fun Aug. 5 at ALPLM
Battleships, secret messages, risky
operations – it must be Civil War Tech at the Lincoln Presidential
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[July 30, 2017]
– It will be a day of dueling ironclads, coded messages and
battlefield operations Aug. 5 when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum presents a back-to-school showcase of its popular
Civil War Tech program.
Civil War Tech offers hands-on activities that let
children explore the intersection of history and technology. The
back-to-school event features 10 activities for kids, including the
design and build ironclad ships and test them in
load and fire a rubber-band Gatling gun
design and build bridges to see what type is
send and receive coded messages using cipher
create photographs using some Civil War-era
play a giant game of Civil War-themed Operation.
The event takes place at the ALPLM’s library building
(112 N. Sixth St., Springfield) and runs 10 a.m. to noon.
Civil War Tech, made possible by support from AT&T, is meant for
children ages 8 to 12. It melds science, technology, engineering and
mathematics education with history. Thousands of students have
participated in Civil War Tech programs at the presidential library
and at schools around central Illinois.
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“Abraham Lincoln had a passion for technology and its power to
change people’s lives. We think using history to explain scientific principles
can ignite that same passion in today’s students,” said Alan Lowe, executive
director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to telling the
story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents,
photographs, artifacts and art. The museum uses traditional exhibits,
eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate
It also has some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history,
making the library one of the nation’s leading institutions for genealogy and
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum]