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F. P. Lovejoy, 1904
Machine of the Month

F. P. Lovejoy, 1904

Manufactured by FP Lovejoy, Springfield, VT, Pat’d Nov 22, 1904.   Do you know what this object is?     Some of the guesses we’ve heard at the front desk […]

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Simple Aerospace
Activity

Simple Aerospace

What forces and materials help airplanes fly? This summer camp theme explores Simple Aerospace. Project: Description: Related concepts and machines: Principles of Flight: Forces and Axes From NASA: Principles of […]

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Repeatability and Mass Production
Activity

Repeatability and Mass Production

What are some techniques for mass production? This summer camp theme explores REPEATABILITY! And if you’ve never heard the word, it’s one we use here at the museum quite a […]

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Reducing Friction
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Reducing Friction

Why does friction matter when using machines? This summer camp theme explores friction and smoothness. Project: Description: Related concepts and machines: Bearings From Try Engineering from IEEE. Bearings are found […]

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Make it Move, Part 2
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Make it Move, Part 2

How do we make machines move? This summer camp theme explores MOTION!  See part one for sensors and more. Project: Description: Related concepts and machines: Machine Dissection From APM. Discuss […]

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Power & Energy, Part 1
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Power & Energy, Part 1

How do we use power to run a machine? This summer camp theme explores ENERGY! See part 2 for more. Project: Description: Related concepts and machines: Energy Transfer Dynamo, Motor, […]

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Power and Energy, Part 2
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Power and Energy, Part 2

Why does good wiring matter? This summer camp theme explores POWER! See part one for kinetic energy and more. Project: Description: Related concepts and machines: Wind Power From TeacherGeek.  Build […]

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Make It Move, Part 1
Activity

Make It Move, Part 1

How do we make machines move the way we want them to?

This summer camp theme explores MOTION!  See part one for Simple Machines and more.

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Primary Source: How can government empower inventors?
Lesson Plans

Primary Source: How can government empower inventors?

The US Constitution, Article 1 section 8 describes the powers of Congress.  Students are asked to consider: which of these powers do you think would help increase manufacturing and encourage […]

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How did a World’s Fair result in an export contract?
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How did a World’s Fair result in an export contract?

The 1851 Great Exhibition, at the Crystal Palace in London, allowed exhibitors from around the world to showcase art, industry, and inventions.  Notable American exhibitors included not only Robbins & […]

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