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The Da Vinci Science Center will open its Summer of Manufacturing on Saturday, June 4, 2011, with the premiere of the popular How People Make Things exhibit, inspired by the Mister Rogers Factory Tours.
Presented by Air Products and supported by the County of Lehigh, the Da Vinci Science Center’s Summer of Manufacturing also will include a regional summit on manufacturing careers on Aug. 11, 2011. The initiative was developed to raise awareness of the power and vibrancy manufacturing has in today’s world, the fact that Pennsylvania has one of the largest manufacturing economies in the United States, the cutting-edge manufacturing of the future, and the skills young people will need to build fulfilling careers in that industry.
“Not only is the Summer of Manufacturing one of our largest endeavors to date, its underlying story is perhaps the most important story that the Da Vinci Science Center has ever told,” said Troy A. Thrash, Da Vinci Science Center CEO. “While the shapes and faces of manufacturing in eastern Pennsylvania have changed dramatically in a generation, the making of important, innovative products in our region remains strong as does manufacturing’s presence as a force for economic prosperity now and in the future.
“Our partners share our passion for bringing this vital story, a story shared among industry leaders, to community members at large. In doing so, our objective is to re-shape people’s perceptions about manufacturing and excite young people about manufacturing career possibilities.”
The Da Vinci Science Center will open the How People Make Things exhibit with a robot ribbon cutting by the award-winning Team Igutech of the FIRST Lego League. The team, comprised mostly of sixth-grade students from Schnecksville, Pa., also will hold Lego car races and provide visitors opportunities to build their own robotic structures. Lunch from Royal Gourmet Foods, Nazareth, Pa., also will be available for purchase.
Developed by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, the How People Make Things exhibit will engage visitors actively through the entire manufacturing process as they explore tools, materials, and processes for baseball bats and gloves, bicycles, golf carts, ice cream cups, organs, and other familiar products.
Along with a colorful plant entry area presented by FLSmidth, the experience includes four areas highlighting the primary parts of the manufacturing process – cut, mold, deform, and assemble. The Mold area is presented by B. Braun. The Deform area is presented by ATAS International. The Assemble area is presented by Allen Organ Company. Additional exhibit sponsors include Bracalente Manufacturing Group, Nestle Waters, Silberline Manufacturing, Hindle Power, and Ashland Technologies.