There are so many systems in our world that many of them don't fit into a particular category.
Sample some of the following activities to learn more about the miscellaneous systems around us.
The AWHC covers 1820-1920 using four Historic Sites: A Shoshone Encampment, Mountain Man Encampment, Pioneer Settlement, and 1917 Jensen Historic Farm.
Binney & Smith is the company that makes crayons, and they make 5 million crayons each day! Take a tour of the factory and discover their system for making crayons.
The United States has a park system! How about exploring Utah's National Parks? We have 13 national parks and we have 45 state parks! Compare our scenic wonders to other states. If your travelling budget is limited, visit the parks virtually.
A restoration of the turn-of-the-century dairy farm of Henry J. Wheeler that includes demonstrations and exhibits with information on activities.
See the people in charge of the system of keeping time. The International Date Line runs right between some of the islands in the south Pacific. If you travel from Samoa to Tonga, which is only a distance of 300 miles, you lose an entire day.
Talk with Charles Richter. In 1935, he developed a system or scale for measuring the intensity of earthquakes. Starting at 0, each subsequent number is 30 times more powerful than the previous number. Most worldwide earthquakes measure, on average, 3.5.
Perhaps you've heard of or used the Dewey Decimal System but have you ever heard of Melvil Dewey? Read this Wikipedia article to find out more about him.
The Evolution of Time Measurement through the Ages
An abacus is a system for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers. It's a low-tech calculator. The ancient Babylonians, Chinese, and Aztecs all developed their own versions of an abacus. Check out the virtual abacus at this site.
Learn about one of the largest pipeline systems in the world. It's also one of the most difficult engineering feats of our time, and it's the only way to get crude oil off the formidable Alaskan North Slope and down to tankers waiting at Valdez, the nearest ice-free port.
You know those little black lines on the products that you buy that the checkers at the grocery store scan to enter the price--how do those lines contain information? What does UPC stand for? There are also bar codes on the books that you check out from the library. Find out about the system that makes bar codes work.
This link has all 19 of the National museums run by the Smithsonian Institute.
What ancient culture buried important people in ziggurats? You know Trigger, Roy Rogers' famous horse--where is his final resting place? Where is the original Flipper buried? (The original flipper was really a female dolphin, and her name was Mitzi).
Find out about the system used to classify plants and animals.
These people must have a system for catching BIG fish. Some people actually catch fish with spears and by using a bow and arrow! Where were most of these record-breaking fish caught? Some were caught at Lake Powell.
Learn the system for a new yo-yo trick. Yo-yos have been around for a long time. Ask an older friend or member of your family if they know how to "walk the dog" (It's a yo-yo trick.)