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 cannon recoil mechanism of the Rodman gun (conservation of energy,impulse-momentum, friction)
• Materials and regulations used in powder magazines to minimize the chance of explosion (physics/chemistry)
• The use of brick vs. granite vs. schist as building materials in the fort (materials science)
• The Totten casemate, embrasure and shutter system (technology)
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.