Learn about the tools and technologies used on a farm and how they have evolved over time. We’ll look at artifacts from our collections and compare them to modern-day tools found in our own homes and surroundings. Students will learn how simple machines can make a job easier and see how butter making technology has changed, and even learn how to make butter at home. Follow-along instructions and worksheets will be provided.
Tools of the Trade is a live one-hour program on Zoom, Tuesday Sept. 29 from 10:00-11:00 or Wednesday Sept. 30 from 1:00-2:00 on Zoom. Additional instructional videos and class materials will be shared with participants on Monday, Sept. 28. Recommended for children ages 7-12. The cost is $6/student; $4/student/members or additional siblings. Space is limited. Advance registration is required.
Register online or by phone at 802-457-2355 by Sept. 25.
- Explore our collections and primary sources to learn about historic tools and technologies. We’ll think of modern tools that solve the same problems and design a new tool to solve the problem.
- Learn about simple machines and see how they can make jobs easier. A virtual scavenger hunt around the house will turn up even more simple machines!
- The Zoom presentation will be recorded and available to participants.
Class Materials (pre-recorded videos and activities):
- Pre-recorded video: See how the technology used to make butter has changed over the years. We will compare a handheld churn, the “modern” 1890 butter factory in the Farm Manager’s House at Billings Farm & Museum, and the KitchenAid mixer in our Learning Kitchen. We’ll also include instructions and a video on making butter at home.
- Worksheets and reference materials to accompany the live presentation.