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Peoria Riverfront Museum launches virtual engineering week

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Peoria (WEEK) --- Sunday marks the first day of Engineering Week at the Peoria Riverfront Museum - this year, things are being done a little differently.

For the first time in 20 years, Engineering Week is entirely virtual over Zoom, with events running every day through Thursday.

Young science enthusiasts can learn how to construct robots and work with hovercrafts, just to name a few.

Many of the events include a special engineering kit with tools and gadgets to work with.

Senior planetarium educator Nick Rae says the virtual setting is a new experience, but it works toward the same goal as years before.

"This is for kids and for families, and for STEM education, which is obviously very important as we go further into the future," Rae said. "It is also a way to inspire people to be curious about things and how things work, and to challenge themselves to do things."

Kits for the virtual events are available by reservation. To reserve your kit and view the list of events, visit

Harry Croton

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