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School Visits

Rosebank Revisited

In association with Toitu, the other “half” of Rosebank school visited the museum today. Tom and John took the kids through the various exhibits, but the traction engine, the steam roller, and the face shovel were voted favourites.

Team talk before the tour.

 

 The kids line up to “drive” the shovel.

 

Art, Education, and (many) Projects

A full-on day at the museum today, a near complete turnout of operations volunteers, and ending with some very TOB’S (tired old boys).

Today Keith, Mack and Glynn progressed the gas engine project, Bob B. continued on the traction engine overhaul, Stan progressed the boiler feed pump restoration, Tom continued the small exhauster valve gear repair, and John assisted with disposal of the empty fuel drums. Today was Dan’s first Tuesday, and he fitted successfully and seemlessly into our operation.

Alan commenced restoration of the works punch card time clock, with the aim to return the unit to full working order, and to provide an eventual visitor interactive attraction.

John hosted Anita DeSoto, lecturer – Dunedin School of Art @ the Otago Polytech, and her group of students on a field trip to the engine house. Many very impressive charcoal and similar media art works emerged during the day. Feed back to us indicated the museum was an enjoyable and suitable venue for the students. We look forward to hosting them again.

After lunch, in association with Toitu, we hosted Sara and 60 students from Rosebank school in South Otago. John, Mack and Tom shared the duties, explaining in simple terms the relationship and the roll of fly-wheels, rods, cranks and pistons in general, and specifically in the operation of the Gas works pumping machinery.

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Keith operates the heritage round-bed lathe, adjusting parts for the gas engine project.

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 Stan and Bob explaining to a contractor, a possible fault on the traction engine.

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Alan commences restoration of the punch-card time clock.

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 This pile of empty fuel drums is now history.

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 Dunedin School of Art students ply their craft while Tom works on the Small Exhauster.

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Later in the day, the students got together for a collective work. 

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Rosebank school students ask those “awkward” questions.

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Using our great examples, John explains some basic energy theory.  

Plumbers’, Builders’, Journalist’s and Students’

Another busy work day.
The plumbers were on-site to attend to the roof leaks.
Contractors continued work on the replacement Braemar street fence.
Volunteer routine maintenance included continued machine protection work and fuel transfer.
We hosted a Otago Polytech student group, who, as part of their studies, are assisting with the organisation of the up-coming labour weekend Steam Festival.
We also hosted a representative from the community newspaper the “East Otago Review” with the aim of publishing a story about the museum.

Footing installation for the Braemar steet fence extension

Otago Polytech students get "steamed up" over the up-coming Labour weekend

More photos from Hands on Science.


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A few more pictures of Hands on Science including a catch up with Sheena from Pukekohe High School whom I had the pleasure of teaching!… and a moving Bill Cowan – but a great photo effect!….Sara from the Otago Settlers Museum showing students the Fitting Shop, Ann helping with pikelets and Jessica discussing various types of gas stoves and the history of the domestic use of gas.

Busy Times ahead for the museum!

Tue Jan 18 @12:00 – 04:00PM
Tuesday Workday / Open day
University “Hands on Science” in the afternoon

Sun Jan 23 @12:00 – 04:00PM
Open Day 12 noon -4pm

Tue Jan 25 @12:00 – 04:00PM
Tuesday Workday / Open day

Tue Feb 01 @12:00 – 04:00PM
Tuesday Workday / Open day

Sun Feb 06 @12:00 – 04:00PM
Open Day 12 noon -4pm

Tue Feb 08 @12:00 – 04:00PM
Tuesday Workday / Open day

Thu Feb 10 @5:00 – 07:30PM
Celebration of the fitting shop restoration

Tue Feb 15 @12:00 – 04:00PM
Tuesday Workday / Open day

Sat Feb 19 @10:00 – 04:00PM
South Dunedin Heritage Day

Sun Feb 20 @12:00 – 04:00PM
Open Day 12 noon -4pm

St Bernadette’s School visit

Tuesday, 23rd November 2010

68 school children from St Bernadette’s School visited the Gasworks Museum together with their teachers on Tuesday 23rd November 2010.

5 different sets of activities were set up and each session lasted 10 minutes.  A loud whistle was the signal for the changeover of activities.

The 5 activities were:

1. DISCOVERING WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO WORK IN THE GASWORKS

2. DISCOVERING THE GASWORKS

3. DISCOVERING HOW GAS WAS USED – COOKING WITH GAS

4. DISCOVERING HOW A BOILER WORKS

5. DISCOVERING HOW GAS WAS MADE AND PUMPED

This school visit has been a real hands-on experience for the school children!

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St Bernadette’s School Visit

A HUGE thanks to you and all the guys involved in our visit today.

What a fantastic trip. The children loved it, and will be talking about it for awhile.

We really appreciate the child friendly atmosphere you ALL created.

... It's our pleasure please come and visit us again.