Student Programs

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The Capitol Visitor Center is pleased to offer three inquiry-based student programs at the U.S. Capitol for the 2017–18 school year.

Teachers may select only one of three programs for their visit; it is not possible to attend more than one session in a day.

Dates

October through February on selected Wednesday and Thursday mornings


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Program 1 Art Appreciators:
The Art and Architecture of the U.S. Capitol

Students explore the history and culture of America by examining art and architectural elements found in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the Rotunda and National Statuary Hall. This program meets common core state standards and national standards for the visual arts.

Grades: 3 through 6
Number: 20-50 students per program
Length: 2 hours
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.

Program 2 Capitol Art:
History, Culture, or Expression?

Through the arts and humanities, students study the art and architectural features of the U.S. Capitol and participate in a student-centered creative activity. This program is designed to address cross-curricular approaches to learning and meet common core state standards and national standards for the visual arts.

Grades: 7 through 12
Number: 20-50 students per program
Length: 2 hours
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.


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Program 3 Environment Matters:
How Does a Bill Become Law?

To understand the complex way in which a bill becomes a law, students participate in activities that illustrate the process using the Chesapeake Bay and the Clean Water Acts of 1948 and 1972 as legislative examples. Groups receive passes to visit the Galleries of the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives. This program meets common core state standards and national standards for civics and government.

Grades: 6 through 12
Number: 20-65 students per program
Length: 2 hours
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.

For more information about visiting the U.S. Capitol, including logistics and what not to bring with you, please go to https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit.