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Mini-Maker Space: Habitat for HopToads

Grades K-2

Students are introduced to Mr. Hoptoad and have to brainstorm what his habitat needs. Students then use the provided materials to create a habitat for Mr. Hoptoad.

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Mini-Maker Space: Tallest Freestanding Tower

Grades 1-5

Students are presented with historical blueprints and are tasked with developing their own. Our virtual program entails an engineering challenge. In honor of our tallest ride ever built, The Sky Wheel, students must develop the tallest free-standing tower with only provided materials.

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Mini-Maker Space: Ride Safety

Grades 3-9

Students are presented with a design challenge to create a car for a new thrill ride. Students will explore the engineering process and safety features that ride engineers utilize.

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Code Vol. 1: Binary Bracelets

Grades 2-4

Our historic band organ runs on a unique system of perforated paper rolls that utilize binary code. Students participating in ‘Binary Bracelets’ learn about the capital Binary Alphabet.

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Code Vol. 3

Grades 6-9

The third coding lesson offered by the museum. This lesson highlights the use of functions within computer coding. Teachers have the option to choose between two workshops. Both challenge students to complete function tasks to direct a Sphero Bolt+ to complete the project.

Code Vol. 4

Grades 6-9

Code Vol. 4 is the fourth and currently most advanced coding lesson offered by the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. This lesson highlights the use of functions within computer coding. Teachers can choose between a 1-day field trip or a multi-day workshop. Both challenge students to code original music. 

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Conductive Construction

Grades 1-5

Students will learn about electricity and how it relates to the carrousel. In the workshop, they will use squishy circuits to learn about closed and open circuits. Students will use conductive play dough to experiment with circuits in groups. 

Design-A-Ride

Grades 3-9

The Allan Herschell Company was known for its carrousels but made over 30 other types of amusement rides. All rides; from the simpler Kiddieland amusements to the more complex creations like the SkyWheel, a double Ferris wheel within a Ferris wheel, came as a blueprint. 

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Marble Roller Coasters

Grades 5-9

The Allan Herschell Company was known for its carrousels but made over 30 other types of amusement rides, including roller coasters. Students will build roller coasters during the workshop.