Building S.T.E.A.M. – Grades K-2

Building up STEAM for science education has never been so fun! Early elementary students in grades K-2 explore Hagley’s property and take part in a hands-on workshop that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, so that taking a field trip doesn’t have to let the steam out of your curriculum! (ok, ok, we’ll stop).

Workshop Menu:

*Please note that workshops can be modified for any grade level.

            Kindergarten – Marble Runs

  • Explore the how the force of gravity can be slowed down by building a course of ramps for a marble to travel from the top to the bottom of a peg board.
  • NGSS: K-PS2-2; K-PS2-1; K-2 ETS1-1

            1st Grade – Tune into Science

  • Discover how sound is made by vibrations by making a musical instrument.
  • NGSS: 1-PS4-1

            2nd Grade – Trashformation

  • Observe how heat causes reversible and irreversible changes by fusing together plastic grocery bags to create a new material.
  • NGSS: 2-PS1-4; 2-PS1-1,2,3

            *All workshops can be adjusted to be grade-level content specific.  Inquire when booking.

• Time: 2 hours (12-30 students); 2.75 hours (31-75 students; includes lunchtime) 
• Group Size: 12-75 students
• Cost: $7
• Curriculum Standards:  Next Generation Science Standards


Water Power Tour – Grades 3-12

Harness the power of water that operated mills along the Brandywine River through a walking tour of the Hagley powder yards. Students will explore the evolution of power sources used to manufacture black powder and will understand the principles of energy and power as illustrated by an operating waterwheel, a turbine-powered roll mill, a steam engine, and a new water weight activity. Incorporated topics include gravity, renewable resources, technology, and potential, kinetic, and mechanical energy.

• Time: 2 hours
• Group Size: 12-60
• Cost: $7 per student
• Curriculum Standards, Common Core: DE, PA, MD, NJ

Simple Machines – Grades 4-12

Leverage the many simple and complex machines that manufactured black powder here along the Brandywine. Students on this walking tour explore the mechanical advantage of levers, pulleys, gears, inclined planes, and wheels and axles with visits to Hagley’s machine shop, steam engine, roll mill, and much more. Students also experience firsthand how simple machines make life easier with a stop at the fun and interactive Easy Does It! exhibit.

• Time: 2.5 hours
• Group Size: 12-75
• Cost: $7 per student
• Curriculum Standards, Common Core: DE, PA, MD, NJ


SPEND THE DAY AT HAGLEY… combine two programs for a full experience! Some combinations are suggested above, but other combinations are possible. All combination tours are $11 per student.

To find out more about education programs at Hagley, contact Education Program Coordinator Jeff Durst at (302) 658-2400, ext. 285 or To reserve a tour, contact Group Tour Manager Bonnie Wirth at (302) 658-2400, ext. 259 or