Spring Break Camp
March 26-28, 2019 and April 2-4, 2019
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Members: $50 or $17/day; Non-members: $60 or $20/day
This program is recommended for grades 4-8.
Registration required. Registration opening soon.
Questions? Contact ALPLM.Education@illinois.gov or 217.558.8844
Join us for a Spring Break Camp based on our popular Civil War Tech series that incorporates STEM-based activities. Each day will explore a different theme including Civil War Spies, Life of a Civil War Soldier, and Investigating and Inventing.
March 26 and April 2: Civil War Spies: Spend the morning cracking codes, discovering techniques used by Civil War spies to gather and share information, and chasing after a spy with stolen information.
March 27 and April 3: Life of a Civil War Soldier: Do you have what it takes to be a soldier during the Civil War? Examine life on and off the battlefield for soldiers through the words of the soldiers themselves. Pack your gear and see how soldiers lived, what they ate, how they tried to stay healthy, and what battlefield challenges they faced.
March 28 and April 4: Investigating and Inventing: Discover several inventions created during the Civil War and see how they affected the outcome of many battles. Discover how one doctor's attempt to cut down on battlefield injuries and deaths resulted in a major advancement in weaponry. Learn how the Union and Confederate armies developed transportation under the water and aerial observation to help with battles on the ground while building your own.
Civil War Tech lessons offer hands-on activities that let students explore the evolving technologies of Civil War America. These lessons meld science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education with history. Thousands of students have participated in Civil War Tech programs at the presidential library and at schools across Central Illinois. Now with online resources, these interdisciplinary lessons are available to teachers and students around the world!
Ironclads - Grade: 4th - 8th
Are your kids ready for Civil War Tech: Ironclads? The success of the battle between the Ironclad ships USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, created a demand for development of Ironclads in the Civil War. This lesson gives students the chance to learn about ironclad ship technology and make their own ships before testing them in a life-sized version of the game Battleship.
Railroads - Grade: 4th - 8th
Instead of walking hundreds of miles, carrying food, medical supplies, and ammunition, Civil War soldiers could ride the rails. After building cities, factories, and railroad lines, students will complete challenges to see whose railroads functions the best.
Telegraphs - Grade: 4th - 8th
Instantaneous communication, like texting, is taken for granted these days, but 150 years ago it was transforming the world. Thanks to the telegraph, messages that once traveled at the speed of a fast horse could move as fast as lightning. Participants will find out how the telegraph worked, who created it and how it compares to texting and calling today. They can decode messages sent during the Civil War and use replica telegraph machines.
Trench Warfare - Grade 4th - 8th
As Union and Confederate forces fought during the Civil War, both armies began to use new weapons, and these weapons inspired new tactics that would change warfare forever. Participants will learn how weapons evolved during the Civil War, and how these new weapons caused a shift in military tactics on the battlefield. By acting out three different battle simulations, participants will discover for themselves how and why Civil War armies transitioned from Napoleonic tactics to trench warfare.
Civil War Medicine - Grade: 4th - 8th
In the mid-19th century, most medical treatment was sought in the home. The onset of the Civil War prompted an evolution in medical care, including the creation of the Ambulance Corps, development of the triage system, and an improvement in hospital organization. Participants will identify popular home remedies from the time and apply their new understanding of triage as they take on the roles of patients and Ambulance Corps members in a simulated battlefront scenario.
The Civil War Tech Program is made possible thanks to generous support from AT&T.