Assembly Programs

Learning from our past to influence our future.

The team of experienced educators transports students back in time to learn about Life on the Texas Frontier…emphasizing how virtually everything they did depended on access to water.

The second grade assembly, Life on the Frontier, features an extensive collection of “antiques” that were used by frontier families to build and maintain their homes, for growing and preparing their food, to make clothes, and the equipment they used to obtain and use water. The students each receive a copy of a coloring book along with related activity sheets.

‘How Windmills and Barbed Wire Helped Win the West” — is first-class “edu-tainment” featuring a skilled narrator, a series of historical “cameos”, numerous display ‘stations’, some hands-on learning activities, and take-away materials to punctuate the experience. The program begins by chronicling the settlement of Texas and the six flags that flew over the state. Students learn about life on a cattle drive and the importance of water on the trail and on the cattle ranches.  The program also includes stories about the lives of some Plains Indians important to Texas history. The displays include: small windmill and how it works; Barbed wire fence segment; student-sized Chuck Wagon, and on-the-trail cooking “supplies”; cowboy saddle, saddle bags, rope, and bullwhip; maps of the Cattle trails;  famous Texas cattle brands chart;  actual cattle brands, and more.

One of the things that make this Assembly program unique is that the highlighted historical events are inextricably tied to the availability of WATER in frontier Texas. The critical connections are identified, explained, and linked to the importance of preserving and protecting our finite water resources a century later.