April Vacation Programs 2012

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The Museum connects two powerful movements. Eli Whitney helped launch the Industrial Revolution here which collected 19th Century workers into cities – often smokey cities. East Rock Park was established on our south boundary in 1882 at the height of the Public Park Movement, a national effort to create access to nature in those cities.

This Earth Week, we will explore the riches of East Rock Park…and make things with or out of them. Each day we will take walks to observe and learn to collect with respect. We will construct Fandexes* to help identify differences. Then choose projects to deepen understanding and to experiment. (We have backup plans to adapt to April showers.)

We will also look at the field guides of New Haven's Dr. Worthington Hooker (1806-1867) who helped inspire the Public Parks Movement.

For ages 6 (first grade) – 12 years old. Each day has an advanced level group.

Extra Notes
1. We take great care in exploring. We do not walk far from the Museum.
2. Long pants, sneakers or boots, and socks are a must.
3. Tuesday, (The Stream), bring waterproof boots.
4. After lunch each day, Lena and Luther will lead an optional walk: How to walk a Schnauzer in the Park.

*Fandex Family Field Guides is a series of flexible field guides designed and copyrighted by New Haven's Eric Epstein and produced by Workman Publishing. We make our 5 card studies with permission.

A Day of Scratch for Beginners 4/17/12

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For students who have had no Scratch experience...

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The Trees 4/16/12

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Trees tell stories. Some have appetites for moist or swampy ground. Some favor the Park's dry rocky slopes. Some grow fast; some slow. Each has a place in a healthy woods.

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The Birds 4/18/12

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This is a perfect week for birds in the Park. On an early walk, spot up to 10 different bird species. Then make a Fandex to show the colors, habits, and songs of five.

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The Stream 4/17/12

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We will look at life on and in the Mill River. We will look for ducks and swans. we will look for the fish that they are looking for. We will look at the tiny critters that the fish are looking for…

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The Bugs 4/19/12

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Some bugs are our friends. Some are a nuisance. Some are beautiful to everyone, some to only a few. We will look for the bugs that keep the life cycles of the Park working.

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The Stewards 4/17/12

The first plan of East Rock Park shows a Nursery Ground across our bridge and just below the land that the Museum occupies.

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The Fountain 4/19/12

Designers include fountains in parks to entertain and comfort people. They keep people out of the ponds and streams that belong to fish and fowl…

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The Understory 4/20/12

Beneath the trees, whole families of plants live and work together. We will look for the smallest of these…

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February Vacation Programs 2012

"Place" supports invention.. The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center (http://invention.smithsonian.org/home/) is studying the architecture and geography of invention: what habits and habitats support success? This year's Engineer's Week we will create 5 working model workshops to explore 5 styles of invention. These are tool kits that will enrich your workshop.

Ages: 6 (First Grade) through 12 years old. Each day has a beginning and advanced level group.

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MLK Day 2012: The Power of Design

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On Martin Luther King's Day, celebrate understanding, ingenuity and generosity.

Namibia occupies the Atlantic coast of southwest Africa. Its area is almost 5 times the size of New England but much of that land is unfriendly desert. Its population is small. Some of its people enjoy modern prosperity. But many toil to live from the land much as their ancestors did.

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Holiday Vacation Programs 2011

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The Museum offers a day long (9am – 3pm) program to enrich the hours of the school holidays. This year, December 27th, 28th and 29th.

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Holiday Vacation Programs 2012

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The Museum offers a day long (9am – 3pm) program to enrich the hours of the school holidays. This year, Wednesday, December 26th, Thursday, December 27th and Friday, December 28th.

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February Vacation 2011

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The Museum offers a day long (9am – 3pm) program to enrich the hours of the school holidays.

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2011 Martin Luther King Day Program

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January 17, 2011

  • The Museum offers a day long (9am – 3pm) program to enrich the hours of the school holidays.
  • Before and after care (7:30 am – 5:30 pm) is available at $6 per hour.
  • Per day: $59 ($55 for members)
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November Vacation Programs 2010

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The Museum offers a day long (9am – 3pm) program to enrich the hours of the school holidays.

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April Vacation Programs 2010

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Earth Week
As Earth Day approaches, consider the lives of creatures whose world we share. we will look at challenges that are disrupting lives. We will build models to understand and support each creature's important place. We will do something to make a difference, starting on this site. (Well, lions and tigers and bears live farther away, but we will do something.) Suitable for beginning and experienced students ages 6 - 12.

