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Hanford Engineers Celebrate National Engineers Week

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Young and old couldn't help but stop by and check out some of the coolest electronic gadgets out there. And the best part was that you could do more than just look.

This hands-on display served more than one purpose.

"It basically allows the families in the community with their children to come out and look at all of the elements of engineering, then we say you know you should stay in school, take your math and science and then you have the opportunity to do these kinds of things in your life when you to go college," said Andrea Hopkins, with Fluor Handford.

The dancing robots were among some of the crowd's favorites, but so was the robotic elbow. All you had to do is control the remote to get the candy out of the bowl, but it's easier said than done.

"It's really cool but it's hard to get everything, it's a little hard," said 9-year-old Cassidy Rowe, who tested the robotic elbow.

There was also something for the video game fans. Bechtel engineers have designed a video game that takes you inside the Vit plant.

"It teaches them about the more scientific process while still being fun," said Jenna Cobdington, with Bechtel.

Those who got  a chance to play seemed pleased.

"It tells you what they're going to do with the nuclear waste, turn it into glass," said Nick Prochet, who played the video game for an hour and a half. 

Fluor staff say they do it for the kids. But they're having some fun of their own. Hopkins did a demonstration to show the effects of electrostatic energy.

"They like to have me do that because my hair is long and the static electricity makes it stick up in the air and so I'm the demonstration for static electricity," said Hopkins.