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Learning Lab

The Learning Lab is used year-round for school group visits, after-school workshops, and other STEAM related activities. The Learning Lab is designed to for all ages “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.

Innovation Station

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
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.  

School Visits

School groups, $4.00 per student. Adult chaperones and bus driver admitted free. 
Call 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!

 

Call us at 802.674.5781 or Contact Us to learn more!

Weekly Programs

MAKER MONDAY

Join us EVERY MONDAY, June through October for makerspace fun. Discover simple cardboard marble mazes, TeacherGeek assembly kits, building your own telegraph switch and more. Join us to experience the joy of making!

Fee: Included with regular admission

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

WONDER WEDNESDAY

EVERY WEDNESDAY, June through October. 

Discover the fun of learning while we pull out all the stops to find answers to those “wondering” questions. This program may include simple machines, building electronic circuits, figuring out how a magnet works, learning basic coding through games, or even 3D design.

Fee: Included with regular admission

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Daily Programs

JUNIOR APPRENTICE PROGRAM

Children between the ages of 8-12 and accompanied by a parent may visit the museum any day during the season and complete the Junior Apprentice booklet filled with tasks and activities to learn about the museum and its history.

Complete the booklet and receive a custom iron-on patch. Once you become a Junior Apprentice, you may join our Saturday Young Apprentice Club that includes more advanced activities, including: beginning coding, basic robotics, 3D design and printing, and many more challenging activities.

Fee: Included with regular admission

SPECIAL WEEKEND YOUTH PROGRAM—YOUNG APPRENTICE CLUB

Our Saturday Young Apprentice Club includes a wide variety of more advanced, guided activities, which may include: beginning coding, basic robotics, 3D design and printing, and many more activities to challenge the maker mind.  

Education programs at the American Precision Museum are made possible in part by the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations, and public grants. 

Please note: program dates and times are subject to change. Please call ahead or check our website for details: 802-674-5781.



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