While there is obvious history to be learned at Fort Knox, one should remember that Fort Knox also represents an example of state of the art 19th century technology. A few of the relevant topics in science and technology that teachers and/or parents can (if desired) integrate into a historical tour of the fort complex include:

The geology and quarrying of the Waldo Mountain Granite

The defensive use of soil/ grass for the terreplain (roof) of the fort (impulse-momentum)

• The cannon recoil mechanism of the Rodman gun (conservation of energy,impulse-momentum, friction)

The formation of limestone stalactites in the fort (chemistry)

The Rodman method of making large cannons (metallurgy/physics)

The invention and use of Mammoth Powder to increase cannon range (chemistry)

• Materials and regulations used in powder magazines to minimize the chance of explosion (physics/chemistry)

The uses of the arch in the construction of the fort (physics)

• The use of brick vs. granite vs. schist as building materials in the fort (materials science)

Stone Quarrying methods, tools, etc. (materials science and technology)

• The Totten casemate, embrasure and shutter system (technology)

The Penobscot Narrows Cable Stay Bridge (physics/engineering)

Come explore the Fort and discover this treasure of Maine and United States History and state of the art 19th century technology. Call 469-6553 or email FOFK1@aol.com for more information.