Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, a new traveling exhibition, opens at Curtis Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 28.

According to the library, the exhibition “will show how engineering provides solutions to better meet human needs and develop sustainable innovations for the future, and how engineers create new technologies to solve problems. The exhibit features hands-on and multimedia components that allow exhibit visitors to interact with exhibit content in a dynamic way, encouraging new perspectives about engineers and their vital work.”

“We are very pleased and excited that our library was chosen as one of 14 sites for this new exhibit focused on the role engineers play in our lives and how critical they are to solving many problems in the world today,” Library Director Elisabeth Doucett said in a press release. “The Explore Tech exhibition will help our patrons to explore global issues affecting our planet, as well as the National Academy of Engineering’s fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering, critical issues that must be addressed in the 21st century. This is a fascinating exhibit with hands-on activities for everyone, and we hope the whole community will be able to see the exhibit, participate in the programs the library has planned, and recognize the important role of engineers everywhere.”

The exhibit will include a touchscreen computer kiosk that contains a several games for children and adults. Some of the interactive experiences include Game Changers, which is about the Grand Challenges, along with a quiz game.

The library states that visitors can “learn about the fundamental principles of energy, become aware of their own energy use, and understand the impact of engineering on societies over time and place, and about the importance of energy in modern society.”

The library is sponsoring several free programs and events in connection with the exhibit. Call (207) 725- 5242 ext. 503 or visit for more information.

Explore Tech will be on display at the library until Dec. 29, 2017.

The exhibit was organized by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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