Groovy History: Roller Coasters

The first American roller coaster was actually a railway. The Mauch Chunk Switchback Gravity Railway (shown above) was built in the mountains of Pennsylvania in 1827. The track, originally built to send coal to the bottom of a hill, relied on mules to haul the empty cars back to the top of the hill. During non-peak hours, for one dollar, …

STEAM Education Delivered to Your Door

October 5, 2017 STEAM Education Delivered to Your Door: Ford Launches New Initiative to Engage Youth to Think Like an Engineer As part of Ford Motor Company’s commitment to STEAM education, the company is teaming up with Academics in a Box – designers of the award-winning Groovy Lab in a Box product line – to deliver an education kit right …

Groovy Earthquake Proof Skyscrapers

  “An earthquake is such fun when it is over.” – George Orwell A long time ago, our ancestors believed earthquakes to be the act of the Gods. Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, was the first to realise that earthquakes were more than an act of the Gods. To this day, STEMists continue to tame the devastating effects earthquakes have on …

Nikola Tesla: Imagining the Future

Nikola Tesla imagined the future and is being rediscovered in pop culture and celebrated as a man before his time.  He thought of devices and technologies we use today such as mobile phones, wireless internet and renewable energy. “It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages around the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his …

6 Kid-Friendly U.S. Aviation Museums

“I was sold on flying as soon as I had a taste for it.” – John Glenn Many young STEMists are curious about flight – whether they are watching how a bird flies or making a paper airplane that floats around the room. As you think about your summer vacation plans, consider visiting one of the many aviation museums around the …