Jamestown STEM: Force, Motion, Energy, and Jamestown! (Grades 3 - 6)

by  Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

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Force, motion, and energy have existed in all societies throughout history, including Jamestown! Explore these STEM concepts through the history and cultures that converged in Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in North America. Learn about potential and kinetic energy, force, motion, friction and more through Powhatan, English, and African tools and weaponry. A bow and arrow and matchlock musket demonstration will be included. Discover how the STEM connection between past and present can impact your future!

To book or for more information, please contact:
Sally Stook
(757) 243-4391

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About This Program


By Request: $125.00

$50 for Virginia Schools


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No Minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

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

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please give 48 hours’ notice of cancellation to avoid fee. There will be no charge for cancellations due to inclement weather or school closings.

About This Provider

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Williamsburg , VA
United States

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia offering programs and resources about early American history through its museums – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. 

Our Mission 

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation shall foster through its living-history museums – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – an awareness and understanding of the early history, settlement, and development of the United States through the convergence of American Indian, European, and African cultures and the enduring legacies bequeathed to the nation. 

Virtual Learning 

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offer a range of virtual learning experiences for classrooms unable to travel to the museums or participate in a Virginia outreach program. 

Using Zoom or your classroom’s virtual learning platform, students can join a Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation educator as they explore early Virginia and United States history together. Topics examine the Powhatan Indians, early English settlement at Jamestown, three cultures that converged in Virginia, causes and events of the American Revolution and stories of real people who shaped our early history. These inquiry-based educational programs are designed to be interactive and thought provoking, allowing students to explore the past while honing their skills in critical thinking, communication and historical thinking. 

Shannon Kuster

Program Details


1. This program will begin with a review of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America as well as the STEM concepts of force, motion, and energy.
2. Students will analyze a primary source image to provide background knowledge/review these STEM concepts.
3. We will then discover these STEM concepts by learning about Powhatan, English, and African weaponry (bow and arrows, matchlock muskets).
4. We will conduct a scientific investigation based on weaponry.
5. We will compare the STEM concepts of the past to today and discover the importance for the future.
6. Will will end with a question and answer session.


1. Students will identify elements of force, motion, and energy using a primary source image.
2. Students will analyze science concepts such as motion, force, balanced/unbalanced forces, work, simple machines, energy, friction, and gravity using the example of a bow and arrow (Powhatan and African) and an English matchlock musket.
3. Students will plan and conduct a scientific investigation comparing the Powhatan bow and arrow with the English matchlock musket.
4. Students will determine the importance of identifying and exploring these science concepts using examples from the past and present.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS3C 3-5 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
PS2A 3-5 -- Forces and motion
PS3A 3-5 -- Definitions of energy
PS3B 3-5 -- Conservation of energy and energy transfer

State Standards

Virginia Studies: VS1, VS4
Science: 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6