Election Day 2019

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Ages 9 – 12

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Vacation Program

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 9 to 12
  • By Andrew Sargent, Site Historian & Lead Educator

A.C. Gilbert introduced the Erector Set just over 100 years ago. Fifty years ago, the classic steel construction set's popularity was in decline. Recent research has uncovered a lively experiment meant to expand interest in the years of Erector's decline.

Students at Cooper Union, a prominent art school in New York, were encouraged to make art of Erector girders, nuts, bolts, wheels and axles. Their wild, beautiful constructions must have shocked Erector traditionalists.

On election Day, we will repeat the Cooper Union's experiment. Learn the basics of Erector construction. Decode drawings, identify and assemble parts. Then choose from the treasury of parts to create your own free style sculpture. The authentic Gilbert parts that you use will be yours to take home.

Fee: $70 per day
Ages 9 – 12

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