New Iway Exhibit Opens at Providence Children's Museum
Friday, November 17, 2006
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is bringing in a whole new construction crew to work on the Iway - the mammoth I-195 relocation project taking place in Providence, Rhode Island. This new crew, large in number, but small in size, will be facing engineering and construction challenges of a different proportion. New roadways and bridges through Providence and across the river will be constructed - but on a kid-sized scale. This crew of junior engineers begins construction November 17 in the new Iway exhibit at Providence Children's Museum.
Donning hardhats and safety vests, kids will get right to work in the new exhibit - operating a crane to lift I-beams, completing finish work atop a kid-sized replica of the Iway bridge, and constructing their own arch bridges strong enough to walk across. Families will solve tabletop challenges with beam, arch, cantilever bridges and more.
Providence Children's Museum and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation have teamed in a unique partnership to increase public awareness about the relocation of I-195, while engaging kids (and grown-ups) in an investigation of roadways and bridges. Exploring problem solving in a whole new way, kids will face challenges that engineers and architects confront when building roadways. Families will experiment with the fascinating physics of bridges while they learn about the history of the I-195 relocation project - and witness the amazing engineering feats taking place within sight of the Museum as the construction of the new Iway progresses. The new exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.