Curiosity Days: Engineer It May 3-5, 2019

Engineering // Virtual Curiosity Expo

Curiosity Expo (CX) is going virtual! Join a science-filled day with hands-on activities led by local experts built around a single, inspiring theme.

For this installment of CX, test and examine the ways we dream, design, develop, and engineer innovative solutions for our everyday lives. Stay tuned for updates!

How would you like to see electricity being made in real time? Would you like to see how fish-tracking technology can help save the steelhead of Hood Canal? What about learning how to make an actual battery out of household objects? Uncover all of these things and much more during the very first virtual Engineering // CX event! Engineering // CX event will be livestreamed on PacSci’s YouTube Channel

PacSci members will have the opportunity to register for live breakout workshops focused on different, inspiring themes. Not a member? Become a PacSci member today to access exclusive, members-only content.

Cost: Free / $10 Suggested Donation

Recommended Ages: All ages

Members receive program and event discounts and free admission. Become a PacSci Member

Engineering // CX Livestream

Livestream Activities


10:30 a.m. PDT

Making Low-Carbon Energy by Splitting Atoms

Terrapower, LLC
Witness electricity being made by hand, by crank, and by engine! Learn how an engine can be fueled fossil fuel, biofuel, or even nuclear fuel, and about the trade-offs between each of these types. Learn more about Terrapower

11 a.m. PDT

From Data to Solutions: Saving Steelhead in the Hood Canal

Long Live the Kings
Young salmon and steelhead have a tough time migrating through Puget Sound, and few survive. Using fish-tracking technology, we’ve uncovered the unlikely culprit: a bridge. Discover how to help save the steelhead of Hood Canal. Learn more about Long Live the Kings

11:30 a.m. PDT

Drone Intelligence Combats Wildfire Risk in California

Immersive Media Productions
Have you thought about how drones are being used to help prevent wildfires in America? Learn about the growing commercial drone industry with Andrew Tierney as he discusses the hardware systems, sensor payloads, and the AI-driven data analysis capabilities coming to market. Learn more about Immersive Media Productions

12 p.m. PDT

DIY: Battery at Home

American Society of Mechanical Engineers – University of Washington Chapter
Experimenting at home is the first step to discovering something new. Get inspired by creating a battery from common household objects. Download the supply list so you can follow along with the activity. Learn more about American Society of Mechanical Engineers

12:30 p.m. PDT

Civil Engineering: Behind the Scenes of Civilization

American Society of Civil Engineers
Civil engineering is all around you! Civil engineers make the world a better place in subtle ways that keep society on the move. Imagine building the tallest building in the world, a bridge across a raging river, or bringing clean water into an entire town. Tune in to meet some of the engineers behind what makes your day go smoothly. Learn more about the American Society of Civil Engineers

1 p.m. PDT

Transportation Futures Post-COVID

Join INRIX CEO Bryan Mistele and Transportation Analyst Bob Pishue to discuss the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on transportation and how advances in technology will move cities forward. Learn more about INRIX

1:30 p.m. PDT

Molecular Engineering: Building New Medicines

Institute for Protein Design
Fold proteins, help cure COVID-19. Scientists at the Institute for Protein Design use computers to design new vaccines and drugs, and you can help us from home. Learn more about the Institute for Protein Design

2:15 p.m. PDT

Engineering Solutions for COVID-19 Response

The Boeing Company
Ever wonder what it takes to engineer solutions? Join employees engaged in Boeing’s COVID-19 face shield response as they discuss their career pathways and what it takes to collaborate, dream big, and innovate for the future, today. Learn more about the Boeing Company

Breakout Workshops

PacSci members will have the opportunity to register for live breakout workshops focused on different, inspiring themes.

Engineering // CX Breakout Workshops for all ages are available throughout the day at different times. Registration is required, is free, and is only available to PacSci’s members. Workshops are held through Zoom and require a computer, internet connection, and various materials for the activities. Want to join a workshop? Become a member!

Oil Spill Cleanup

Time: 10:30–11:15 a.m.
There’s been an oil spill and we need your help! Explore effective strategies used by environmental engineers. Then, create an oil spill and test your own solutions at home. Download the supplies list

Mission to Mars

Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
We’re traveling ahead to the future and into space! Learn about the challenges of space exploration and design solutions to help astronauts survive on Mars. Download the supplies list

Bridge Building Challenge

Time: 1 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
Explore architecture and engineering in this design-your-own-bridge challenge! Use your creativity to build a bridge with recycled materials, then put your design to the test. Download the supplies list

Simple Solutions for Big Change

Time: 2 p.m.–2:45 p.m.
Engineers around the world are working to stop the spread of COVID-19. Learn about simple designs that help contain the virus, then use your skills to invent a solution of your own. Download the supplies list 



Curiosity Expo is sponsored by The Boeing Company.

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