VOTE! Education Program
VOTE! is a quick, 20-25 minute pre-Capitol Tour program. Students examine both sides of an issue, take a stand, vote, and then discuss the impact.
Selected Monday, Tuesday, and Friday mornings
Grades: Elementary, middle and high school versions available
Number: 15-50 students per program
Length: 25-minute program followed by a one-hour tour of the U.S. Capitol
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
Program 1 Environmental Legislation
A growing city needs a new water source. The easiest and cheapest source is a river on federal land in a national park. Should the city be allowed to dam the river and use the water for its citizens? Or, should the valley remain protected for the use and enjoyment of all Americans? How would you vote? This program is based on legislation actually considered and voted on in Congress. The real outcome is revealed at the end of the program.
Program 2 Cultural Legislation
A wealthy English chemist and mineralogist dies suddenly without an heir to inherit his fortune. He left his estate to the United States of America to further education. His wishes are vague, only that the funds must go to the “establishment of an institution for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” How should the United States spend these funds? How would you vote?
This program is based on legislation actually considered and voted on in Congress. The real outcome is revealed at the end of the program.
Program 3 Women’s Suffrage Centennial
LIMITED EDITION in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Program 3 is designed for middle school and high school students.
VOTE! programs meet the National Council for the Social Studies’ curriculum standards.
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