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Discover Engineering Family Day – National Building Museum

February 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm



Discover Engineering Family Day is a fun-filled day designed to introduce students 4 to 12 to the wonder of engineering and the importance of technological literacy. It attracts thousands of people and kicks off DiscoverE Engineers Week activities in the national capital area.


The National Building Museum, 401 F Street, N.W., Washington, DC (between 4th and 5th Streets)


Feb. 17, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What is the Best Way to Get There?

We recommend that you take Metrorail. The National Building Museum is directly across the street from the Judiciary Square Metro Station on the Red Line.

What about Parking?

No parking is available at the National Building Museum. However, several parking garages are available in the area, as well as metered street parking on Saturday (make sure to bring adequate change or have the Parkmobile app on your smartphone).

What Can Attendees Expect?

Nearly 30 Family Day exhibitors present basic engineering principles through hands-on and mind-challenging activities. Special demonstrations are also sprinkled throughout the day. Past features include:

  • Engineer and TV personality Nate Ball demonstrating his reverse-rappelling Atlas Powered Ascender
  • One of NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon’s replica racecars, courtesy of DuPont
  • Former Space Shuttle Columbia astronaut Dr. Roger Crouch
  • Appearances by stars of the PBS Kids TV show ZOOM
  • A model of one of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers
  • A Blind Driver Challenge simulator from the National Federation of the Blind

Who Attends Family Day?

Attendees are primarily children, parents, teachers, scouts, youth groups, engineers, scientists, technologists and others interested in engineering. Attendance usually ranges between 7,000 and 9,000. In 2011, we had a National Building Museum one-day-record 13,994. All are welcome.

What Organizations Exhibit at Family Day?

Exhibitors change from year to year, but are typically made up local and national engineering societies, science organizations, national corporations and public television stations.


Admission is free. Visitors are encouraged to make an on-site donation to the National Building Museum, which has provided its Great Hall for the event since 1998.


February 17, 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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National Building Museum
401 F Street
NW, DC 20001 United States
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