Downtown event lets children explore engineering toys

September 21, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Children can explore exhibits and participate in engineering and science activities Friday (Sept. 25) in downtown Lafayette.

Purdue University's INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering will hold an event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Imagination Station, 600 N. Fourth St.

Children will have an opportunity to play with and give feedback on engineering-thinking and design-focused gifts. The items range from toys and games to books and puzzles.

 Included is a movie and pizza. The cost is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. Limited spots are available. Parents can register online at www.imagination-station.org.

INSPIRE is a research institute in Purdue's School of Engineering Education that studies pre-college engineering experiences and environments in order to impact educational systems.

The gifts are part of a product assessment INSPIRE is conducting for its second annual engineering gift guide. The purpose of the guide is to raise awareness of gifts on the market that promote engineering learning and are fun for both boys and girls. INSPIRE leaders will do an internal review of the 80-plus gifts as well as collect feedback from engineers, parents and children before determining which ones to include in their newest guide. Once completed, it will be available free online in time for holiday shopping. 

Source: Elizabeth Gajdzik, 765-494-9599, egajdzik@purdue.edu 

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