Inaugural Engineer It! Weekend Kicks Off Aug. 22

Pacific Science Center and NCEES Presents New Research Weekend That Explores Engineering and Surveying, August 22 and 23. Special Guest Nate Ball to Ascend Historic Arches.


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Pacific Science Center and NCEES Presents New Research Weekend That Explores Engineering and Surveying, August 22 and 23
Special Guest Nate Ball to Ascend Historic Arches

SEATTLE— (July 15, 2014) Pacific Science Center has teamed up with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) for two days of engineering, surveying, tinkering and inventing at the inaugural Engineer It! Weekend, August 22 and 23. To kick-off the weekend, Nate Ball, mechanical engineer and original host of the PBS television show Design Squad, will scale our signature arches with his invention, the Atlas Ascender.

Engineer It! Weekend is Pacific Science Center's first research weekend dedicated to connecting professional engineers and surveyors with kids and families through hands-on exploration of the machines, ideas and people that design, move and power our society.

From aeronautics and computing to e-commerce and biotech, Engineer It! Weekend will showcase the creativity and invention vital to scientific process and innovation that the Pacific Northwest is known for. Guests of all ages will design circuits and bridges, concoct scented bath fizz and experience enormous outdoor explosions. See a real 3D printer and learn how it works when Planetary Powers and Planetary Resources team up to demo this tool increasingly used by engineers for prototyping and final production. Calculate the length of your stride, and then use a compass and map to find the "X" in a thrilling hunt for X-Marks-The-Spot. Get up-close and personal with an internal combustion engine and learn the fundamentals driving its operation. Electrical engineers will help guests experiment with lasers, lenses and prisms to learn the basic components of a battery using your own hands.

Along with tons of hands-on activities and engaging professionals, guests will marvel at mechanical engineer Nate Ball, who 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.

"We are thrilled to be able to partner with NCEES to present a new research weekend for the community that explores the innovative work being done in engineering and surveying," said Bryce Seidl, president & CEO for Pacific Science Center. "Engineer It! Weekend is a great addition to our research weekends that make science and technology personal, accessible and relevant through hands-on experimentation and guidance of leading professionals in the fields."

"Our research has shown that many people have no idea what engineers and surveyors do or how much our professions contribute to the world around us," said NCEES president Patty Mamola, P.E. "Partnering with Pacific Science Center to make Engineer It! Weekend possible allows us to bring the professions to life for the Seattle community and show them the many ways our work makes a difference in their lives."

Engineer It! Weekend is included with admission to Pacific Science Center and FREE for members.

Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated making science fun for 50 years.

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying is a nonprofit organization made up of engineering and surveying licensing boards from all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1920, NCEES has been committed to advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the American public.

NCEES helps its member licensing boards carry out their duties to regulate the professions of engineering and surveying. It develops best-practice models for state licensure laws and regulations and promotes uniformity among the states. It develops the exams used for engineering and surveying licensure throughout the country. It also provides services to help licensed engineers and surveyors practice their professions in other U.S. states and territories. For more information, please visit