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Each year, students and apprentices construct more than 80,000 projects in our eight teaching studios and in programs that cross Connecticut. In scope and scale, the Whitney Workshop’s programs at the Eli Whitney Museum are unrivaled.

2020 @School @Home Programs

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Designs for The Bauhaus Project were developed by apprentices whose stipends were funded by the Arts Endowment of The CT DECD: Connecticut Office of the Arts

What are @Home @School Programs?

We have tailored our programs to be able to teach them either In-person in Schools, On-line as a live stream for Schools or parents schooling at home, or, On-Demand for anyone interested in building our projects.

This catalog does not necessarily reflect all the designs and programs available – we have refined it to reflect the needs of Schools and Parents participating in Distance Learning. If you have a project need or design that you don't see on this list, please call Kiran at the Workshop, 203.777.1833, or email her at to discuss your needs.

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School Programs (Meeting CT, CC, or NGSS Standards)

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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 Projects 2022

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From July 1st - September 5th, the Eli Whitney Museum & Workshop is offering free walk-in projects to children under 18 y.o.! Plan your visit to the museum on a weekend; we are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm. No appointment or reservation necessary.

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. After building your project, you can enjoy our water lab just outside the main museum building. Float your boats in the water tables, experiment with water flowing from the mill river, or just cool off and play!

Don't be discouraged by a rainy day, we have our marble wall inside, and a wide variety of projects to choose from (listed below).

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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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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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Birthday Parties

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Build a robot, add a motor and an eccentric wheel (or heart or star), a battery and wire it up. Your robot will dance and vibrate to any tune you call. Build a traditional robot, a Stormtrooper a Supergirl or maybe even Silver Surfer robot. You get to choose.

New this year Birthdays for PreK children!

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Fantasy Game Night 2021 - 2022

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We meet monthly on a Friday night to play and share expertise. Bring your band of warriors, bring snacks.All are welcome.

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Summer 2022

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Each summer, the Workshop devotes itself to a series of week-long workshops for young experimenters. 44 workshops to choose from, for a summer of inquisitive fun. Registration opens on January 3rd.

Summer 2022 Covid-19 Update

Our 2022 summer classes will be in-person and primarily outdoors. We will take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of campers, staff, and families. We will release our official Summer 2022 COVID policies by May 1.

Regards, EWM

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