Virtual Youth Programming

Virtual Summer Camp

Budding engineers! The National Museum of Industrial History is taking our summer camp online with a series of virtual programs designed to build STEM skills and encourage inquiry-based learning through hands-on, creative projects. Your young manufacturer will start the week digitally interviewing a member of the Manufacturers Resource Center Dream Team, a group of young employees with successful STEM careers at advanced manufacturing Pennsylvania companies, and be introduced to their project for the week. Campers will continue their project at their own pace throughout the week by utilizing a camp kit included in enrollment. Camp kits will include a schedule, daily workbook, video tour of the Dream Team member’s manufacturing facility, supplies, and a live, virtual deep dive into artifacts from the museum’s collection. Each camper will be offered individual virtual support for their projects through scheduled ‘office hours’ with an NMIH educator twice a week. Camp will culminate in a digital “Friends and Family” event, where campers can share their work and get feedback.  

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Online Industrial Story Time

All story times will be streamed via Facebook Live on the museum’s Facebook page.
Saturday, May 30 – Night Train
Sunday, May 31 – R is for Railway
Saturday, June 6 – The Little Dump Truck
Sunday, June 7th – With Any Luck I’ll Drive a Truck

Where do Steam Trains Sleep at Night?
Alphabet Trucks
I Knew You Could
Pete the Cat and the Super Cool Science Fair

Quotes and Quests

NMIH has partnered with our friends at Bethlehem Area Public Library for ‘Quotes and Quests,’ a youth activity series. These programs are geared towards kids grades 5-8, feature quotes from prominent historical figures, and send kids on a journey to learn something new about industry, science, technology, engineering, or math. Come back each Tuesday at noon for a new activity!

Activity 1 – May 12
We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering and technology, and mathematics. Everything is physics and math.
– Katherine Johnson

Research Activity: Learn more about S.T.E.M. through this video – STEM: What it is and why it’s important?

Action Activity: Go to and select a project that is age and ability appropriate for you.

Share: How do you see your experience with S.T.E.M. activities preparing you for your future? What aspect is your favorite aspect science, technology, engineering or math? Drop a note on our Facebook feed and let us know!

Activity 2 – May 19

“It’s all up to us. Remember, there were people who said the airplane couldn’t fly.” – Grace Murray Hopper, mathematician, computer technology inventor, 1906-1992

Research Activity: Research how the modern day airplane was invented. Who were the inventors involved and how did they iterate and test their inventions?

Action Activity: Make the ultimate paper airplane.  Design a test list to measure the quality of each design. How fast did it fly? How far did it fly? Which one was in the air the longest? You must decide what stats are most important to make it your ultimate flying machine!

If you need some inspiration you can check out some designs and stats here:

Comment to Share: Share your ultimate paper airplane and its stats our Facebook feed for a chance to win a free family membership to NMIH!

Activity 3 – May 26th

Everybody who’s a physician, who makes vaccines, who wants to find the cure for cancer. Everybody who wants to do any medical good for humankind got the passion for that before he or she was 10. – Bill Nye

Action Activity: Discover what your passion is and how you want to pursue it in the future. Take this aptitude test and see what the results are to get you started: and/or brainstorm a list of things you like to do, ideas you’re passionate about, ways you spend your free time, etc. Once the list is complete see if you can connect any possible careers to the items on your list. 

Research Activity: What was the result of your survey?  What training will you need?  How can you start your path towards your goal right now?

Comment to Share: Tell us what your passion for the future is!

Virtual TinkerTime

Join NMIH and PBS39 for an interactive, live virtual TinkerTime program! These programs are designed to engage kids from Kindergarten through 4th grade and feature a live-streamed program with an educator.  Activities take approximately 30 minutes and the program streams live on NMIH’s Facebook Page every Thursday at 4:30pm EST.

Thursday, June 4th at 4:30pm
Raid the junk drawer with me as we find the odds and ends we can twist and bend to make our very own robot friend. Explore with me in the video and then adventure into your own junk drawer to share your TInkerBot creations in the comments afterwards!

Previous Virtual TinkerTime Recordings

Carton Flyers
Recycle your egg cartons while creating hours of fun experimenting with your new flying wonder! All you need to participate is a piece of letter-sized paper, egg carton, and decorating materials of your choice for the carton. Comment afterwards with a picture of your creation and something your observed while experimenting!

Kitchen Casting
Explore the changes in states of matter while replicating the process of steel casting with edible castings. See some examples in the video and come up with your own to share afterwards!

Graham Cracker Fairyland
We will use simple architecture concepts to build a graham cracker house and decorate to accommodate our fairy friends. Go through the structural process in the video and add your own exterior design to share in the comments after!