HARTFORD – With the support of New Britain-based Stanley Black & Decker, the Connecticut Science Center unveiled a new Engineering Lab exhibit Friday morning that aims to give students hands-on experience with different scientific disciplines.
Located on the fourth floor of Hartford’s Connecticut Science Center, the new exhibit has 18 new interactive “experiences” for visitors, each related to five engineering specialties – structural, mechanical, electrical, aerospace and software. For example, visitors can hoist themselves from the floor into the air using a simple pulley system, demonstrating mechanical engineering. In another area, people can create circuits to power fans and lights, examples of electrical engineering.
“This lab is an invitation to every child, every adult and everyone who joins us at the science center to explore and engage in the various aspects of then engineering fields,” said Matt Fleury, president and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center.
Like many exhibits in the Connecticut Science Center, the Engineering Lab focuses on STEM learning consisting of science, technology, engineering, and math – is a focus of the new lab. Fleury said his team wants to make visits to the center as educational as they are fun.
Rhonda Gass, Stanley Black & Decker vice president and chief information officer, said Stanley was proud to inspire and financially support the new exhibit in the Connecticut Science Center. The Stanley representative spoke about a new industrial revolution that needs skilled-workers interested in engineering and science.
“Industrial technological innovation are rapidly changing the nature of working jobs, and approximately 10 million jobs in the global manufacturing sector have gone unfulfilled due to a skills gap,” Gass said.
Fleury shared similar sentiments as Gass, adding that technology is an area where Connecticut is booming.
“It’s supporting the futures of kids, the future of our community and supporting the future of the industry that is the economic underpinning of our community,” Fleury said of the new lab and the center’s mission as a whole.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, said the exhibits like the new Engineering Lab further contribute to the emphasis of science-based learning in Connecticut.
“There is an incredible explosion of tech, of discovery, of science, technology, engineering and math,” Bronin said of the wave of STEM-based education and opportunities in the region.
With dozens of Connecticut Science Center campers in the audience, Bronin encouraged them to pursue their interests in these science-related fields.
“There are people who have spent their lives learning and exploring and discovering just like you’re doing here, and you could have a career doing that,” Bronin said. “This right here could be the doorway into a career where you get to build things that change the world, and do it in a whole new way.”
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