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Madison Children's Museum to host engineering energy exhibit

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The College of Engineering and Madison Children's Museum are co-sponsoring an interactive exhibit during Energy Week, September 8-16.

The UW-Madison College of Engineering has teamed up with Madison Children's Museum to present Making Electricity without Making Smoke, an exhibit aimed at helping children understand energy and energy sources.

Through interactive stations, children will be able to test a hand generator and a water wheel, review air quality samples from the Museum and the engineering campus and learn energy conservation tips.

"Energy consumption and conservation is an important topic area for all of us," said MCM exhibit developer John Robinson. "The Museum is appreciative of the enthusiasm and care the UW team has exercised in putting this exhibit together, and we are pleased to host it in our community gallery."

The exhibit is part of Energy Week, which will run from September 8-16 at Madison Children's Museum, 100 State Street. The week's activities will include workshops for children about static electricity, pinwheels and solar ovens, as well as performances by Puppet Power's "The Wizard of Watt" and the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District's "Science Guys and Gals". Contact the Museum at 265-6445 for a complete schedule of activities.

Wednesday, September 12, will be Madison Gas & Electric Day; admission to the Museum will be free to the public.

"Projects like this exhibit help the College of Engineering improve science and engineering literacy, to engage and interest school children and their teachers and to make science and technology fun," said College of Engineering Lecturer Steven Zwickel "It is one aspect of the Wisconsin Idea, meaning the boundaries of the university campus are the boundaries of the state. We're pleased to work with Madison Children's Museum to make that idea a reality."


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