Kitchen Sink Engine at Greenfield Village

[ Music ] Jim Hendrickson: Each year in t
E-Mech courses, E-Mech 212, which is Engineering Dynamics,
I try to identify a project
that encompasses many of the principles covered
in the dynamics course. I was
actually going through my grandfather’s
owner’s manual for his Model T,
1923, and I thought about it and I
said, we could have them build a replica Model T. So, it’s onl
a 15-week semester. I started looking around
through some history, and I
learned of this infamous Henry Ford Kitchen Sink Engine.
It was a doable problem for
second- year students and certainly
interesting and historically
based. Tom Varitek: We were really
inspired last year at Maker
Faire, which is all about what Henry Ford was
setting out to do, to show
people how to take things apart and make things
work, when we saw the students at Penn State Beaver actually
creating the Kitchen Sink
Engine, demonstrating it so that people
could see up close how this
thing works. What we’ve done here in
Greenfield Village is we’ve put
that in the context of, well, the building that it
was created in. We put it next
to Henry Ford’s Quadricycle which is his
first working vehicle. And
we’re also connecting it to a bunch of
STEM curriculum that science,
technology stuff, that we think it’s so
important for people to learn.
So we’ll actually be discovering simple machines and
how they turn into complex
machines. We’ll also be looking at steam
engines, another early
technology that Henry Ford experimented
with, as well as the Kitchen
Sink Engine itself. That’s sort of the piece de
resistance, It’s the final
thing that we show people just before we send
them off to take a ride in a
Model T out in Greenfield Village. [ music ]

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