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Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below
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The Tsongas Industrial History Center is a hands-on center where students learn about the American Industrial Revolution through activities and tours of the sites where history—and science—happened. Choose from Field Trips or In-School Programs.

Students 'do history' by weaving, working on an assembly line, role-playing immigrants, voting in a town meeting, or becoming inventors. Students can also 'do science' as they use the engineering design process, manipulate simple machines, create canal systems and test water wheels, measure water quality, trace the flow of groundwater pollution, or discover river cleanup techniques.

Field Trips
Each program includes a hands-on workshop and tour and is fully guided--curb to curb. The program day is approximately four hours long. All programs are tied to curriculum standards and developed for students in particular grades. Just click on the links below to get a full description of each program.

In-School Programs
In-school programs are designed to supplement the history/social studies and science curricula or act as a pre-visit activity for Lowell trips. The programs are highly participatory and are conducted in your classroom.

Summer Camps
Campers discover the amazing connections between science and history in the place where industry began.

About the Tsongas Industrial History Center
The Tsongas Industrial History Center is an educational project of the UMass Lowell Graduate School of Education in cooperation with Lowell National Historical Park to encourage K-12 teachers, students, and youth groups to study the social, economic, and environmental causes and consequences of industrial development, decline, and renewal.

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Field Trip Programs: $195 per program of up to 30 students



115 John Street, Lowell, MA, 01852 map
Phone: 978-970-5080


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