We’re proud to announce the first Homeschool Day at the B&O for the 2022-23 school year!

Throughout the day, we’re offering highly engaging educational programming in the areas of science and social studies — just for homeschool students! Student activities include train rides, tours, workshops, and story time.

Attendees will be able to bring a bagged lunch or purchase one on site in the Museum’s Café and enjoy it outside under our pavilion or at our picnic tables in the sun. 

Pre-registration required.

Schedule of Student Activities

Your Homeschool Day ticket includes full Museum admission and your choice of two (2) student activities!

TimeActivity TypeActivity TitleActivity DescriptionRecommended Grades
10:30 to 11AMTour  B&O Goes Bananas: The Journey from Trees to Our TablesIn this tour, students learn how transportation links people and goods from around the world by taking a journey throughout the life of a banana. Using our collection of historic rolling stock, students will see how technology has advanced to make trade and freight on the railroad a primary way to transport the foods they see in their schools and homes every day.   Grades PreK-5 
10:30 to 11:15AM 
Workshop PVC Freight Challenge In this workshop students will work together in teams as engineers to design and build a freight car using PVC pipes that will successfully carry freight down a path. Grades 3+ 
12:30 to 1PMStorytime Railroad Storytime In this Railroad Storytime session, enjoy a read-aloud of a train themed book and get a take-home activity to enjoy while at home.Grades PreK-3 
1 to 1:30PMTour Technology Changes: Innovation in Locomotive Design  History This tour will use our historic collection to explore the technology advancements that happened in B&O facilities like the Mount Clare Shops. This and other B&O facilities were for many years the cutting edge of railroad innovation, and as the tracks spread across the American countryside, the need for more efficient locomotives drove inventors to make improvements in speed, power, and safety.  Grades 1+ 
2 to 2:45PM
WorkshopOn Your Mark, Get Set, LEGO!   In this workshop, students will learn about how the symbols of the Underground Railroad assisted freedom seekers in their journey out of slavery. We will then reflect on the meaning of these symbols by creating a piece of art through monoprint design. Grades 3+ 
2 to 2:30PMTour Fueling America’s Railroad: Climate Change and the Evolution of Fuel TypesThe evolution of fuel types on the railroad mirrors the history of climate change in the United States. On this tour participants will explore the history of fuel types on the railroad and what has caused railroads to switch to new fuel types. Government regulation has pushed railroad companies throughout history to search for the most cost-effective and least detrimental to the environment source for fuel. Today electric, hybrid, and magnetic levitation trains can be seen across the globe. Grades 3+ 

Train Ride

Add on a trip on the Mile One Express Train Ride to your visit! Train ride departs at 11:30 AM along the nation’s first mile of commercial railroad.

Lesson Plans

Check out our Pre-Visit and Post-Visit Lessons to accompany your student activities of choice.

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Knoxville, TN

We did the train ride and our guide on board was excellent (history/information for the parents).

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