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The Big Build

November 5, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Big Build will return to The National Building Museum on Saturday,November 5.This popular annual event has been hosted at the Museum for more than a decade and is returning for the first time since 2019.This free hands-on community day invites visitors of all ages to channel their inner builder and discover what it’s like to wear a hard hat, hammer a nail or drill a hole.

From 11 am to 4 pm, participants can visit dozens of different interactive stations presented by contractors, plumbers, electricians, iron workers, carpenters, and professionals in many other fields to explore and learn about their careers, skills and hobbies. Activities include a nail-driving contest and structural engineering station with an earthquake simulation to discover how buildings can be built to be more stable. Outside, the Museum’s West Lawn will transform into a “Petting Zoo” filled with construction equipment. Heavy machinery including a crane will be open for exploration.

New this year, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts can earn their STEM Career Exploration badges by discovering the many career possibilities, speaking with professionals in STEM positions and imagining themselves in their dream jobs.

A Tech Room will present augmented reality demonstrations, VR Experiences, and other immersive digital activities to engage older children and teens. Using a mobile phone, visitors will be able to download an app and try a VR activity from global engineering firm Walter P Moore, that changes structure type from steel to concrete to wood to determine the amount of energy needed to create those structures. The International Union of Elevator Constructors will have a VR simulator allowing participants to move a lift around a job site, something that is done daily across the country.


November 5, 2022
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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National Building Museum
401 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Washington, DC 20001 US
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