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January 4, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Series Presents Historic Area Game Show Competition

Colonial Williamsburg’s award-winning Electronic Field Trip series explores the science in 18th -century trades with a fun and fast-paced 21st-century game show in the Jan. 13 premiere of “The Amazing Trade Shop Science Race.”

The program follows two teams of student contestants as they explore the trades in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area in a competition led by quirky “Professor Eddie.” With special electronic devices in hand, the two teams meet tradespeople and discuss the physics, chemistry and simple machines behind the trades used in the construction of R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse. From the art of chocolate making in a Historic Area kitchen to the changing states of matter at the Blacksmith Shop, the interdisciplinary program combines history and science like never before in the electronic field trips series.

Produced by Colonial Williamsburg’s division of production, publications and learning ventures, electronic field tips are broadcast one Thursday each month from October through April at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time on participating public television stations and cable channels across the country. Targeted to grades 4 – 8, the distance learning programs span a broad range of historical subjects about people, issues and events from colonial times to the present day.

Each electronic field trip is supported with multi-disciplinary lesson plans, interactive student resources, program scripts and other materials to help teachers make history exciting and relevant for their students. These award-winning Web-based resources have been developed by teachers, historians and museum educators and meet national standards for civics education and 21st-century skills as well as state standards for social studies, technology, arts education and language arts. Selected programs also correlate to additional state standards related to the program’s subject.

Students in participating schools may submit pre-recorded video questions, e-mail or phone in questions to costumed interpreters and historians during the live televised broadcast. Registered users also may view electronic field trips and use teacher and student resources via the Internet on demand any time during the school year. Participating schools also have continuing access to technical support and teacher tutorials.

As the nation’s leading educational resource for early American history, Colonial Williamsburg uses the Internet and live interactive television broadcasts to bring American history to life for more than one million students and four million other viewers each year. For more information and pricing, or to subscribe to the electronic field trip series, visit, call 1-800-761-8331, or e-mail The Electronic Field Trip series is supported in part by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

Media Contact:
Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280