WMMI powers up for Cool Science

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A week that is all about science will culminate with kids and their parents powering up at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. The Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival. Oct. 13-21 is a week-long excursion into hands-on science for the entire family, featuring such things as a county coroner crime lab tours, science education strategies for teachers, science film festivals, beer brewing science and a host of other programs.

As part of the celebration of science, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 20, the mining museum will feature Thompson Machine Works operating LEGO Engines, Wings Over the Rockies flight simulators and opportunities to explore rocketry and build a working Goddard rocket, learn about simple machinery and see that machinery in action when the museum's gigantic steam engines are powered up and explore the museum's 27-acre of wetlands and short-grass prairie with TheGeoCacheKids Club, all with the help of Cool Science educators.

While the family is at the museum for cool science, don't forget about Haunted Mine tours and the daily Tommy Knocker Museum Scavenger Hunt, running through the end of October.

Even when there are no special programs at the museum, it's still the place to go to explore the science and history of mining in the American West. The Western Museum of Mining & Industry is the only mining museum accredited by the American Association of Museums in the Western United States and only one of three accredited museums of any kind in the Pikes Peak Region.

For more information about the museum, including events and ticket prices, visit www.wmmi.org. For more information about the Cool Science Festival, visit http://www.csscp.org/csfestival2012/.