Second Saturdays for Families: Simple Machines

Michigan History Museum
702 W. Kalamazoo Street,
Lansing, MI 48915

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and History may be taught separately in schools, but they are really not so different after all. Science meets our human past in this series of Second Saturdays for Families programs. Each month, explore an exciting historical topic from our exhibits paired with a hands-on experiment or project. All supplies are provided and you get to take your project home.

  • Michigan's historic lumbering industry led to the invention of helpful machines like the Big Wheel. Today, explore engineering by building and testing your own simple machine. Afterward, stop by our Lumbering Gallery to see a real Big Wheel and try to figure out how it works. See all Second Saturdays for Families programs.
Each Second Saturdays for Families program is included with museum admission. You can save on admission and receive other great benefits when you become a Michigan History Center member.


The Michigan History Museum-flagship of the Michigan History Museum System-is located in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center. Sunday admission and weekend parking are free. Read more Michigan History Museum visitor information.

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