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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.

“Edge on Science takes science off the page and puts it into the hands of your child.”
-Rondalyn Whitney, 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.

Program leaders

Your lead instructor is engineer, John Aviste. Student to instructor ratio of 7:1 or less.

What, where, when & how much

Boston -Metro West MA
Regis College, Weston MA • Hydraulics is done for this summer!
Stay tuned. We may run Hydraulics mid-semester. Check out our other sessions:

Summer Rocket Blast Off at the Gann Academy July 31 – August 4

Catapult Engineering at the Gann Academy August 7 – 11

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