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School Programs Descriptions


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Program Grades Hours Times Offered Class
Min. Num. of
Max Classes per
Time Slot
My House, My Home
Students learn about the process of building a house through an exploration of the Museum's House & Home exhibition and by creating their own model home.
PreK4–1 1.5 10:30 am–12 pm,
12:30–2 pm
 Max 25 4 4*
City by Design
Students become city planners as they build their own city and begin to understand the challenges of creating a modern livable city. 
K–9 2 10 am–12 pm,
12:30–2:30 pm
 Max 30 4 4*
Architecture 101
Students experience a day in the life of an architect as they create and learn about architectural drawings and models. 
2–9 2 10 am–12 pm,
12:30–2:30 pm
Max 30 4 4*
Designing for Disaster
Students become engineers as they design model buildings for an earthquake zone and then test them on shake tables.
5–9 2 10 am–12 pm, 12:30–2:30 pm Max 30 4 4*
Fuller’s Fantastic Geodesic Dome
Students investigate how engineering and math principles are combined in geodesic domes while working together to construct a 6.5’ x 13’ geodesic dome.
5–9 2 10 am–12 pm,
12:30–2:30 pm
 Min 15,
Max 30
4 4*

*During registration process 4 simultaneous programs may not appear as an option due to programs already being booked or other events, please contact us at if you would like to discuss scheduling options.

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School Programs at the National Building Museum are generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; The Tower Companies; CityFund; Clark Charitable Foundation; and an anonymous donor.