American Precision Museum’s 19th annual Model Engineering Show & Maker Space

WINDSOR, Vt. – American Precision Museum presents its annual event Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event brings together exhibitors in modeling, technology, robotics, solar energy, and tinkering in two locations – the museum, 196 Main Street, and the Windsor Rec Center, just a short walk from the museum.

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Participants working with scribble bots. Photo provided.

Howard Coffin, noted author and speaker, will talk about Vermont Sharpshooters at 2 p.m. at the museum. Coffin has had exhibits at APM before showcasing his personal collection of Civil War artifacts. Frank the Welder, a well-known bicycle designer and maker from Bellows Falls will be at the rec center demonstrating his innovative techniques for building custom bike frames. The film “Dream Big” will be shown throughout the day. This documentary narrated by Jeff Bridges, focuses on young women engineers who have worked on projects around the world to bring water to arid locations, bridge rivers, and much more. The film screenings coincide with “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” program where women engineers from around New England will talk about careers in engineering for young women.

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Lots of fun exhibits at the Windsor Rec Center. Photo provided.

The Robo Rattlers Robotic team returns to center stage at the rec center with fun and demonstrations for the entire family. VEX robots will also be on display along with the opportunity to try your hand at controlling a Sphero Rolling Robot. APM will have 3D printers on display as well as a Maker Table and a circuit board soldering demonstration.

Steve Giroux of Third Generation Design in Windsor will have videos of his drone photography and maybe a small drone will be flying overhead in the gymnasium. The Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts will also be attending the show with their members, and information about their educational programs in auto mechanics. The Green Mountain Wireless shortwave radio group will be broadcasting from the daylong event.

Vermont Tech’s Mobile Manufacturing Lab will be on display at the rec center. This lab on wheels will give people a first-hand look at modern manufacturing and design. Norwich Solar Technologies will also have a display at the rec center describing benefits of solar installations, for commercial and residential use.

There is an admission fee, but free parking. Both locations are handicap accessible. The museum is located at 196 Main Street, Windsor, Vt. For more information, call 802-674-5781 or go to www.americanprecision.org.

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