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Logarithmic Slide Rule
Machine of the Month

Logarithmic Slide Rule

Let’s assume that you haven’t ever considered how to make a slide rule.  We have a machine at the Museum that did make them. It worked for the Keuffel & […]

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Reducing Friction
Activity

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 1
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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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Measuring with Shadow
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Measuring with Shadow

How can you measure the width between screw threads? One way is with a machine is called an Optical Comparator. It was developed by James Hartness & Russell Porter, who […]

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