STEM for Homeschoolers at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg – also known as “the largest living history museum in the world” – is an early American community returned to its 18th-century appearance. There you can discover history brought to life, learn about colonial times, and meet the people who contributed to the founding of America. But Colonial Williamsburg isn’t just for learning about history – you can also learn about STEM!

18th-century Virginians were fascinated with scientific principles that could be observed through simple experiments. Traveling scientists would sell subscription tickets to lecture series at taverns or coffee houses, and The Virginia Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge was established in Williamsburg to discuss and demonstrate exciting new ideas in “natural philosophy” as they called it.

The time-honored field of nautical science was also important to every day life. Watch the video of Historic Interpreter Mike Romero discussing 18th-century navigation and how those skills were critical to the local economy and Williamsburg’s survival. He discusses the tools and processes available in the 18th century, how they have changed since then, and how Williamsburg was an important hub in maritime commerce.

Download this resource packet to conduct a STEM navigation activity at home!

For more STEM activities, download the Science Toolbox Lesson Plan

Save the Date

Mark your calendars for the museum’s upcoming Homeschool Days:

  • September 11 – 26, 2021
  • February 26 – March 6, 2022
  • September 10 – 25, 2022

During these special times, homeschoolers and their families can discover history brought to life at a special discounted rate.

Visit this Summer

You don’t have to wait for homeschool days for your next visit. There’s something new for every member of the family to discover each season. Visit this summer for an educational and fun family vacation!

See historic sites where Revolutionary ideas were shaped, meet the tradespeople whose craftsmanship supported the War for Independence, and so much more. The virtual resources listed below can be used to supplement your visit.

Homeschool Virtual Programs

Colonial Williamsburg’s virtual resources will bring the 18th century to life in your home classroom. Here you’ll find a number of resources including activity sheets, videos, blogs, Electronic Field Trips, and conversations with People of the Past. To begin exploring the 18th century, click on any of the subjects below:

Popular Science | Fashion | Apprenticeship | People of the Past

NEW! Check out the 360-degree virtual tours!

About Colonial Williamsburg

As a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is not state or federally funded, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation relies on the generosity of donors. Help us preserve this national treasure and provide world-class educational initiatives for future generations by sharing America’s enduring story.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
P. O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
1-800-228-8878 |

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