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Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop, New Haven, Conn.

Wooden Snowboarder at Eli Whitney MuseumDates for Olympics Programs: Separate workshops, Feb. 15-19. Ages: 6-12. Cost: $58 per child, per day, for non-members; $54 for members. Location: New Haven, Conn.

Winter Olympics Programs

If you can’t be in Vancouver for the Winter Games, you might still built your own Olympic ski slope at the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop.

At  Winter Vacation program, each child constructs his or her own world-class Olympians. They master the mechanisms of miniature mechanical movement, create unique uniforms, and learn the rules and strategy of Winter Sports in broadcasts from the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Each workshop has a beginning and advanced level.

Programs for Teachers and Students

Over the course of a year, students in programs at the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop build more than 70,000 projects. Teachers can choose a program from an extensive catalog to meet curriculum needs and fit students’ talents. Categories for school programs include Basic Skills, Design and Invention, Force and Motion, Electricity, Sound and Light, Natural History, Sustainable Design and Social Studies – Connecticut, and Multicultural Projects.

The museum and online museum features exhibits on inventor Eli Whitney himself, as well Leonardo daVinci and other inventors.

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