Full STEAM Ahead! Technologies of the American West

by  Booth Museum

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Students will utilize subject matter from artwork in the Booth collection to discuss technology and innovation during Westward Expansion through a look at communication, transportation, commerce and other technology. It's STEAM through a historical lens!

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About This Program


Multipoint: $150.00
Multipoint Premium: $130.00
Point to Point: $95.00
Point to Point Premium: $90.00
By Request: $95.00
By Request Premium: $90.00


50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

We are flexible. We can accommodate larger groups depending on the platform.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Gifted & Talented, Social Studies/History, Technology/Information Science STEAM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams


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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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Booth Museum

Cartersville, GA
United States

The Booth Museum, in Association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia. The Booth is home to the largest collection of American Western artwork on exhibition in the nation, including historical and contemporary American Indian art and artifacts. Open since August 2003, Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and was ranked at the #1 art museum in the nation by USA Today, Readers Choice Awards 2020 & 2021. 

A CILC Pinnacle Award winner, the Booth offers interactive virtual field trips infusing the arts with other disciplines such as social studies, history, science, language arts, literacy and STEAM.  Programs are book on demand and will engage your students in hands-on learning while appealing to multiple learning styles.  Lifelong learning programs are also available with special program topics available upon request.

Patty Dees

Program Details


1. Students will use Visual Thinking Strategies to discuss artwork (introducing technological advancements during Westward Expansion).
2. Communication- How do we communicate with people far away? Ships, stagecoach, telegraph, Pony Express, and are discussed through artwork.
3. Students participate in Morse Code activity
4. Transportation- How did the West change our need for transportation? Concord Stagecoach technology, Oregon Trail, and trains are discussed through primary and secondary sources.
5. Commerce- what made people head to the West? What technology did they use? Red Bird Mud Wagon (primary source) utilized to discuss Gold Rush; comparison of Concord Stagecoach (long distance travel) technological advancements over Mud Wagon (short distance travel for gold mining workers).
6. Other Technology that shaped the West- barbed wire, windmills are discussed; Visual Thinking Strategies with artwork to introduce windmill and evolution of barbed wire through primary sources and objects from Booth Education prop collection.


-Students will explore technologies that led to Westward Expansion
-Students will engage in a discussion about the intended and unintended consequences of technological innovation (ex: effect on indigenous peoples)
-Students will use Visual Thinking Strategies to explore the changing role of technology through artwork
-Students will participate in a Morse code activity

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Program supports Next Generation Science Standards and National Education Standards in areas of social studies and visual arts.

Next Generation Science Standards:
Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science

Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
4-PS4-3 Generate and compare multiple solutions that use patterns to transfer information

4-PS3-2 Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by movement, sound, light, heat and electric currents

(Applies to post activity)
3-5-ETS1-1 Engineering Design
3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
3-5-ETS1-3 Engineering Design

4-PS3-4 Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another