Our local -- and very kewl -- living history museum, Conner Prairie, focuses on the 19th century; when a news report announced they'd received a grant to fuel (ahem) youngsters interest in Science, Technology, Engineering And Math, I was heartened.
...Then I read it would feature "...wind and water-power...." While windmills and watermills are about a serious an 1800s tech as it gets, it's largely a rule-of-thumb, wooden-gears affair, usually on a scale too big to be safe around kids. "Engineering" rode in the with steam engine -- and stayed.
Thus I was relieved to go to the Conner Prairie website and learn the ending-today S.T.E.A.M. Week includes genuine steam engines -- even if they have decided the "a" stands for "the Arts." Somebody's got to pinstripe those engines!
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