What we do in this makerspace!
Your child learns about simple machines and how a hydraulic system can be used to transmit power to move parts of a machine. Then she or he gets to experiment with the makerspace build components to see how they connect and work together. Everyone has a build buddy. The real fun begins when engineering objectives are given and everyone gets to design and build their own machine. What’s an objective? It might be something like, “Design and build a hydraulic machine to lift a model spaceship onto its launch pad.”
A custom photo tour of a Caterpillar earth moving machine will be taken. Your child gets to see it close-up, ponder its features and then model one of its hydraulic systems. We also work with 1:50 scale models of Caterpillar machines for an in-your-hands perspective on machine design.
Does your child get to keep a hydraulic project? Sure. Everyone gets to assemble a hydraulic hurling machine, that they get to take home and keep! Other machines, made with the makerspace components, are reverse engineered and their parts returned to their storage bins, for future budding engineers to use.
There is no end to what your child will come up with! We also explore the design process and consider such things as safety, ethics, selling an idea, cost to build, cost to maintain, specifications and so on.
“My boys came home every day full of ideas and eager to return the next day. Hydraulics was unlike any other camp they’ve been to — in the best possible way.” -Anita Raman, mom
Our corporate sponsor is Caterpillar, the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The machine pictured below is their large hydraulic excavator, the 390F L.
Why choose the EOS Hydraulics Makerspace?
What child has not marveled at the earth moving equipment on a construction site? Scale models of earth movers gives context and, therefore, understanding of how a hydraulic system can be used to do work. Children are introduced to the idea of engineering principles, and how these, in turn, can be applied to inventing a machine.
Tinkering is part of the process too. It is a valuable skill because it frees the imagination. It also helps to view a problem in different ways. A “What if?” approach is taken. And what’s more, the makerspace components lend themselves to honing spatial perception; your child’s ability to envision the geometry, the overall form and the function of the machine they are creating and building.
Children delight in their STEM creations and are eager to share them. In so doing, they are developing their social and communication skills, much to the delight of their parents!
Your lead instructor is engineer, John Aviste. Student to instructor ratio of 7:1 or less.
What, where, when, how much & registration
Boston -Metro West MA
Regis College, Weston MA
● Choose a three or four day camp the week of July 4th (No camp on the 4th)
● Week-long Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. programs
● Optional extended care 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. and/or 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
● Optional gourmet bagel sandwich lunch, including a fresh side, gourmet cookie & drink
● Limited to 14 children, rising 4th – 9th grade