Year of the Engineer

An initiative celebrating the creativity and imagination of engineers

With the demand for engineers expected to grow as much as 10 percent in the next 10 years, we hope to expose children, students and families to the excitement of engineering and inspire them to become the problem solvers of the future. Throughout the 2017-18 school year, our goal is to work with 250 engineers to provide 2,500 experiences that touch 250,000 people.

The Year of the Engineer starts off with the opening of an all-new lab Thinker Space and state-of-the-art exhibition Think It Up, along with the premiere of Dream Big: Engineering Our World on the IMAX Dome Theatre.

Be sure to check out signature events throughout the year, including the third annual Charlotte Mini Maker Faire on October 14, and Year of the Engineer Saturday Workshops starting September 2, 2017.

Year of the Engineer Lead Partner:

Albemarle Foundation

Year of the Engineer Program Partners:

-Balfour Beatty     -Bank of America     -Duke Energy

-Ingersoll Rand       -Little      -Lowe's     -Rodgers


Grades 5 - 8

3D Drawing and Printing Workshop

Go in-depth with 3D drawing and rapid prototyping

Grades 5 - 8

Grades 5 - 8

Advanced Robotics

Get an introduction to writing programs for LEGO® EV3 robots

Grades 5 - 8

Grades 9 - 12

Biochemistry of Cells

How does structure affect the function of biomolecules?

Grades 9 - 12

Grades 9 - 12

Biotechnology in Action

Explore the concept of bacterial transformation & learn about biotechnology

Grades 9 - 12

Grades 3 - 9

Energetic Contraptions

Design, build and test your very own mini-catapult

Grades 3 - 9

Pre K - Grade 2

Engineering 1, 2, 3

Find out what it’s like to be an engineer through hands-on challenges

Pre K - Grade 2

Grades 4 - 7

Force and Motion

Experiment with Newton’s Laws of Motion

Grades 4 - 7

Grades 4 - 9

Intro to Electroplating

Can you push ions around with electricity?

Grades 4 - 9

Grades 4 - 9

Intro to Microcomputers & Microcontrollers

Get hands-on with Makey Makey, Ardunio and Raspberry Pi

Grades 4 - 9

Grades 3 - 9

Motors, Circuits & Art

Make a DrawBot with batteries, motors and circuits

Grades 3 - 9

Grade 4

Ohm My Circuits

Learn the difference between static and current electricity

Grade 4

Grade 7

Simple Machines

Learn mechanics through activities using gears and levers

Grade 7

Grade 7

Take a Cell-fie

Explore the makeup and function of human cells

Grade 7

Grades 7 - 12

Tools of the Trade

Explore different facets of the biotechnology industry

Grades 7 - 12

Grades 5 - 8

Workshop: Robotics

Take the robot challenge in a 6-week intensive Workshop

Grades 5 - 8

Featured Lab

Thinker Space

Design, create and innovate in an all-new workshop for the maker in all of us

Live Show

Global Soundscapes

Explore our amazing planet through sound

Featured IMAX

Dream Big

Now showing in the IMAX Dome Theatre

Grades 5 - 8

Workshop: 3D Drawing & Printing

Utilize 3D drawing software and a rapid prototype machine to duplicate a real-world object

Grades 5 - 8

Friday, September 01

Featured Live Show

Character Portrayal

Hear stories of da Vinci from historical figures who knew him​

Event

Building da Vinci’s Machines

Assemble some of Leonardo da Vinci's more famous creations.

Mon | April 23, 2018
Event

The da Vinci Bridge

Learn how to make da Vinci's self-supporting bridge

Wed | April 25, 2018
Event

Air da Vinci

Create your own da Vinci inspired flying machine and put it to the test

Tue | April 24, 2018
Event

Da Vinci’s Engineering Challenge

Can you build a structure that can withstand a siege machine?

Sat | April 28, 2018
Event

Flying Monkeys

Create a flying machine with a twist -- a barrel of monkeys

Mon | April 23, 2018

Grades 6 - 8

Intro to Soldering

Make a durable electrical circuit that you can wear

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, April 23

Grades 5 - 8

Workshop: Human Anatomy with Dissections

Discover how the body is divided into different systems and the organs that belong to them

Grades 5 - 8

Friday, May 04

Grades 5 - 8

Workshop: Robotics

Explore robotics from the ground up

Grades 5 - 8

Friday, May 04

Event

Engineer in Residence Workshop: Hydroponics

Can you design and engineer a soil-less crop system?

Sat | May 05, 2018
Event

Merit Badge Workshop: Space Exploration

Collaborate with other Boy Scouts and Discovery Place Science educators to earn your Space Exploration Merit Badge

Sat | May 05, 2018

Grades 6 - 8

Science of Weaponry

Explore historic battles, weaponry development & defense tactics

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, May 07

Event

Takeover Days: Charlotte Water

A day of hands-on activities, crafts & water experiments

Sat | May 12, 2018

Grades 6 - 8

Experimental Archaeology

Reverse engineer artifacts excavated from archaeological sites

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, May 21

Event

Engineer in Residence Workshop: Computer Engineering

What can robots do in the real world, and how can they help humans?

Sat | June 02, 2018
Event

Merit Badge Workshop: Electronics

Collaborate with other Boy Scouts and Discovery Place Science educators to earn your Electronics Merit Badge

Sun | June 03, 2018

Grades 6 - 8

Biotechnology in Action

Learn how scientists use biotechnology to transform bacteria

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, June 04

Grades 3 - 5

Electricity and Magnetism

Discover how magnets interact with other objects through electrifyingly fun activities

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, June 04

Grades 6 - 8

Engineering for Natural Disasters

Can you construct a building that can withstand an earthquake?

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, June 04

Grades K - 2

Small Science

Experiment with things too small to see

Grades K - 2

Monday, June 04

Grades 3 - 5

Basic Robotics

Turn a box of parts into a working ambulatory robot that performs a set task

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, June 11

Grades K - 2

Engineering 1, 2, 3

Find out what it’s like to be an engineer

Grades K - 2

Monday, June 11

Grades 6 - 8

Make a Robotic Hand

Make a prosthetic hand or limb out of various materials

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, June 11

Event

Merit Badge Workshop: Engineering

Collaborate with other Boy Scouts and Discovery Place Science educators to earn your Engineering Merit Badge

Sat | August 25, 2018
Event

Merit Badge Workshop: Robotics

Collaborate with other Boy Scouts and Discovery Place Science educators to earn your Robotics Merit Badge

Sat | September 22, 2018
Event

Merit Badge Workshop: Space Exploration

Collaborate with other Boy Scouts and Discovery Place Science educators to earn your Space Exploration Merit Badge

Sun | September 23, 2018
Event

Merit Badge Workshop: Programming

Collaborate with other Boy Scouts and Discovery Place Science educators to earn your Programming Merit Badge

Sat | November 03, 2018
Event

Merit Badge Workshop: Sustainability

Collaborate with other Boy Scouts and Discovery Place Science educators to earn your Sustainability Merit Badge

Sun | December 02, 2018

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