The museum is working to increase virtual learning opportunities to highlight the history of the museum, the evolution of manufacturing and the future of manufacturing.
Our goal is to continue showing that what we have in the museum represents a strong foundation – and that industry has continued to innovate and improve over the last 175 years. Indeed, the manufacturing industry needs people to learn more about the industry, so that they might consider a career in the field someday.
This museum is a place where culture and history, STEM and innovation, and 21st Century careers can come together.
Subjects, Standards and Content Areas
The museum’s exhibits & artifacts can support exploration of the following content areas; examples of museum-curriculum connections are provided in the right-hand column. These are suggestions and examples -let us know how we can best support you!
**In order to protect our guests, hands-on activities are currently limited to items that can be sanitized or disposed of. Our Sphero robots, Lego and K’nex, and other materials are washed between uses. Want to create a craft with pipe-cleaners and duct tape? Bring your project home and let us wash any tools you used. Updated 8/17/20**
What can you make with cardboard and tape? What if you had to follow rules and make your design only 6 inches tall? What if you were given a challenge to make ‘something that moves’?
The Learning Lab is used year-round for school group visits, after-school workshops, and other STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Math) related activities. The Learning Lab is designed for all ages (from “K” through “gray”), to introduce new ideas, to challenge and inspire, and to create opportunities to experience and have fun with all levels of technology. We offer simple blocks and building kits for younger students, and 3D design, electronics and coding for the more advanced or ambitious among you.
The Learning Lab does occasionally close for special events. Please call us if you have any questions or want to reserve the space!
The Innovation Station, our working machine shop, was established in 2008 and has operated continuously as a working machine shop, where visitors can watch various parts being manufactured. Through initial grant-funding from the Vermont Department of Labor, we engage local high school students in manufacturing education. Students receive hands-on experience with machine tools, while learning about advancements in the field, and career opportunities.
APM interns bring the Innovation Station to life as they demonstrate the operation of both historic and modern machine tools. The items they create are sold in our gift shop and provide financial support for the program. Our student interns who operate the Innovation Station serve as mentors to younger students. The Intern Program’s main goals are to inspire students to become the next generation of machinists and innovators, to incorporate a better personal understanding of the evolution of technology in their lives, and to provide communication skills to interpret the historic significance of that evolution to a wide audience. These initiatives address our mission: To capture the imaginations of young and old with the spirit of innovation, problem-solving and design demonstrated through the dynamic story of the machines and people that form the foundation and future of manufacturing in America.
The Innovation Station, with the support of numerous international machine tool companies, enables us to showcase state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. These machines tell the continuing story of evolution in manufacturing, while providing practical hands-on experience with the latest technologies.
The Innovation Station features:
- Haas DT-1 CNC Machining Center/Midaco Pallet Changer
- Fanuc LR Mate 200 iD Articulated Arm Robot
- Bridgeport Milling Machine with HEIDENHAIN Conversational CNC Controller
- Caron Engineering D-Tect It Machine Condition Monitoring System
Special thanks to Haas (Trident Machine), Midaco, Gosiger Automation (Fanuc), Evolution Aero, Abbot Workholding, and Kennametal for their generous contributions of advanced manufacturing machine tools and equipment to the Innovation Station.
**Please note: the museum capacity may be limited to 25 guests at a time, in order to allow adequate social distancing. Updated 8-17-20**
School groups, $4.00 per student. Adult chaperones and bus driver admitted free.
Call at least two weeks ahead for reservations and we can help you custom design a program for your class that fits with your current curriculum needs from Social Studies to STEAM to Careers. Stay tuned for after school and summer camp announcements as they develop – join our mailing list below!
Call us at 802.674.5781 or Contact Us to learn more!