Mechanisms and Observations

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Mechanisms and Observations

Ages 9-12
9 am- 3pm

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In 1798, the Mill River attracted Whitney to our historic site so the water would be harnessed to power Whitney’s Armory. As the river’s current turned a waterwheel, Whitney converted this spinning movement into mechanical processes such as milling, rolling, and hammering in order to produce the parts for his contract musket. Like Whitney, harness a spinning motion to power and observe three different mechanical movements- spinning, climbing, and hammering- with our Macrochip Controllers. Later, build a circuit using two motors and a string in order to observe the patterns that waves make with our Roto-rope spinner.

Fee: $85
Educator: Andrew Sargent

Before and after care available

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