The amazing engineering feats of small but mighty insects will be featured alongside the latest marvels of human engineering. Burpee's newest exhibit, The Survival of the Smallest, shows how insects create remarkable structures to thrive in the natural world. Aaron Yardley of Acumed Orthopedics will display the newest models of human implants for knees, hips, and fingers.
Other engineering firms scheduled to provide active displays are Advanced Machine and Engineering, Dixon Automatic Tool, Kaney Group Aerospace, Superior Joining Technologies, Thomason Machine Works, and UTC.
Kid-friendly activities include "engineering" your own insect, constructing your own insect armor, building a nest for a "egg drop" and studying insect poisoning techniques using an "insect catapult."
Other groups providing displays and activities include the Rock Valley Tech Center (focusing on green energy), the Robotics Club of Winnebago County 4-H, and the Engineering Class of Lutheran High School. As home to the ‘teenage dinosaurs’ Jane and Homer, the museum will also feature a 3D printer ‘printing’ dinosaur bones!
Cost to attend general Engineering Day activities is free with admission. Special workshop fees apply. Registration and pre-payment is recommended.
Directions: Riverfront Museum Park – 6/8/2010
Burpee Museum - 737 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103 - From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west on Business 20 6.5 miles to IL 2 north (Wyman St., first street past the Rock River); right on IL 2 five blocks to the museum complex on the right side of the one-way street (N. Main St.). From the south, I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main St.); north on IL 2 through the downtown to the museum complex. Park in the Riverfront Museum parking lot or the Burpee Museum lot. An above-ground tunnel connects Riverfront Museum Park and Burpee Museum.