Engineer It!                                Pre- and Post- Visit Activity Guide

An engineer at work in Lowell’s Eastern Canal
This engineer is using a leveling rod to determine the grade (slope) of the canal bottom. Engineers altered the slope to help water flow efficiently to the turbines. 1895.

National Park Service, Lowell National Historical Park collection

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Lowell's remarkable success as an early industrial city was made possible in part by engineers using the engineering design process of making choices, prototyping, and testing, steps that led to innovations in waterpower systems and textile production. This guide suggests activities that introduce students to materials properties concepts and the engineering design process.


Design, Engineering, History, Inventions / Inventors, Science and Technology, Social Studies

Last updated: February 26, 2015