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STEAM @ Ten Broeck Mansion: History-Based STEAM Programs for Families

  • Dates: 7/20/2024, 8/3/2024, 8/17/2024
  • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Price: FREE.
  • Overview

    Join us for free history-inspired STEAM programs with something for the entire family!


    STEAM into history in our four acres of gardens and grounds with free hands-on activities, all supplies included. Programs held outdoors (under tent) rain or shine - please dress accordingly.


    June 8: Astronomy. Make your own sundial and learn how astronomy helped people keep time in early Albany. Special guest: The Dudley Observatory.


    June 22: Engineering. Get hand-on and build a brick wall and learn about the historic bricks in the Ten Broeck Mansion. Plus, discover engineering marvels in the Ten Broeck Mansion Butler's pantry. Special guest: The Bottle Museum.


    July 6: Meteorology/Weather. Make your own weathervane and learn about how weather impacted Albany history. Plus, meet a meteorologist! Special guests: News 10 ABC meteorologist and the National Weather Service.


    July 20: Ornithology. Make a hummingbird feeder and use paper airplanes to learn about bird flight. What birds can you find in the Ten Broeck Mansion gardens? Special guests: Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and Audubon Society of the Capital Region.


    August 3: Waterways/Sailing. Make a boat from everyday materials and learn how to "crack" Morse code, plus create your own code inspired by a WWII codebook in our museum collections. Special Guests: New York State Canal Corporation.


    August 17: Ceramics and the Art of Pottery. Let's work with clay! Learn how to make a coil pot and learn about the ceramics in the Ten Broeck Mansion, and the world-famous "Albany slip" which was mined close by. Special Guest: Art Center of the Capital Region.


    See our other program listings for free family programs including historic foodways, bulb planting, and more through December.


    Accessibility: the Ten Broeck Garden grounds are generally level, but be aware of uneven areas and a small slope towards the Mansion


    Parking: free parking in our lot off Livingston Avenue.


    On foot: We are easily accessible on foot - sidewalks lead up to the Ten Broeck Mansion. Please note there is a gradual rise uphill.


    Bus: CDTA bus line 804. More information here: https://tenbroeckmansion.org/planning-your-visit/


    Participants are asked to follow safety practices. Please dress comfortably and wear shoes/sneakers for walking in a garden. Bring your own water bottle. Please note: programs will offer supplies for programs, but alternate projects may be offered depending on attendance levels.


    Programs made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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