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Each year, students and apprentices construct more than 70,000 projects in our eight teaching studios and in programs that cross Connecticut. In scope and scale, the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop’s programs are unrivaled.

Summer 2016

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Each summer, the Museum devotes itself to a series of week long workshops for young experimenters. Nearly 60 workshops to choose from, for a summer of inquisitive fun.

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Summer 2016 Registration Details

Registration for Members begins now. For Non-Members, registration will begin March 15th. All registrations must be filled out on the web site. Instructions are with the registration section of the site. Health forms should follow by mail or email but must be here by a child's first day at camp.

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School Programs


Over the course of a year, students in our programs build more than 80,000 projects. Choose a program from our extensive catalog to meet your curriculum needs and excite your students’ talents.

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Walk In Programs

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From Labor Day to Memorial Day we are open on Saturdays from 10 – 3 and Sundays from 12 – 5. When you visit us on a weekend day, an apprentice will work with your child as they build a project and begin to experiment. Sessions last from 20 minutes to an hour. Projects change from weekend to weekend. A sampling of possible projects is available here.

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Mail Order: First Factory


We sell kits for your classroom, after school programs, or school event. Few tools are necessary. Training is available. Satisfaction is guaranteed.

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The Whitney Aero­modeling Club is a year round youth aero­modeling club which meets the first and third Friday evenings at the Museum. It’s mission: to promote and sustain the art and craft of rubber-powered model aero­plane building and flight.

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PhET Simulations

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PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. All PhET simulations are freely available from the PhET website and are easy to use and incorporate into the classroom.

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Martin Luther King Day 2017

A Quilt in 9 Squares

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We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Basic Carpentry/Joinery & the Adirondack Chair

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In this 5 week, 3 hour /session class, you will product a full size Adirondack Chair while learning about the tools and techniques it takes to build one. There will be discussions on Design, Patterns, Tools and Finishing. You will leave with a chair ready to paint and decorate at home. The patterns and knowledge you will have should enable you to make more chairs on your own schedule using affordable hand tools.

Instructor: Mike Dunn
Fee: $275 (members $260) (includes all materials to build basic chair)

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ha•ven: a place of safety or refuge
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We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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