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 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

Air da Vinci

Create your own da Vinci inspired flyer and put it to the test in our Flutter Tubes

Featured Live Show

Are You da Vinci's Vitruvian Man?

Learn to calculate the Golden Ratio & explore some surprising examples

Featured Live Show

Building da Vinci’s Machines

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

Featured Live Show

Character Portrayal

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

Featured Live Show

Da Vinci’s Engineering Challenge

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

Featured Live Show

Flying Monkeys

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

Event

Magnify It

Use recycled items to make your own magnifying glass

Sat | November 25, 2017
Event

Mechanical Advantage

How do simple machines make our lives easier?

Sat | November 25, 2017
Featured Live Show

Simple Machines

Many of da Vinci's inventions have inspired machines in today's world

Featured Live Show

The da Vinci Bridge

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

Featured Live Show

Writing Like da Vinci

Can you crack the da Vinci code?

Grades 6 - 8

Aerospace II

Delve into aerodynamics and the engineering skills needed to create flight

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, November 20

Grades 3 - 5

Construct a Car

Use your understanding of physics & aerodynamics to design the fastest car you can

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, November 20

Event

Engineer in Residence Workshop: LED Holiday Card

Make your own light-up holiday card

Sat | December 02, 2017
Event

Merit Badge Workshop: Electronics

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

Sun | December 03, 2017
Event

Merit Badge Workshop: Sustainability

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

Sun | December 03, 2017

Grades 3 - 5

Exploring the Respiratory System

Learn about the importance of a healthy lifestyle & your lungs

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, December 04

Grades 3 - 5

Science of Armor

Design and test your own impenetrable armor

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, December 04

Event

Girls in STEM Workshop: Digital Movie Maker

Plan, create and edit your movie for the big premiere

Sat | December 09, 2017
Event

Girls in STEM Workshop: Entertainment Technology

Explore the science behind your favorite types of entertainment

Sat | December 09, 2017
Event

Girls in STEM Workshop: Inventor

Get in tune with your inner inventor and rock out with a new instrument

Sat | December 09, 2017
Event

Takeover Days: Screwmatics

Showcasing STEM work being done in the Carolinas

Sat | December 09, 2017
Event

Girls in STEM Workshop: Digital Movie Maker

Plan, create and edit your movie for the big premiere

Sun | December 10, 2017
Event

Girls in STEM Workshop: Entertainment Technology

Explore the science behind your favorite types of entertainment

Sun | December 10, 2017
Event

Think It Up Challenge: Paint a City

Use conductive material to light up the town

Sat | December 16, 2017

Grades 6 - 8

Efficiency & Advantage

Develop a working knowledge of mechanical marvels through hands-on activities

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, December 18

Grades 3 - 5

Simple Machines

Make your own simple machine or engineer a new invention.

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, December 18

Grades 6 - 8

Advanced Robotics I

Get an introduction to writing programs for LEGO® EV3 robots with easy to use software

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, January 08

Grades 3 - 5

Build a Boat

Design & engineer your own boat

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, January 08

Event

Takeover Days: Roush Fenway Racing

Showcasing STEM work being done in the Carolinas

Sat | January 13, 2018

Grades 6 - 8

Advanced Robotics II

This course covers advanced programming for LEGO® EV3 robots

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, January 22

Grades 3 - 5

Egg Drop Challenge

Find out how to protect an egg from a two-story free-fall

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, January 22

Grades 3 - 5

Intro to Biotech Tools

Get introduced to a wide variety of tools used by scientists

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, January 22

Grades K - 2

Space Race

Design a space craft to explore our solar system

Grades K - 2

Monday, January 22

Grades 6 - 8

Next Level Hand and Power Tools

Learn to safely use power tools such as a belt sander, drill press and band saw

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, February 05

Grades 3 - 5

Science Tools

Discover the world of tools around you, particularly those used by scientists

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, February 05

Grades 6 - 8

Take a Cell-fie

Delve into the human cell and explore the different organelles

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, February 05

Grades K - 2

Animal Architects

Could you build a dam like a beaver or weave a nest like a bird?

Grades K - 2

Monday, February 12

Grades 6 - 8

Infection Connections

Gain a better understanding of how infectious diseases spread through a variety of inquiry-based activities

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, February 12

Grades 6 - 8

Biochemistry of Cells

Learn the basics of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins & nucleic acids

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, March 05

Grades 3 - 5

Force and Motion

Experiment with Newton’s Laws of Motion through a variety of hands-on activities

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, March 05

Grades 6 - 8

Introduction to 3D Printing

Get up close and personal with our 3D printers

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, March 05

Grades 3 - 5

Architectural Engineering

Discover more about the world of engineering as you complete a series of building challenges

Grades 3 - 5

Monday, March 19

Grades 6 - 8

NASA Challenge

Use a 3D printer to develop a Mars survival plan for NASA

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, March 19

Grades 6 - 8

Microcontrollers & Microprocessors

Try technology such as Makey Makey, Rasberry Pi and Aurduino

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, April 09

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

Grades 6 - 8

Science of Weaponry

Explore historic battles, weaponry development & defense tactics

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, May 07

Grades 6 - 8

Experimental Archaeology

Reverse engineer artifacts excavated from archaeological sites

Grades 6 - 8

Monday, May 21

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

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