Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CAF Engineering Fest

Date: Saturday, February 21st 10am-5pm - Sunday, February 22nd 10am-4pm
Location: 224 S Michigan –
CAF’s Learning Spaces: Lecture Hall, Atrium, Morse Learning Studio, Design Studio
Organizer: Chicago Architecture Foundation



CAF is seeking volunteers interested in introducing youth ages 3-12 and their families to engineering concepts through hands on activities at our inaugural EngineeringFest.

Activities will explore six engineering disciplines: civil, environmental, structural, mechanical, electrical and acoustic. An orientation is required for all Activity Leads and Aids – dates for orientation and volunteer descriptions are below. Note: all volunteers must submit to a background check.

Shifts (
All efforts will be made to give you your preferred shift and job):
Saturday and Sunday (two shifts pre day, four total shifts)
A – 9:30 am -12:45pm
B – 12:30pm – 5pm

Orientation meeting (Choose One):
Tuesday, February 10th 9:30-10:30am or Thursday, February 12th 5:30-6:30pm

Activity Lead – Works with CAF and acts as lead facilitator for one or more sessions of CAF developed activities. Able to deliver educational content at levels accessible to participants ages 3-12. Able to present on or discuss their career path within the field of engineering in one of the following disciplines: Environmental, Electrical, Structural, Civil, Acoustic and Mechanical. Will require an orientation session. (Experience level: engineer or in ACE Field or educator)

Activity Aid – helps guests complete activities, educates and participates in guest feedback. Working knowledge of engineering concepts, can answer “ask me” questions about careers in engineering, possibly takes on facilitator/lab leader role. (Experience level: engineer or in ACE Field)

Greeter/Wayfinder – meets guests at entrances to spaces and helps them find the next activity, steps in to help facilitators reset space after activities, helps move supplies/organize. Must be enthusiastic about working with families and children and comfortable working with crowds. (Experience level: Experience with children preferred)

Activities and Topics:
Challenges: Structured 45-minute engineering activities. Activity leads facilitate and work with participants. Orientation will include introduction to littlebits. Engineering disciplines highlighted: Electrical engineering, Civil engineering

Build It: Kapla Block open build area. Activity aids work with participants to learn structural concepts engineering disciplines highlighted: Structural

Make It & Test It: Drop-in area for making simple machines and testing acoustics and environmental concepts. Activity leads discuss their expertise and assist participants in completing CAF planned experiments. Engineering disciplines highlighted: acoustical engineering and environmental engineering

Sketch It & I-spy: Drop in area for learning sketching concepts and learning to recognize different types of engineering at the CAF city model. Activity aids will teach participants to sketch and look for details. Engineering disciplines highlighted: all

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Contact: For more information on Engineering Festival and getting involved, please contact Lyla Catellier, Coordinator of Public Engagement at or by phone at 312-561-2146.
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