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Tsongas Industrial History Center at Lowell National Historical Park

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The Tsongas Industrial History Center — an education partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park — is a hands-on center where students, grade-school through college, learn about the American Industrial Revolution through activities, tours, and virtual programs of the sites where history and science happened. 

 

Programs by Tsongas Industrial History Center at Lowell National Historical Park

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Change Over Time: Through Children's Eyes

Travel back in time to “meet” children in a 17th-century Pennacook village, an 18th-century farm town, and a 19th-century industrial city. Using visual analysis skills with artwork and artifacts, students explore how children lived during times of...

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Engineering a Better Future (STEM)

Nineteenth-century mill workers suffered injuries as they operated large, dangerous machines. Students examine the Boott Cotton Mills’ looms and apply the engineering design process to identify safety problems and propose solutions. Using breakout...

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Human Impact on the Living Planet (STEM)

Tracing the water cycle, from precipitation to surface water runoff and groundwater, students investigate how humans impact the health of the environment. Students make predictions, conduct observations, and formulate conclusions as our staff...

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Immigration, Culture, and Community

Discover the stories of people who came from all over the world to Lowell and who now make up the city’s diverse community. Investigate primary sources, oral histories, and objects to learn about the immigrant groups who arrived in the U.S. in...

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Mill Girls: Life and Work in an Industrial City

Follow the journey of a mill girl from her family farm in the New England countryside to her new job operating a loom in Lowell’s Boott Cotton Mills. Meet two mill girls and learn about each girl's unique experience of life and work in a textile...

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The Same, Only Different

Follow the correspondence between six 2nd-grade Lowell students who become connected (as “digital pen-pals”) through a school project. As they share insights into their families, hobbies, and cultural traditions, they realize that even though...

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Waterpower: Powering a Revolution (STEM)

Explore how Lowell's integrated systems, waterwheels and turbines, transformed the potential energy of the Merrimack River into kinetic energy that ran machines. Through a series of investigations, students generate hypotheses and analyze data...

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More About This Provider

Type of Organization

Arts/Cultural/Museum

Contact

TIHC Staff   tihc@uml.edu
115 John Street, 3rd Floor
Lowell MA 01852
978-970-5080
United States

uml.edu/tsgonas

Primary Disciplines

The programs of Tsongas Industrial History Center at Lowell National Historical Park cover:

Problem Based Learning
Industrial Technology
STEM
Social and Emotional Learning( SEL)
Social Studies/History
Language Arts/English
Sciences
Technology/Information Science
Literacy
Problem Solving
Title I
Gifted & Talented
Standards
Best Practice

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

“They loved it. It was fun. It challenged the kids that are very bright and inspired those that are struggling with online learning. We have been struggling to get one particular child to even come to class. I noticed that she was adding to the data chat. It was a total success.”, “Expertly done in terms of being very high engagement. Great combination of visuals, videos, student sharing, choice etc. Well done. Fun, exciting, engaging. Your presenters all brought great energy, enthusiasm and knowledge.”, "The fact that the TIHC made this very hands-on workshop engaging and interesting virtually was amazing. I think it was like a master class about how to teach remotely and they did a wonderful job using photos, artifacts, and demonstrations."