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Erie Canal Lock

Erie Canal Lock

Operate gates and valves to raise or lower the water level as you pilot a model tugboat through a series of locks as students learn the engineering and history behind how the Erie Canal helped fuel the economic growth of the nation.


Subjects: Engineering & Design, Physical Sciences, Social Studies, Technology & Applications of Science
Program Type: Permanent Exhibition
NYS Standards:

  • Kindergarten
    Engineering and Design: ETS1.A
  • 1st Grade
    Engineering and Design: ETS1.A
    Geography, Humans, and the Environment: 6b, 6c
  • 2nd Grade
    Structure and Properties of Matter: PS1.A
    Engineering and Design: ETS1.A
    Geography, Humans, and the Environment: 5b, 5c
  • 3rd Grade
    Geography, Humans, and the Environment: 3b
    Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems: 10b
  • 4th Grade
    Geography of New York state: 1a
    Westward Movement and Industrialization: 6a, 6b, 6c

NGSS Keywords: Engineering & Design, Physical Sciences

Where is it?

Museum & Science Center

When is it?

Days Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Earliest Start Time: 9am

Who Should Attend?

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

How Much Does It Cost?

Cost: Permanent galleries are included (availability varies) with Museum Group Admission: $8 per person; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member adults free

How To Book?

Call: 585.697.1942

Need More Information?

Name: Member & Visitor Services
Phone: 585-697-1942

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