Rubber Band Racer

Students looking for a great learning experience should go to the Port Huron Museum.

Now until April 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day “Simon’s Simple Machines” are taking over the museum.

The event is for a wide age of children, featuring a very hands-on way of learning. The six simple machines are explained to the children in ways that they can see and understand.

Everyone uses simple machines many times during their day, making this something a younger child can really understand and relate to. The event uses objects most people have in their homes to help show the children what the simple machines are.

Those looking for something even more exciting should seek out the Rubber Band Racer event. This event is extremely hands-on as the children create their own machine-car, powered by just a rubber band.

The event was great; my boys really loved being able to actually construct the cars themselves and see how the cars were working,” said Heather Benson, a Saint Clair mother of two boys aged nine and five. Benson thought the best part of the event was how suitable it was for all the different ages. The best cars from the Rubber Band Racer event will compete in the Simon’s Machine Challenge on April 16.

Although Simon’s Simple Machines is a daily event until April 23, the Rubber Band Racer event is only held two more times, March 19 and April 9 at 1 p.m. There is a nominal charge of $3.00 for each car kit. There is no additional fee to be a part of a “pit crew.” Museum entrance fees are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors or students, and children younger than four are free. It is recommended that the children are at least six years old, and pre-registration is suggested. For any further questions seek www.phmuseum.com or call the museum at (810)982-0891

Courtney Jacobs

Staff Writer

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