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The Putnam will provide families with the tools they need to engineer a night of hands-on learning and fun 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.

During Family Fun Night, museum educators will provide free activities in the Grand Lobby, including building challenges and a demonstration of how a 3D printer works.

Families can build a catapult using rubber bands and craft sticks. Visitors also can build boats with foil, straws and tape and test their vessel's buoyancy withstanding additional weight.

A free building area will be available, with materials such as K'NEX and wooden building blocks.

All activities will focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

The night also includes a 6:30 p.m. showing of “Dream Big 3D” in the museum's Giant Screen Theater. The film is about engineering, covering marvels such as the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, and tells the stories behind bridge building and the construction of underwater robots.

Tickets will be required for the movie: Adults, $8.50, and youth tickets for ages 3-18 are $7. Members will receive $1 off ticket prices.

While activities in the Grand Lobby are free to the public, admission will be required to the museum and science center.

For more information, visit http://www.putnam.org/Calendar/Family-Fun-Night-Engineering-our-World or call 563-324-1933 or contact Octavia Houtekier-Boyd at ohboyd@putnam.org.

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