Discovery Place Science in Charlotte, NC, has launched the Year of the Engineer. During the 2017-18 school year, they aim to have 250 engineers create 2,500 unique STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) experiences that will impact 250,000 guests at Discovery Place. And Little will be playing a big role in helping them achieve those impacts.
Why did Discovery Place roll out the Year of the Engineer? Because of the growing gap between job openings in STEM fields and qualified candidates to fill them. Because of the declining interest in STEM fields by teenagers. And because of the gender and ethnic gap in STEM fields.
So instead of sitting around and talking about it, the staff at Discovery Place is taking action. They kicked off the Year of the Engineer by unveiling their new Thinker Space Lab and a new exhibit called Think It Up. Da Vinci’s Machines exhibit arrives in November. The IMAX dome theater is now showing Dream Big: Engineering Our World. I’ve seen it twice already, and in my opinion, it delivers the most motivational and inspiring message about the impact engineers have on the world that I’ve ever experienced. I can’t wait to see it again.
Even the Mayor stopped by to deliver a proclamation from City Council stating that 2017-18 would be the Year of the Engineer for the City of Charlotte.
Providing the 2,500 experiences to 250,000 guests from now until June 2018 is in the responsible hands of 250 local engineers who will make Saturdays at Discovery Place twice as STEMtastic! The first Saturday of the month features an Engineer in Residence in the Tinker Lab. The second Saturday is Takeover Day, where local firms will setup activities throughout the museum. The third Saturday is a Think It Up Challenge.
Little has committed to a Takeover Day, which will occur on Saturday, April 14th, 2018. We have already begun planning for this event, with the goal of making it the biggest, best, and most memorable Takeover Day of the year. We will utilize all of our expertise at Little to provide hands on activities that span electrical, mechanical, structural and civil engineering, as well as architecture and landscape architecture, and even augmented and virtual reality! So mark your calendars and we’ll see you there.
I hope you’re ready to Dream Big…because we already are!