Constructioneering

Constructioneering

Grab a construction hat and vest and tap into the creative side with the hands-on, minds-on challenges of design, engineering and construction.

Ages
3+
Admission
Included with General Admission
Perfect For
Creative Thinkers
Puzzle Solvers
Scientists
Location
First Floor
Accessibility
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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
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About the Exhibit

What is Constructioneering? It’s a word we made up by mashing together “construction” and “engineering.” It’s the process for bringing a building to reality! Just like the Pantheon, Great Sphinx, Taj Mahal, or even Houston’s Astrodome, several people dreamed up Children’s Museum Houston, and then made it happen. Constructioneering is about tapping into your creative side while using design tools, like equations and technology, to dream, imagine, problem-solve, innovate, design and build for a purpose.

Educators

Constructioneering encourages kids to practice science and math skills while exploring an exhibit filled with hands-on experiments and demonstrations like building geodesic domes, calculating breaker box ratings, and using 3D CAD design. Some science topics include properties of matter, force, electricity, and earthquakes. Merged with them are mathematical topics focused on geometry, measurement, operations and algebraic reasoning.

More for Educators
Ages
3+
Admission
Included with General Admission
Perfect For
Creative Thinkers
Puzzle Solvers
Scientists
Location
First Floor
Accessibility
See Accessibility
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
TEKS
Mathematics
Science
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What Parents are Saying

“We really loved the block puzzles! The red ones were very challenging, but we had fun solving them as a family.”

Jeff C.

Parent

“Best Family Attraction and Experience”

2018 Editor’s Choice Award

“Top Museum and Landmark to Visit in Houston”

2017

Exhibit Features

There’s a lot to see and do in this exhibit—check out some of these unique activities!

Start With Design

It’s time to design for intention.

In architecture “Design for Intention" means making a design to match a building’s use. How would you design different businesses? There are lots of ways to design using everything from Legos to iPads!

Explore Engineering

A key piece of construction.

Engineering is key in understanding how and why things work the way they do! Can you engineer an earthquake-proof building or figure out how to build our 3D tangram puzzles?

Time for Construction

Grab a hard hat and start building!

You can build with everything from Legos and blocks to the Rig-ama-jig system that uses bolts and beams. Your imagination is your limitation!

What Can My Family Do?

Here are activity suggestions for specific age groups in this exhibit.

Toddler Activities

  • Explore, make and talk about shapes.
  • Stack blocks.
  • Feel and talk about the different materials.

Preschooler Activities

  • Explore how Materials Matter.
  • Discover the Strength of the Triangle.
  • Design homes with the Lego Architects.

Lower Elementary Activities

  • Solve the 3D tangram puzzles at Get Your Balance.
  • Engineer an Earthquake Proof Building.
  • Build a Catenary Arch.

Upper Elementary Activities

  • Solve the Electrical Panel Puzzle.
  • Create some 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) creations.
  • Engineer a Geodesic Dome.

Exhibit Guidelines and Rules

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Keep the inspiration, invention, interaction and imagination going.

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