Kids learn STEM with hands-on experiments, activities during summer program

Kids can build their own boats, design a roller coaster and create a terrarium during the Frohman Summer Series: Hands on History at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

The Frohman Summer Series: hands-on history returns for its second year to offer three different sessions for kids ages 6 -11 using materials from the Charles E. Frohman Collection at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Through experiments and hands-on activities, kids will gain firsthand knowledge in history through science, technology, engineering and math initiatives. 

“HANDS-ON HISTORY weaves together our local history and science through interactive STEM projects that bring the past alive,” said Nan Card, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums curator of manuscripts.

The sessions are free. Kids can attend one or all. Parents are welcome to attend with their children. Each session is offered from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2 to 4 p.m. Kids can attend one of the two sessions on each date.

  • Thursday, June 20 – Roller Coasters: Students can learn about speed, strength, gravity and other principles of physics and engineering by designing 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 Frohman Collection photographs, drawings and documents, students will analyze and build models of roller coasters.
  • Thursday, July 18 – 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
  • Thursday, Aug. 15 - Ever-Changing Lake Erie: Through the Frohman historic photographs and maps, students will learn about the Great Lakes and, in particular, nearby Lake Erie. They will learn how the lakes were formed and why Lake Erie is the most biologically productive of the Great Lakes. They will compare firsthand Lake Erie’s current condition and its plant and aquatic life to that of the early 20th Using water brought from Lake Erie, students will learn about pollution and how water is filtered, making it free of bacteria and safe for human consumption. They will also gain an understanding of the water cycle by creating closed terrariums.

Registration is required and limited to 10 kids per session. Register by calling Nan Card or Julie Mayle at 419-332-2081, ext. 239, or email them at [email protected] or [email protected].

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of 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.

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