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Kids can “Discover Tech” and engineering at Valley Library starting Jan. 10

December 28, 2017 – News

“Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference” is a traveling exhibit exploring how technology and engineering contribute to solving national and global problems. Juneau Public Libraries is proud and lucky to be one of eight libraries in the United States chosen to host the interactive exhibit; it will be on display at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library from January 10 to April 6.

“It’s like a traveling museum piece with several hands-on activities. We are so excited ‘Discover Tech’ is coming to us,” said Electronic Services and Community Outreach Librarian Andrea Hirsh. “We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find that the exhibit explores engineering and technology in a way that is understandable, inspiring and fun.”

The large exhibit includes 15 different sections that will be located throughout the library. Several hands-on and interactive sections – featuring solar power, a circuit building challenge and engineering – allow kids to collaborate and be creative. The exhibit will be accompanied by a series of programs and events to bring STEM programming to children, teens and adults, starting with an opening reception with a LEGO building challenge on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2 pm.

“Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference” was organized by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning in partnership with the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. The project was made possible through support from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about the exhibit here.

Mendenhall Valley Library is located at 3025 Riverside Drive. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours: Monday thru Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Friday 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm.

For more information, please contact Electronic Services and Community Outreach Librarian Andrea Hirsh at 586-0442 or andrea.hirsh@juneau.org.