Engineers Week

Feb. 17-21, 2020  |  Daily programs at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Join us during the Presidents’ Day holiday on Feb. 17 as we kick off our celebration of all things engineering. Learn about the first female winner of the Gran Prix, Ewy Rosqvist, with a special giveaway from Mercedes/Mattel. Test drive with Mattel tracks and stop by all week long to design, build, and test your own engineered creations. Plus, don’t miss a special presentation by Lindsey Jennings, former race car driver and current Discovery Center Vice President of Philanthropy. Included with admission.

This event is in partnership with Tennessee Girls Collaborative, Mercedes-Benz USA and Mattel. The nationwide No Limits initiative is focused on empowering children across the U.S., particularly young girls, to follow their aspirations without feeling limited by gender stereotypes.

  

Engineers Week Family Workshops

Paper Planet: An Exploration into Amusement Park Structures. This special workshop is designed for children (K-5) and an adult partner. Children and their adult partners will experience the excitement and challenges of being engineers, working with their construction team member (adult partner) to build, test, and modify an amusement park attraction for a new park called Paper Planet. Cost: $2 per person, plus general admission; registration required.

Register for one of our Paper Planet family workshops:

Presidents’ Day – School is out!: Monday, Feb. 17  |  2 to 3:30 p.m.» (with wrap-around hands-on programs all day)
Homeschool: Wednesday, Feb. 19  |  2:30 to 4 p.m.» (ideal for homeschool K-5 participants with their adult partners)

Please check in at the front desk when you arrive and be prepared to pay museum admission fee if planning on exploring museum before or after workshop.

 

About No Limits – Empowering Through Play

No Limits is a national initiative between Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and Mattel. The program focuses on empowering 50,000 children across the U.S., particularly young girls, to follow their aspirations without feeling limited by gender stereotypes.

As a tangible reminder that there are no limits to what can be accomplished, each participant will receive a commemorative Matchbox replica of the Mercedes-Benz driven by Ewy Rosqvist, the first female to compete in and win the Argentinian Grand Prix, one of the most grueling races at the time. MBUSA and Mattel will gift 50,000 Matchbox replicas across the country.

At an early age, children begin hearing certain toys are for boys and girls. This leads to the belief that men and women should have different careers. This, in part, has led to a lack of girls pursuing STEM careers. To change this narrative, MBUSA partnered with Atlanta Public Schools for a program that breaks down the gender stereotypes that prevent young children from viewing their future career paths differently.

Watch the No Limits video (2 min.): https://youtu.be/Boi6E8hhb4c

More info on No Limits: https://www.mbusa.com/en/about-us/no-limits