Little Big Techs to highlight Longview industry, innovation

Event to feature hands-on activities for kids, adults

WEBXTRA: Little Big Techs event to highlight Longview industry, innovation

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The City of Longview is offering a pretty good reason to take the family to downtown Longview this Saturday, and it’s mostly free.

Little Big Techs will give kids the opportunity to get an interactive experience with science, technology and art. It’s conjunction with Big Techs a week later.

The City of Longview’s Shawn Hara says with the success of last year’s Big Techs program, it was time to offer something for the little ones.

‘What we’re doing this year is we’re doing two events. We have Big Techs which will be the tours of our large industries, and we have Little Big Techs which we will have hands-on activities for kids at our three museums, as well as open houses at two of our schools here in town,” Hara said.

The whole thing is based on STEAM which stands for:

“Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, so the idea is giving these students the opportunities to do some hands on activities,” Hara explained.

There is plenty to explore at the Longview Museum of Fine Art like a new exhibition by Brett Dyer, and several other displays.

“But you don’t get to take free samples of art,” I pointed out.

“Yeah, you don’t get to take any samples of the art but you can make some art. Yean, you can make some cool stuff,” Hara said.

At the Gregg County Historical Museum there is more art to take in, as well as many local historical displays, and the Cargill Kids Zone downstairs. That’s all free.

“And we’ll have all these fun activities at all these different locations. It will be a lot of fun. We encourage the families to come out and let their kids try it. And it’ll be fun for adults too. Lots of cool things to check out,” Hara said.

There are partnerships with local schools and LISD’s East Texas Advanced Manufacturing Academy is holding an open house.

“You know Longview has such a neat history of innovators and people that have built things. You think about the industry that’s here in our community so it’s an opportunity to show kids some of the engineering and the know-how that goes into making things happen,” Hara added.

Who knows, it could spark an interest in a career a child never thought of before.

The event runs Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. If you’d like more information about the event or who else is holding a free open house click here.

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