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2/21 Steam train, Polaroid, Bird Count, National Engineering Week

President’s Day

First Steam Train Travels 10 Miles (1804)
On February 21, 1804  Richard Trevithick’s steam engine pulled ten tons of iron 10 miles in South Wales, United Kingdom. The invention was a dramatic advance on the horse-drawn wagons that had been used previously.

Polaroid introduces instant photography (1947)
On this day in 1947, Edwin Land introduced the Polaroid Camera.  Unlike previous photographs that required time in  a dark room to develop  the negative and expose the image on photographic paper, the Polaroid film had the developing chemicals included in a a small packet so the image could be viewed within 60 seconds.

Great Backyard Bird Count: Feb 18 – 21

Engineers Week February 20 – 26, 2011

Daily Activity: Engineers: Turning Ideas into Reality.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) site for Kids, Parents, and Teachers to celebrate the 60th anniversary (1951 – 2011) of Engineers Week.

Daily Activity for Kids: 100 Awesome Engineering Projects for Kids
Engineering and fun aren’t always two things that kids naturally associate with one another, but there are hundreds of ways to make engineering, physics and design fun and challenging for kids. Here are 100 great experiments that will let kids construct, play, learn and grow, all while they study the fundamentals of engineering.

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