Monday, May 2, 2016

Connecting our history to our tinkering programs

The American Precision Museum is a National Historic Landmark and engineering heritage site where we seek to connect history to technology and engineering. Our telegraph project accomplished this goal by connecting our magnetism tinkering workshops to our Civil War exhibit, Arming the Union.

We used these instructions.

Materials included:
Wood Blocks
Telephone wire
Wire Strippers
Perforated Metal Hanger Strips

We also offered this program in the summer for a Family Maker Day.  It provided a nice challenge for both adults and children. Everyone was excited when they were able to make their telegraphs work! 

This program provides a nice connection between history and technology. It was here at the American Precision Museum where new technological innovations had an impact on the Civil War.

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