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 (up to 75 with addition of Stream Water Testing Workshop)
• Cost: $6 per student
• Curriculum Standards, Common Core: DE, PA, MD, NJ

*NEW* Stream Water Testing Workshop – Grades 3-12

(available only as an add-on to the Water Power Tour)

Expand the Water Power tour with this 30-minute workshop that examines the health of the Brandywine River through a series of tests and observations. Students will learn the process of determining a waterway’s health and why it is important. Students will test the pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity of a stream water sample.

• Time: 2.5 hours, including the Water Power Tour
• Group Size: 12-75
• Cost: $2, plus the cost of the Water Power Tour
• 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: $6 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 combinations tours are $8 per student.

To find out more about education programs at Hagley, contact Education Program Manager 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