and engaging professionals, guests will marvel at mechanical engineer and original host of the PBS television show Design Squad, Nate Ball. Nate will demonstrate his invention 'The Ascender,' a rope-climbing device used by soldiers and rescue workers, as he ascends to the apex of one of our five 110 foot-tall arches. Check out Nate's invention in action in the video below.

Engineer It! Weekend is presented in partnership with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Admission is included with paid entry to Pacific Science Center and FREE for members.

Show Schedule


Participating Organizations

Participating Organizations

  • Applied Dexterity
  • Biomedical Engineering Society, University of Washington
  • Engineering for Kids - King County
  • Land Surveyors Association of Washington
  • Planetary Power and Planetary Resources
  • Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA)
  • Pacific Science Center
    • Science On Wheels
    • Youth & Family Programs
    • Science Interpretation Program
  • Puget Sound Engineering Council
  • Seattle CoderDojo
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Structural Engineers Association of Washington
  • Tau Beta Pi, University of Washington
  • University of Washington, Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Washington FIRST Robotics
  • Washington Future City Competition
  • Western Washington ASME