MAKE: Mechanical Movements

Eli Whitney Museum

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Vacation Program

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 9 to 13
  • By Andrew Sargent, Site Historian & Lead Educator

On Election Day we ask, Who is in control?" Test that idea. Or just take control.

150 years ago, water powered the machines on our site. A clever vocabulary of gears, cogs, belts and levers controlled the speed, direction and the shape of the movement. H.T. Brown wrote a dictionary of those movements to train Mechanics.

Construct 3 classic mechanical movements in our newest adaptations of Brown's Lessons. Then put them to work. They can snap and work together. They can make figures dance, act or play. They are a basic vocabulary to get your imagination moving in new directions.

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