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If you’re fascinated by unusual inventions, engineering and science come to Crossroads Village July 22 when we’ll feature inventors and inventions from the 19th century to now.
Learn about folks such as Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Samuel Morse who each held hundreds of patents. Their discoveries in electronics, mass communication and other fields had a huge impact on the development of new products and services in the United States and around the world.
On this special day in the Village, several organizations, groups and schools will be on hand to encourage and inspire your interest in science and technology.
- The Delta College STEM explorer bus will be on Main Street allowing kids and adults alike a hands-on look at science.
- FIRST Robotics teams from Kettering University and local high schools will be set up inside Mill Street Warehouse to play Steam Works Games – where Elements of the 2017 FIRST ROBOTICS games will be featured! Competitions begin every hour. Each hour will have a Winner. 3 Stations: Climbing Station, Boiler (ball catcher) Station, Gear Transfer Station – provided by Kettering, FIRST Robotics Community Center.
- Kettering University’s Advanced Engine Research Laboratory will be doing show-and-tell with their most recent competitive builds.
- Factory Two will be inside the Mill Street Warehouse giving 3D Printer demonstrations and offering hands-on button making.
- Take a look inside our train shop and discover the science behind locomotives. Tours given at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
- Visit the Stanley Schoolhouse where kids get to make straw rockets, see a demonstration with Oobleck (visitors will be able to see and feel how this turns from a liquid to a solid and back again) and see a demonstration with a Tesla coil.
- Visit the Eldridge House and in the Davison Depot to compare modern day technology to their predecessor inventions.
All this is poised against the backdrop of 19th century Crossroads Village where water for the family garden is drawn from a hand pump, where cookies cool in the window of an historic home, and the whistle of our beloved narrow gauge Huckleberry Railroad can be heard as it gets ready to leave the depot.
Robotics Teams and park guests are encouraged to dress in their best family friendly STEAM PUNK attire!
The Village is open from 10 am to 5 pm so come early and stay all day. Special event activities will take place 10am to 3pm.
Get away right away to explore past, present and future inventions and the curious world of science and technology!