Event hopes to garner children's interest in engineering fields

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- This is National Engineer's Week, and the Discovery Museum is taking part by introducing local kids to the many different sides of engineering.

The event invited local companies and engineering societies out to show kids the types of products engineers make. Discovery Center representatives say they've had this event for about 15 years, and they are always looking for ways to get kids interested in jobs in the sciences.

Kids could do hands-on projects that involved everything from making straw rockets to water filtration.

"We've got mechanical engineers, we've got electrical engineers, we've got biological engineers, just about any kind of engineer you can think of, we've got here today doing hands-on activities," said Discovery Center Museum Marketing Director Ann Marie Walker.

That engineering event is one of the highest attended annual events that the Discovery Center Museum holds.