Take an Engineering Vacation This Summer

Whether you plan to hit the road or keep it local this summer, it won’t hurt the kids to work a little education into their vacations this summer. Before you go check out the Sightseers Guide to Engineering (www.engineeringsights.org), which was created by the National Engineers Week Foundation (Alexandria, Va.). The website features over 300 attractions around the United States that feature American ingenuity at work.

One of the newest additions is the Fontana Dam in Robbinsville, N.C. Constructed to generate the energy needed to produce aluminum to feed airplane assembly plants during World War II, the tallest concrete dam east of the Rockies was built in a record three years. Other attractions recently added to the website include the International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.; World Museum of Mining, Butte, Mont.; Highland Park Dentzel Carousel, Meridian, Miss.; and Missouri’s Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, which houses Union Pacific’s “Big Boy” locomotive that could tow a 5½-mile-long train.

Source: National Engineers Week Foundation

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