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2010 January Vacation Day Program

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January 12, 2010

  • The Museum offers a day long (9am – 3pm) program to enrich the hours of the school holidays.
  • Before and after care (7:30 am – 5:30 pm) is available at $6 per hour.
  • Per day: $58 ($54 for members)
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Winter Vacation Programs 2010

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Olympic sports are a blend of art science, invention and discipline. Construct your own world-class Olympians. Master the mechanisms of miniature mechanical movement. Create unique uniforms. Learn the rules and strategy of Winter Sports in broadcasts from the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Each workshop has a beginning and advanced level.

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Winter Vacation Programs 2009

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The Museum offers day long programs to enrich the hours of the holidays. The programs are for 7–12 year olds unless otherwise noted.

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Archived Project Designs

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Since 1988, the Museum and its apprentices have been designing and building unique projects, classes, experiments, toys, and tricks.

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Columbus Day Vacation 2013

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We DO NOT need medical forms for Vacation Programs.

Fee per day: $60 ($56 for members)

Before and after care (7:30 am – 5:30 pm) is available at $8 per hour.

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Fall 2012: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur

This year we will sample projects from kindred spirits who explore the learning challenges we find exciting. We want to try out their teaching, their tricks, their techniques. Think: familiar ingredients…fresh recipes.

Extended day hours will be available from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at a rate of $8 per hour.

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February Vacation Programs 2013

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The Museum offers a day long (9am – 3pm) program to enrich the hours of the school holidays. This year, Monday, February 18th, through Friday, February 22nd.

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MLK Day 2013 Programs

The Museum offers a day long (9am – 3pm) program to enrich the hours of the school holidays. This year, on Monday, January 21st, Martin Luther King Day, the Museum will celebrate diversity.

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Rosh Hashanah Vacation 2013

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We DO NOT need medical forms for Vacation Programs.

Fee per day: $60 ($56 for members)

Before and after care (7:30 am – 5:30 pm) is available at $8 per hour.

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Adult Classes @ The Eli Whitney Museum

Adult classes? Because you keep asking us for them…

The programs below are broken up into Multiple Week Programs or short Workshops (1.5 to 3 hours long.) The classes are listed more or less in the order of dates offered.

All registrations will be done over the phone. NOT On Line
Call us at the Museum, 203.777.1833 to ask any questions and to register.

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Winter Vacation Programs 2015

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We DO NOT need medical forms for Vacation Programs.

Fee per day: $65 ($60 for members)

Before and after care (7:30 am – 5:30 pm) is available at $8 per hour.

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Monday Feb 15th and Tuesday Feb 16th

Winter Vacation Programs 2016

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We DO NOT need medical forms for Vacation Programs.

Fee per day: $65 ($60 for members)

Before and after care (7:30 am – 5:30 pm) is available at $8 per hour.

Registration is Online

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'Hour of Code'/Scratch

1.5 hours/wk x 4 weeks
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The "Hour of Code" is Code.org’s introduction to computer programming. Learn the basic concepts through drag-and-drop programming with tips and lessons from professional coders. You’ll start by guiding a character through a maze using repeat loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms: everything new programmers need to graduate to Scratch and write their first programs.

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Election Day 2013 Programs

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We DO NOT need medical forms for Vacation Programs.

Fee per day: $60 ($56 for members)

Before and after care (7:30 am – 5:30 pm) is available at $8 per hour.

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February Vacation 2014: Engineers Wk

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The Museum offers a day long (9am – 3pm) program to enrich the hours of the school holidays. This year, during the Olympics, we will offer two days of projects to match the line up in Sochi and three days of open ended MAKE projects.

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February Vacation 2017: Engineers Week

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The Museum offers a day long (9am – 3pm) program to enrich the hours of the school holidays. This year, during the Olympics, we will offer two days of projects to match the line up in Sochi and three days of open ended MAKE projects.

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Martin Luther King Day Programs 2014

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The Museum offers a day long (9am – 3pm) program to enrich the hours of the school holidays. This year, on Monday, January 21st, Martin Luther King Day, the Museum will celebrate diversity.

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The Explorer: Outside of the Box

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In 2011, 9 year old Caine Monroy built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his father's auto parts store. Caine's first customer was Nirvan Mullick, a filmmaker, who was deeply impressed with Caine's drive and creativity. Mullick made a powerful video to honor Caine's inventiveness. http://youtu.be/faIFNkdq96U

Mullick established the Imagination Foundation to encourage others to explore the fun they can discover in simple materials.

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The Explorer: Voyager Boldly Goes into Interstellar Space

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August 25, 2013: Voyager 1 left our solar system.

Your mother was not likely your age in 1977 when Voyager 1 was launched at Cape Canaveral. The first Star Wars movie had just premiered. The Apple II computer was beginning to make home computing a possibility. The state of the art computers that are still guiding Voyager had a tiny fraction of the power of the last smart phone you touched. But a great adventure was beginning. Voyager, the size of a pickup truck, continues to travel more distant reaches than any other manmade object.

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