Museum of Science and Industry

Member Day Trip: Sidewalks to Skyscrapers

June 16, 2012

Event Essentials

  • Date:
  • June 16, 2012
  • Time:
  • 11:00 AM
  • Tickets:
  • This event requires a ticket for entry.
  • Cost:
  • Member Adult: $30
    Member Child: $25
    Adult Guest: $40
    Child Guest: $35

How can you design a building to resist the devastating forces of wind, fire and earthquakes? How can sidewalks and streets drain water naturally while still carrying traffic? Join us for a look at the concrete possibilities of math and science that will inspire you.

On this unique day trip just for MSI members, you'll learn the secret life of structures, from the streets and bridges we walk on and commute over to the high-rise buildings many of us work in every day. Before construction can begin on any of them, a multidisciplinary team of architects, engineers and scientists works to develop the right materials, test them and determine the best application.

Our hosts and guides from the Portland Cement Association and CTLGroup will help you discover the underlying principles and materials used to create engineering marvels such as the Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building) and the Trump Tower Chicago. You'll also design and build your own LEGO tower and see how it stands up to a simulated earthquake.

Space is extremely limited and first come, first served. A light snack and transportation from MSI is included. Members may also choose to meet us at the event location in Skokie. Further details provided after registration and closer to the event.


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  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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