11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers & their kids!
When I was a kid, my parents took us all over the continent in the summer, exploring nature, engineering wonders and technological achievements.
We'd always have a fun final destination, like Disneyland, but along the way, we had to stop off at dams, take tours of manufacturing plants and visit as many science centers as possible. We came to expect a stop at the local university campuses too where we'd run & play in the quad.
It was a great way to get us interested in technology & higher education. Not by reading but just by watching & witnessing.
@greg.lynch: ...but along the way, we had to stop off at dams, take tours of manufacturing plants and visit as many science centers as possible...
When I first came to America fromn England, I'd be driving along and see a sign saying "Historical Site xxx Miles" .... and I'd invariably stop to see what it was all about, only to discover a plaque saying something like "Fifty years ago today, General Groober shot himself in the armpit on this spot" LOL
One of the most exciting vacation spots for me and my husband (both engineers, well at least engineering degrees) was Las Vegas - not for gambling but to take the tour of Hoover Damn, where you get to take a tour of the inner workings. Fascinating!
@kfield: ...take the tour of Hoover Damn, where you get to take a tour of the inner workings. Fascinating!
It is a brilliant tour -- and the ideal thing to round off the day afterwards was to take a stroll around the Liberace Museum -- that's a sight you don't get to see every day.
Sad to relate, the museum closed in 2010 due to a drop in admissions. However, I did hear that the Liberace Foundation plans to relocate the museum to Downtown Las Vegas opening sometime this year (happy dance)
@Sheetal: Its a nice pass time in weekend with family.
I just remembered that there's an amazing museum in Sheffield, England, just down the road from whrere I grew up, called the "Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet -- thsi is an old-waterwheel-powered metal-working hamlet -- incredibly interesting.
@Max re the "industrial hamlet": I bet that is one of those wonderful old factories with a jackshaft running across the ceiling the entire length of the building, with one end protruding out connected to the waterwheel! All of the various machines were powered from this one shaft, connected to it by LEATHER BELTS.., I suspect that's where you developed your fascination with such items.
I should be a bit more specific. By "my neighborhood", I mean it's only about a six hour drive. Probably further than the Rocket center. We do have several other big hydro dams much closer than that.
We've do have a number of very nice avaiation muesums close by. The Spruce Goose is only 45 minutes away from me. The same museum also has a pair of Titan II missiles (one standing inside the building), an SR-71 and an X-15 full-size mock up.
I've done the Chief Joseph tour at Wenatchee -- and even cooler, a long time ago I got to stand scarily close to the spillway, since my grandpa worked there (and at many of the other dams, such as Grand Coulee and Bonneville). He also installed lights on the new (not original) Tacoma Narrows bridge -- obviously he wasn't scared of heights!
Maths is such an abstract subject that i wonder what kind of objects can be placed in the museum to attract crowd. It would be like an art exhibition where you need to loose yourself to understand what a craft and artist is trying to tell you.
The best mathematics exhibit I've seen is Charles and Ray Eames' Mathematica, sponsored by IBM. Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry used to have a copy of it. It's now at the New York Hall of Science, according to Wikipedia.