Library hosts hands-on Engineers Week

  • Build Alka Seltzer Rockets with Mary Beth Laychak, outreach program manager at Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, at the Engineering Bash. (Courtesy photo)

WAIMEA — Engineers Week is Feb. 18-23 and Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library of the Hawaii State Public Library System is celebrating with an Engineering Bash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23.

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


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. “We are grateful to Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, North Hawaii STEM Alliance, Pohakuloa Training Area, and W.M. Keck Observatory for partnering with us to spotlight the innovative contributions of engineers to our lives.”

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

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

Info: call 887-6067. The Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library, located at 67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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