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STEAMpunk – Archie Alexander at the Museum of Nature and Science

The Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main St., presents “STEAMpunk – Archie Alexander” at 11:30 a.m. February 16, 2019. The program, intended for ages 7 to 12, is free to the public.

Archie Alexander was an American engineer, mathematician, and architect. He was the first African-American engineering student at the University of Iowa where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Alexander overcame prejudice to become a civil engineer, eventually overseeing bridge construction projects in the Midwest. He went on to open his own company and contribute to many social and civic improvements in Iowa. Participants will learn about Alexander’s accomplishments and compete in a bridge building challenge to support the weight of a can of soup.

“STEAMpunk” is offered monthly, highlighting the work of an historic scientist through hands on exploration.

The Museum of Nature and Science is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. until 4:30o p.m. Saturday. For information, visit the City’s Museum System website or call 575/522-3120.