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INSECT ENGINEERS MEET HUMAN COUNTERPARTS

BURPEE MUSEUM CELEBRATES ENGINEERING DAY FEBRUARY 17

(Rockford, IL):  The amazing engineering feats of small but mighty insects will be featured alongside the latest marvels of human engineering at Burpee Museum “Engineering Day,” to be held Saturday, February 17.

“Our newest exhibit, The Survival of the Smallest, shows how insects create remarkable structures to thrive in the natural world,” reports Museum Executive Director Anne Weerda. “For this year’s Engineering Day explore the engineering in nature and welcome local human engineers sharing their innovative work.”

Aaron Yardley of Acumed Orthopedics will display the newest models of human implants for knees, hips, and fingers. “Like the insects,” Weerda adds, “human engineers now combine the biological and the mechanical to improve health and life.”

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.

“There will be many kid-friendly activities,” notes Museum Educator Betsy Carlson. Children will be able to “engineer” their own insect, construct their own insect armor, build a nest for an “egg drop,” and study insect poisoning techniques using an “insect catapult.”

Other groups providing displays and activities,  Carlson says, 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!”

Weerda encourages young and old to enjoy this celebration of engineering “Bring your future engineers and scientists for a fun-filled learning experience!”

The event opens at 10 A.M., Saturday, February 17, and runs to 3 P.M. The Burpee Museum of Natural History is located at 737 North Main Street in Rockford. For more information, please see www.burpee.org, call 815-965-3433 or contact: burpee@burpee.org





  

Examine nature's amazing insects and build your own insect armor, design  a sophisticated mouth, and more!

Build. Imagine. Engineer

Examine nature’s amazing insects and build your own insect armor, design a sophisticated mouth, and more!

Great Family Fun!

February 17th: 10:00am-3:00pm

$8.00 General Public (FREE for Members)

Some marvels of the natural world are engineering masterpieces!

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Some marvels of the natural world are engineering masterpieces!