San Diego Model Railroad Museum is providing an exclusive experience for Coronado Library’s youngest patrons—an engineering lesson which will take place virtually on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Examples from around Coronado will be used to make the lesson relatable to local kids.
“We are excited to collaborate on this program to show kids how engineering impacts their daily life!” said Katy Titus, the museum’s Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator. Dubbed the “The Able Arch,” the Zoom program will allow children to experience San Diego Model Railroad Museum while its doors are physically closed.
An educator from San Diego Model Railroad Museum will explain what an arch is and where one on a bridge might be found. Through fun experiments with materials commonly found at home, the goal is for children to learn how arches keep bridges strong, thus helping heavy trains travel safely. A video of Thomas the Tank Engine crossing a bridge will be shown to demonstrate the point. Concepts of gravity and normal force (the two forces that make structures stick to the ground and stand up) will also be covered.
Participants will need to have the following on hand during the lesson: two “big” books, such as a textbook or heavier storybook; pennies or other coins; one sheet of construction paper; scissors; and one raw egg.
The program is geared to children in first through seventh grade. Registration for the Zoom link is available at cplevents.org. The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is currently displaying a Winter Wonderland display in the Children’s Library diorama space, where a Polar Express Story Time took place in December.