Trains and Steam Engines
Name: Judith M.
Are there any experiments about trains or steam
I am teaching a 2 hr class for 5-11 year olds on trains and am looking for
any experiments on steam engines, or anything else that I could tie into the
study of trains. I have lots of the history and social impact but no
experiments (which is what the kids really want!)
There are a number of companies that make model steam engines. They are
expensive. The one I use in my demos is made by Jensen. If you do a web
search, you will likely find suppliers for these.
If your budget does not allow this kind of investment, you might consider a
Hero's engine. Designed in Alexandria in about 62AD, it is a demonstration of
steam power (though not a steam engine). A drawing of the original can be
Models of it are available from science supply houses for about $25. Or build
the economy (requires a pop can) from the drawings at
Good luck and full steam ahead.
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