Event Details

  • Date:


Saturday, Feb. 20  |  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Engineering Day 2014 082From robotics to rocketry and radio communications, the 14th annual Engineering Day will provide hands-on opportunities to learn about different aspects of the engineering design process from local engineers and explore exciting student STEM projects while gaining a better understanding of concepts used in the field.

Special Activities:

  • Build and test structures on an earthquake shake table, make and race cars on a pinewood derby ramp, create and fly gliders made from straws, and more.
  • Watch middle and high school robotics teams demonstrate their robots and engineering design plans they used to compete in FIRST® RES-QSM challenges, modeled after rescue situations faced by mountain explorers all over the globe. Robots score points by delivering Rescue Climbers to a shelter, retrieving and placing debris from the playing field in mountain goals, and more!
  • Learn about Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society’s latest exciting projects as they demonstrate their human transport devices and competition battle robots.
    • In Eureka Theater: Robot Battles at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; MTRAS meeting at 3 p.m.
  • Meet the Fisk Altitude Achievement Missile Team and learn more about their award winning rocketry and robotic club initiatives.
  • Explore the importance of amateur radio communications as the Nashville Amateur Radio Club, Inc. presents live demonstrations that provide critical communications in emergencies.
  • Participate with leaders from Zip Tie Domes™ to participate in a group build activity to assemble a large geodesic dome.
  • Explore architectural, construction and engineering projects developed by high school students involved in the Nashville affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program.
  • Sit on a Moonscape surface and use your imagination to design a Space Station, Moon Base or Spacecraft at the Middle Tennessee Space Society’s “Build a Space Station or Moon Base” activity. This challenge provides scale astronauts, moon buggies, space satellite toys and dozens of space modules and interconnecting docking ports for your use in building and testing your plan.

Back to the MoonSpecial Show:

Back to the Moon for Good at 12 & 3:30 p.m.
Get in the engineering spirit with a show in the Sudekum Planetarium! Narrated by Tim Allen a.k.a. Tim “the Toolman” Taylor, Back to the Moon for Good examines what missions in the 1960s and 1970s taught us about Earth’s nearest neighbor in space, introduces us to some of the teams competing for the largest prize in history (the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize), and presents one possible scenario for our future on the Moon. Additional ticket required.


Subject to change. All Engineering Day activities are included with general admission, except where noted.

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