Centre for Engineering History presents unique hand-made workable replicas of ancient and medieval machines and mechanisms.
Photos above are Rewards for our Supporters:
1. "Da Vinci Overbalanced Wheel". Desktop model
2. "Jantu - water raising machine" building set
3. "Da Vinci self-supporting bridge” assembling kit
Visual Education Project is starting a campaign to raise money for a permanent home for the exhibits that we use in our educational workshops.
We give students a knowledge of how contemporary technologies came to us throughout the ages. We make education dynamic with several collections of machines, most of which are interactive, that students can operate. It’s an immersive experience that allows visitors to participate in their own education.
Exhibition “History of Engineering” consists of unique hand-made models/replicas [over 70 items] of ancient and medieval machines and mechanisms that can be divided into several thematic categories such as Ancient and Medieval Water raising Machines, Ancient Siege Engines, Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, Construction Machines of the Renaissance etc.
For the past seven years, we have worked as a mobile museum in collaboration with School Boards, universities and other educational institutions in Ontario. Our programs became very popular; we received great feedback from schools’ students and mentors.
We run a Virtual museum (http://www.veproject1.org) that was visited by more than 1-million visitors and every day we get a question about our permanent location where people could come to see our machines.
Unfortunately, we’re unable to work as a mobile museum anymore because of models’ damages associated with transportation. Also, it takes a lot of time and money to transport models, set up a demonstration space and bring models back to the storage.
With our permanent home, we could significantly increase the number of visitors and the quality of educational programs (we could use every square foot for exhibits and printed materials as well as for storage). We could build a workshop in the Centre to be open for visitors where they could see and be involved in the process of making models. With permanent space we could add more exhibits!!!
We do believe that with your support we can achieve our goal!
If we reach our tipping point goal of $7000, we will be able to organize 1-month exhibition and invite school tour groups for students of Grade 4 to high school. So we will widely advertise our project. $4000, of the funds will be used towards renting a facility that would be appropriate to place all our exhibits (over 70 machines and mechanisms).
$3000, will be paid to our engineer for designing a display, training volunteers, providing workshops for visitors and maintaining models.
If we reach our total fundraising goal of $28,000, we will be able to rent a facility for four months ($16,000) and this will be a good start for permanent exhibition in a future.
For the period of four months we will intend to raise money to support our project, create long-term sustainable connections to educational institutions and open the exhibition for the general public.
We will increase the number of volunteers to provide such activities as scheduled lectures/hands-on presentations for groups of students, workshops, career-oriented events, outreach engineering programs, special events related to anniversaries of outstanding inventions and inventors and Scientific Birthday parties.
NOTE FOR CANADIAN DONORS – Charity Visual Education Project will issue receipts for income tax purposes upon request.