Everyone who knows me knows I’m an advocate for girls focusing on STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math]. More specifically, I want to encourage Najwa to focus on STEM topics.

If she wants to be a ballerina or kindergarten teacher, of course I’ll support that as well, but it’s important to make sure she is aware of all the options in life of what to become as she gets older. And not let society stereotype her into professions and activities that don’t include what boys are usually encouraged to do.

So every now and again, we’ll go back to the National Building Museum so she can practice her engineering skills in the Play Work Build exhibit.

Research has shown how important play can be to a child’s development. But, play is not only for kids. Through this exhibition, visitors begin to see the connections between play, design, and the work of building professionals like architects and engineers.
Only at the National Building Museum can the concepts of PLAY, WORK, and BUILD be combined to create a new exhibition that will enthrall kids and adults alike. Conceived in partnership with the internationally renowned design firm the Rockwell Group, this exhibition combines a presentation of the Museum’s world-class Architectural Toy Collection, a hands-on block play area, and an original digital interactive that allows visitors to fill an entire wall of the exhibition with virtual blocks—and then knock them down.

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