Rod Smith, EVP/HR and Head of the Anixter Cares program, and Kohl Museum President and CEO Sheridan Turner launch the Anixter STEAM Cart.
Kohl Children's Museum

Recognizing that tomorrow’s workforce needs scientists, technology experts, engineers and mathematicians, Anixter teamed up recently with the Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, IL, to inspire kids via “Tinkering Tuesdays.”


Rod Smith, EVP/HR and Head of the Anixter Cares program, joined Kohl Museum President and CEO Sheridan Turner to launch the Anixter STEAM Cart at the Glenview-based museum. Anixter engineers and technical experts designed and developed the interactive learning activities—with input and guidance from Kohl museum educators—and will participate in “Tinkering Tuesday” demonstrations at the museum throughout 2015. Children will learn about circuits, sound waves over wire, zoom and thermal lens cameras.



The demonstrations will take place at the museum between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • July 7, 21 – Get Charged! - circuits
  • August 4, 18 – Vocal Vibrations – sound waves you can see
  • September 8, 22 – Magnificent Lenses - I Spy with the zoom camera
  • October 6, 20 – Temperature Adventure – exploring temperature with the thermal camera
  • November 24 – Technology Palooza - all Anixter activities on display



Photo Gallery


Anixter engineers interacting with the children at the official launch of "Tinkering Tuesdays".

Children try out Anixter's STEAM cart at the Kohl Children's Museum.
Eric Bulington, VP of Marketing & Inventory Management at Anixter, teaches children about STEAM.

Kids learn about circuits and current via the Get Charged! activities.

Children getting charged up on Tinkering Tuesday
Eric Bulington, VP of Marketing & Inventory Management at Anixter, demonstrates circuitry
Samantha Koch, a engineer at Anixter, explains circuitry to the children
Children learning about STEAM at the Kohl Children's Museum

What does sound look like over a wire? Kids find out.

A child points to a sound wave she can see at the Kohl Children's Museum
Using a tuning fork, children learn about vibrations
Bob Doylan teaches children about sound wave vibrations
Children participate and learn kids learn how and why sound changes with Anixter's engineers

Using a joystick, children controlled a Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) camera to find items-and siblings-from far away. They were able to view them on a monitor.

A Aniuxter enginner explains how the PTZ camera works to a child participant
Kids learn about zoom cameras at the Kohl Children's Museum.
Using a joystick, children react to seeing themselves on the monitor
Bob Doylan wows the kids at the Kohl Children's Museum

Children took the opportunity to explore, via a variety of activities incorporating hot and cold items and changes in surface temperature, how various temperatures are detected through a thermal camera.

A child learns about thermal camera while reacting to seeing himself on the screen
A child sees himself on screen while doing an activity
A child doing different activities to see how it effects his body heat on the screen
Kids at the Kohl Children's Museum listen as Bob Dolan teaches them about thermal cameras