Waimea library to host Engineering Bash

  • Courtesy photo Pohakuloa Training Area’s photovoltaic trailer, capable of powering a house, operations center and more, will be among the hands-on displays featured during the Engineering Bash.

  • Courtesy photo W.M. Keck Observatory’s hydrostatic bearing demonstration will be one of many activities featured during the Engineering Bash.

  • Courtesy photo Build Alka Seltzer rockets with Mary Beth Laychak, outreach program manager at Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, during the Engineering Bash on Feb. 23 in Waimea.

Engineers Week is Feb. 18-23, and Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library in Waimea is celebrating with an Engineering Bash from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 23.

The free family NASA@My Library event is being presented in collaboration with Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, North Hawaii STEM Alliance, Pohakuloa Training Area and W.M. Keck Observatory.

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Attendees will have the opportunity to meet some of the island’s most talented engineers and discover the amazing world of engineering through indoor and outdoor hands-on experiments, demonstrations and displays

Event highlights include an air rocket design challenge, Alka Seltzer rocket making and rocket launching, a “Blasting into Orbit” activity, hydrostatic bearing demonstration, an infrared light demonstration, a mobile solar-powered trailer capable of powering a home and operations center, and more.

“Engineers Week is a great time to celebrate how engineers make a difference in our community and in our world,” said Pam Akao, Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library branch manager.

The Waimea library also will offer other free Engineering Week activities, including special children and family screenings of engineering-themed movies Feb. 20. The animated science fiction adventure “Ratchet &Clank” will play at 1:30 p.m. and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s action film “Skyscraper” plays at 5 p.m.

Ashley Spencer, youth services librarian, will present an engineering-themed Preschool Story Time at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 and lead a related engineering activity.

NASA@My Library is an initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery.

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For more information, call 887-6067.

The Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library is located at 67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea.

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