Bethlehem, PA – The National Museum of Industrial History has launched “Junior Architects”, a hands-on program to be utilized during field trips, community events and outreach programs to encourage creativity and critical thinking while simultaneously fostering patience, concentration and stamina. The program launch was made possible through a generous gift from Bethlehem architectural firm Alloy5.
“We are so grateful to Alloy5 for their investment in the future of our young people by becoming the official sponsor of our Junior Architects program,” said NMIH President and CEO Kara Mohsinger. “As we employed the program throughout the month of May, the enthusiasm and engagement of our visiting students was a sight to behold.”
At NMIH, students learn firsthand how iron and steel were the building blocks of the Industrial Revolution and bedrock of modern, industrial America as it rose to become a world power. They learn how manufacturing innovators created inventions that changed how our cities looked and revolutionized our skylines with skyscrapers. During Junior Architects, students are challenged to use wooden plank style blocks to design and build the tallest skyscraper while meeting the design criteria within a time limit. The students act as structural engineers as they design, build, and test models of free-standing, weight-bearing towers that meet design objectives within limitations.
“Education impacts our community in so many ways,” said Alloy5 President Michael Metzger. “We are always happy to support programs that encourage students to explore architecture and construction.”
For more information on youth and family programming at the National Museum of Industrial History, including field trips, workshops, virtual learning, and digital resources, visit nmih.org.
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A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Housed in an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. Learn more at nmih.org.
Alloy5 is a multi-disciplinary design firm located in Bethlehem, Pa. The practice combines traditional architecture with graphics and interiors to focus not only on developing good design, but also on communicating design to all stakeholders. Learn more at alloy5.com.
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