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Whatever Floats Your Boat

Participants will be introduced to the fields of civil and mechanical engineering and will use these skills with the engineering design process to design, build and test a boat that can float. Students will explore the concept of buoyancy and practice their problem solving and critical thinking skills to make improvements to their design throughout the process.

Time: 1:30pm

Cost: $3 admission

Family Friendly!

No pre-registration required.

About Connections Engineering Outreach:

Connections Engineering Outreach was established in 2014 by Smith Engineering at Queen’s University to create new opportunities for the greater Kingston community to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our mission is to provide experiential learning opportunities for students and teachers that align with the Ontario curriculum. We have an additional focus on increasing diversity within the engineering profession and develop positive relationship between Smith Engineering and the Kingston community.

Museum hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

*closed on holiday weekend Saturdays and Mondays

Archives hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 12pm* & 1 – 4pm

*closed from 12 –  1pm 

Macpherson House & Park hours

Tuesday – Thursday, 1 – 4pm in July & August

Holiday Hours 2024

June 29 – July 1: Closed (Canada Day Weekend)
July 4: Closed (only Macpherson House open)
July 5: 10am – 12pm (staff professional development)
August 3 – 5: Closed (Civic Holiday Weekend)
August 31 – September  2: Closed (Labour Day Weekend)

Museum and Archives daily rate

Adults (ages 13+): $3
Children (ages 12 and under): free

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5

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Labour Day Weekend Hours

Please note that the Museum & Archives will be closed from Saturday, September 2nd - Monday, September 4th for the Labour Day long weekend.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5th.
Have a great long weekend!