“Patterns and Molds:” Temporary Exhibit at American Precision Museum
January 14 – February 14
This special selection of items is drawn from the Museum’s archives and remains on exhibit weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm through Monday, February 14. The exhibit includes video elements explaining molding processes, live demonstrations of thermoforming, and more. Although many of the patterns resemble simple shapes, some are more complex, and all ultimately became parts of machines. During the winter, when the museum is not heated, admission is free (although donations are welcome). This special exhibit takes place in the heated section of the museum.
Exhibit links with Education Kit “Achieving Repeatability “
The exhibit also ties in with the museum’s next education kit, “Achieving Repeatability”. This interdisciplinary kit for kids in 4th through 6th grade will be available to local teachers and informal educators free of charge in February. The kit includes lesson slides and all the physical materials a student would need to create a cookie cutter that tessellates, build a catapult that’s both accurate and precise, exchange the parts of a clicking ballpoint pen, and more. The lessons tie in manufacturing, history, and STEM with art and the humanities.
Kids’ Day of Engineering
Saturday, February 26, from 10 am – 5 pm
11- 1 pm: River Valley Technical Center
1- 3 pm: Vermont Destination Imagination
*Featuring special guests, activities, and giveaways!*
Attendees receive an APM tote bag and a ‘golden’ pen.
Picturing Women Inventors:
March 1 though March 31
10 am to 5 pm Weekdays
The Smithsonian and the United States Patent and Trademark Office present “Picturing Women Inventors,” a poster exhibition that explores the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women. Astronauts, computer pioneers, and businesswomen join athletes, engineers, and even teenagers in this remarkable group of inventors. The posters will be on view at the American Precision Museum March 1 through 31st, in conjunction with Women’s History Month.