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Saturday, April 4 2020
Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Tickets will be available to download from Smithsonian starting February 27, 2020. (Click On This Text!)
The Smithsonian suggested the theme “Earth Optimism,” and APM’s best spin on that is to combine it with ingenuity. Therefore, we invite you to:
Green Design Showcase
If you have an idea for a ‘green’ design, no matter how far you are in the process, bring it! Bring your idea, drawing, or prototype. (Smithsonian challenges museums across the country to think about “Earth Optimism,” and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate APM-style ingenuity than to invite you, our visitors, to share your ideas.) We’ll have a display about the ‘invention process’ as well.
This year, we’re offering four days of camp. Each day can stand alone, or you can sign up for multiple days! The programs are designed for kids ages 9-12, and cost $25 for each day (which runs from 9 am to 3 pm). Space is limited to the first 25.
|June 29||Waterpower, water balloon catapult, simple hydraulics|
|June 30||‘Mech’-A-Tronics||Sensors & Input, Circuits & resistors, Assembly & robot motion|
|July 1||Junkyard Build (and Reverse Engineer)||Find your resources, plan & design, build & test|
|July 2||Manufacturing Techniques & Art||Lathe & mill, stamps, dies and molds, additive manufacturing (3D) and design|
Space—The Next Engineering Frontier
Saturday, July 19, 2020
Explore the future of space exploration through STEAM activities. Launch a rocket and build a lunar rover model.
Saturday, August 29, 2020, 10am–4pm
Our new family and community event offers experiences and opportunities to participate in the history of machine tool and technology development. Exhibits and hands-on activities may include:
- model engineering displays
- 3D, electronics, robotics and makerspace activities in our Learning Lab
- live demonstrations of historic and modern machine tools by students in our Innovation Station machine shop
- historic rifle exhibits
- hands on activities with working lathes and other machine tools, circuit board soldering, sewing machine operation, rocketry and mechanical assembly of a variety of objects
- local manufacturers will showcase their products and career opportunities
- interpretive tours of the exhibits
- guided “behind the scenes” tours
The Mechanical Arts (Temporary Exhibit)
September 10th through 13th
This special event will feature prints and historical photos from the APM collection that are rarely viewed by the public.
October 2nd & 3rd, 2020
Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. Here at the American Precision Museum, opportunities for companies to get involved include:
- Employer Tables
- Educator Tables
- Exhibit Connection Stations *Volunteer opportunity!
Adults, schools and families are encouraged to attend!
Pumpkin Chuckin’ & Carving
October 31, 2020
The last day of our regular season doesn’t have to be a sad day – let’s make some pumpkin trebuchets!
In keeping with APM’s theme of ingenuity, we offer a series of talks with innovators in a variety of fields. The goal is to promote informed dialogue on current and future developments in industrial manufacturing, its products and processes, and its efforts to remediate, provide resiliency, and promote positive outcomes of manufacturing & engineering. This is a unique opportunity to inform the general public of the positive advances in manufacturing engineering and technology in pursuit of economic and environmental sustainability.
These talks, held in the Learning Lab, are free to attend (although donations are always welcome) and occur on selected Saturdays at 1 pm. We do like reservations so we can prepare accordingly – so please check our Eventbrite page for up-to-date information and to let us know you’re coming!
May 9th: Inventor Gerry Hawkes, “Bootstrap Manufacturing to Combat Atmospheric Change”
Gerry Hawkes is a forester who invents, develops, and manufactures products that encourage environmentally friendly ways to travel and work. His portfolio began with compact bicycle parking and security devices to make bicycling more convenient, and structural plastic modular path systems to quickly provide high quality bicycle and pedestrian path systems with minimal construction disturbance. More recently Gerry has developed and constructed equipment for controlling invasive woody vegetation without the use of herbicides. He has also developed a line of Wheeled Hand Tool Systems as an alternative to using polluting small engines for moving heavy objects. At this presentation Gerry will explain the pitfalls and successes of this bootstrap approach and working with contract manufacturers. He will also outline a number of opportunities and the urgency of collaborating to translate opportunities into profitable and effective mitigation.
June 13th: Poet and Essayist David Leff, “If This Mill Could Talk”
David K. Leff’s new novel in verse, The Breach: Voices Haunting a New England Mill Town, asks you to imagine that walls could actually talk as a New England factory community faces closure of its signature mill due to environmental contamination and foreign competition.
“In this industrial Stonehenge from an age
when shaping steel was a way of self-knowing,
quiet seems unnatural. So, seized
by an abiding voltage in a realm richer
in dreams than sleep, I see workers in caps
and overalls, callused hands shoveling coal,
hauling scrap in carts, their hammers
clinking on anvils, pushing blades into the whirr and gritty whine of grind wheels,
standing in sheds stripped to the waist,
bodies sweat-glossed, placing heat-glowing steel
in pulsing coal fires before a final quenching hiss.” – David K Leff
Join us here at the museum, the old Armory, and let’s talk about the meaning that common objects can convey and how they still speak to us.