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Grades 3-12


Become engineers and tackle a design challenge. Investigate historic power looms and a turbine to find out how engineers used technology and materials to solve real manufacturing problems. 


  • Collaborate in teams to design/build a device using the engineering design process.
  • Visit the “The River Transformed” exhibit at the historic Suffolk Mill to investigate technology and materials used to solve real manufacturing problems.
  • Explore the Moody Street Feeder Gatehouse to see how simple machines controlled waterpower in Lowell (fall and spring). 
  • Apply engineering thinking skills to solve safety problems associated with a historic loom at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum (winter).

We have many resources to help prepare your students for their visit, and extend the learning afterwards. 

All of our programs have been reviewed to ensure their relevance to state and national standards.

Program details:

  • Field Trip Fee: $225 per group
  • Group Size: Up to 27 students per group.
    • Chaperones: We require a minimum of two (2) adults per group – with a ratio of one (1) adult for every ten (10) students.
    • Each group should include a teacher, one or two chaperones, plus any additional staff (aides, nurses, etc) your group requires.
    • Maximum of six (6) adults per group.

Plan your visit now.

Program can be reserved by calling us at 978-970-5080 to make a reservation for your class.


The Tsongas Industrial History Center is an education partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park.

  • UMass Lowell
  • National Park Service