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Travel back in time 200 years in this virtual visit to Peirce Mill, Washington’s only remaining gristmill. Students will learn how local farmers once brought wagonloads of grain to be milled along Rock Creek. They’ll see a 19th-century mechanical marvel in action and discover why there were once so many mills in Washington, DC.
Grades K-2 - Cornucopia--From Farm to Table (60 minutes): Corn is transformed during this interactive program about milling. Students will grind corn by hand and learn how the mill works. Key concepts include food, natural resources, production vs. consumption, business, motion, and simple machines.
Grades 1-4 - Once Upon a Time at Peirce Mill Estate (60 minutes): Students will compare and contrast life in mid-1800s rural Washington with present-day DC. Older students will read maps and track urbanization and other changes to the area. Key concepts include life, food, physical surroundings, business, resources, rural vs. urban, development, energy, simple machines, and slavery.
Grades 3-4 - Powered by Water and Gravity: The Workings of a Mill (60 minutes): Students will see how the machinery in Peirce Mill operates on water, power, and gravity. Students will take an in-depth look into the workings of this giant machine. Key concepts include energy, simple machines, water resources, location and growth, and technological changes.
Grades 3-4 - Milestones to Millstones (90 minutes): In 1820, Peirce Mill's state-of-the-art technology was an important part of America's Industrial Revolution. Students will learn about technological changes that took place between 1780 and 1860 and their influences on life today. Key concepts include simple machines, mechanical engineering, mechanical advantage, and mass production.
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Last updated: April 13, 2022