Remember making projects for the science fair as a kid? It was fun to display your own solar-powered LEGO car or mini wind tunnel for all to see, and to walk around and see what cool things the other kids made, too. Ann Arbor has its own version of a science fair for tech and bio companies, called TechTwilight, hosted by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. This year’s event was this past Saturday, May 21.

This was the third year for the event, which has gotten bigger every year. It’s been our privilege to take part each year and have fun with kids and adults alike, while hobnobbing with other incredibly cool, incredibly geeky companies. This year, we helped kids to build their own eClickMaps using Articulate Enage. We then posted the finished masterpieces online and invited kids and their parents to check them out from the Hands-On Museum’s Facebook page, adding a social media aspect to the elearning exercise.

All-in-all, more than two dozen eClickMaps were built at our table by kids of all ages. We were floored by the creativity that came from the kids. They enjoyed themselves, and their parents had fun watching them explore their talents in a new capacity.

Although we had a steady stream of young elearning builders at our table all evening, we weren’t the only game in town. Live music, good food, kids’ workshops, and other cool activities like a driving simulator, face painting, and light-up craft projects kept the crowd busy…far too much going on to list it all here.

If you weren’t able to make it out to the museum this time, we hope to see you next year! And if you’re in the Ann Arbor area, check out the Hands-On Museum website for other upcoming events.