Kids can build ships and boats, learn creative construction and make their own roller coaster with take-home kits from the Frohman Summer Series: Hands-on History at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont.
The three-part series, which promotes learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through local history, will take place in-person during three sessions throughout the summer. There also will be 10 take-home kits available per session for those who would rather complete the activities at home.
The in-person program and take-home kits are free. Kids can attend or get take-home kits for one, two or all three sessions. For in-person sessions, kids can pick from one of two time slots offered during the June, July and August sessions. There are five spots available in each time slot.
Registration for in-person attendance or to receive a take-home kit that can be picked up at Hayes Presidential is required. To register contact Julie Mayle, curator of manuscripts, at 419-332-2081, ext. 239, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This series is geared toward 6 to 11-year-olds. Sessions for each month are:
Wednesday, June 16 – Cedar Point Roller Coasters: Students can learn about speed, strength, gravity and other principles of physics and engineering by building a roller coaster using a variety of materials. From 1892 to the present day, coasters have been a top attraction of Cedar Point amusement park generation after generation.
Using the Charles E. Frohman Collection photographs from Hayes Presidential’s collections, drawings and documents, students will analyze and build models of 19th and 20th-century coasters, comparing them to today’s coasters.
Wednesday, July 14 – All Hands on Deck!: Ships and Boats of the Great Lakes: Students will learn about buoyancy, floatation, displacement and other principles of physics and engineering by building different types of boats with a variety of materials. Using the Frohman Collection photographs, drawings, and documents, students will learn about the Great Lakes commercial shipping industry, as well as the passenger vessels that occupied the area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Wednesday, Aug. 18 – Thinking Outside the Box: Engineering and Creative Construction: Using the Frohman historic photographs and documents, students will learn about the innovative cardboard box manufacturer, Hinde & Dauch Paper Company. The business successfully operated from 1880 to 1981 in Sandusky.
Students will gain an understanding of basic engineering principles and use that knowledge to construct functional bridges, containers and towers.
Hayes Presidential is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org.