Anixter is encouraging the next generation of scientists by partnering with Glenview’s Kohl Children’s Museum for their Tinkering Tuesdays educational program. The activities were developed by Anixter engineers and technical experts with support from the museum’s educators.
Tinkering Tuesdays lets children use their curiosity to explore the world of engineering. The program series takes place on the Museum’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) cart at different locations throughout the 23,000-square-foot exhibit space.
The 2017 program kicked off on January 10 with “Vocal Vibrations.” Nate Pagan of the Glenview solutions lab led children ages 2-6 on a short workshop on frequencies and vocal vibrations. Starting with a tuning fork, the children were able to understand how vibrations feel by tapping the fork on the cart. Next, Nate demonstrated what vibrations look like by using a monitor, microphone and vocal machine. When the children spoke into the microphone, they were able to see how the vibrations create sound waves, and how the waves got bigger or smaller depending on the volume of their voices.
Tinkering Tuesdays continues over the next three months, with an Anixter engineer on hand at each activity to participate in the demonstrations.
January 24: Vocal Vibrations
What are frequencies? Use your voice to investigate how you can transform the tone, pitch and volume of your voice into sound waves you can see!
February 7 & 21: Get Charged!
Wires, batteries and conductors! Tinker with various materials to construct an electrical circuit.
March 7 & 21: Opening Doors
How many ways can a door be unlocked? Explore how your fingerprint is unique to you.
To learn more about the Kohl Children’s Museum, visit kohlchildrensmuseum.org