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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Furnace Town Hosts Worcester’s First STEM Fest

BERLIN – Fourth-graders in Worcester County learned the true meaning of technology with a trip to Furnace Town this week.

While the word typically brings to mind things like iPads and cell phones, educators used a visit to Furnace Town to show students that technology existed in the 19th century too.

“Our kids think technology has to be plugged into a wall,” said Marlyn Barrett, a coordinator of instruction for the county’s schools. “Technology is any system, any process, that makes life easier.”

During Worcester County’s first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fest, Barrett and her peers brought the county’s fourth-graders to Snow Hill’s old iron furnace to show them the technology of the 1830s. Sixteen stations taught children about everything from woodworking to weaving to candle making.

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