U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Welcome to the U.S. Capitol

Student Programs

Student Programs at the U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is pleased to offer three inquiry-based student programs for the 2016-17 school year.

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

TO REQUEST A PROGRAM, please go to www.visitthecapitol.gov/programs. Space is limited and requests will be accepted beginning Monday, July 25 through Friday, October 28.

Dates

September through February on selected Wednesday and Thursday mornings


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

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


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. The program includes a visit to 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

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