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K’NEX WORKSHOPS AT NATIONAL ENGINEERING MONTH
From February 28 to March 8 2009, thousands of Ontario residents came together to celebrate National Engineering Month 2009 (NEM) at various locations across the province. Created in 1992 as National Engineering Week, Canada’s largest engineering volunteer run event was re-branded to National Engineering Month in 2008. NEM is designed to raise public awareness of the importance of engineering and engineering technology in our daily lives and to encourage young people to consider careers in engineering.
Across the province, NEM volunteers staged more than 100 events, reaching out to thousands of Ontario residents! Among the most popular events were the K’NEX workshops held at five returning venues across the province: Ontario Science Centre, Canada Science & Technology Museum, Waterloo Regional Children's Museum, Science North and London Regional Children's Museum. The estimated participation of children and parents at the five K’NEX venues was 17,000! NEM volunteers assisted children aged 6+ in creating wonderful structures using K’NEX on two weekends of Engineering Month. They included free workshops featuring a bridge-building challenge, with each participant receiving a “Certificate of Imagination” certifying them as genuine mini-engineers.