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On the banks of yesteryear...Through the eyes of teens PDF Print E-mail
Friday, June 13, 2014 8:00 PM

Students from Jefferson Middle School recently visited the canal museum to find something of interest they could research and write about. Here are a few of their findings with more to be shared at a later date.

Glockenspiel by Alaina Kortokrax

The Glockenspiel looks like a xylophone, but is closer to an instrument called a metallophone due to its higher pitch. Glockenspiel in a German name. Glocken means “bells” and spiel means “set” in German. Glockenspiels are popular among marching bands and military bands. Also, the glockenspiel belongs to the instrument family that includes marimbas and vibraphones. Unlike most of the instruments in its family, it can only play about three octaves.



Wedding Dresses by Maggie Kimmett

In 1840, Queen Victoria was the one to begin the tradition of wedding dresses. Before that, the bride would wear a dress of any color like blue, black, red etc. Wedding dresses were more of a matter of politics than love. The more wealthy women would obviously have a more outstanding dress. Poorer farm women would just wear her best dress that she owned instead of a white wedding dress.

In the 1900s, the wedding dresses were very lacy and had a thin see-through material. The dresses back then did not have many (if any) sparkles and “bling.” The larger/poofier dresses with more design and detail began to progress through the late 1900s and early 2000s. Lots of off-whites and eggshell colors were used in early wedding dresses. Also, in the mid-to-late 1900s, silk became a very popular fabric used in wedding dresses. Silk showed elegance and wealth.

Instead of long veils that are worn today by brides, the brides back in the day would wear a fancy hat. Wedding dresses have taken a large progressive step in detail and design and they will continue to become more modified and “stylish.”

Ultrasound Machines by Aaron Stant

Ultrasound is energy created by sound waves that have a frequency above 20,000 Hz. This is far above the frequency that a human ear can detect.

Ultrasound is commonly used by obstetricians to analyze the health of an unborn fetus. The process for this procedure is fascinating. The doctor rubs cool gel on the mother’s abdomen to improve the quality of the sound waves. Next, the doctor moves a transducer, a device that projects the sound waves, around the abdomen. The sound waves reflect back to the transducer from the tissues, which creates a picture on a screen. This can be very exciting for a parent because they are able to see the baby before it is born.

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