Museum’s ‘Build Texas!’ lets visitors try home engineering projects

The Museum of the Coastal Bend will celebrate the Lone Star State’s history with “Build Texas!,” a hands-on, interactive program from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21. Admission is pay-what-you-want.

During the day, visitors will be invited to dabble in home engineering projects such as building a daub wall, lacing a rope bed and more.

The event is part of National Engineers Week, a celebration of ways that engineering — using science to solve problems and improve the world — contributes to society. During Build Texas!, museum visitors will get to experience hands-on versions of some of those problems, such as the way that European colonists built their forts or the challenge of directing water to a mission.

“One of my favorite parts of history is learning about how people built things or made things work and then trying them out for myself,” said Isabel Van Dyke, curator of education at the museum. “I wanted to share that type of hands-on history through this event.”

Hands-on activities during the day include:

  •     Building a small section of wall with plaster daub
  •     Weaving rope across a wooden frame to make a bed
  •     Setting up a full-size tipi (weather permitting)
  •     Making model oil derrick towers and acequias (irrigation ditches)

The museum is located at 2200 E. Red River Street on Victoria College’s Main Campus in Victoria.

For more information, contact Isabel Van Dyke at (361) 582-2559 or Isabel.VanDyke@VictoriaCollege.

To view the museum’s calendar of events, visit

Published: Friday, 13 February 2015

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