The National Building Museum welcomes school groups of all ages for programs led by our professional education staff. We also provide schools and educators with training and learning opportunities to bring the built environment into the classroom.
Beyond the Walls: Evicted
The Museum invites up to three middle or high school teachers to work in partnership with Museum educators to develop a free, individualized experience for their students in conjunction with the exhibition Evicted. This exhibition was developed by the Museum in collaboration with Matthew Desmond, New York Times best-selling author of the book by the same name.
With unique design elements and personal stories, the exhibit is an immersive experience, challenging visitors to recognize the issue at hand while calling them to take action. Visitors learn about the eviction crisis in the U.S. and the effects it has on low-income renters.
The Museum’s primary goal in presenting this opportunity is to increase students’ awareness of the severity of the affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and build empathy towards people affected by eviction. The Museum will provide a student experience which will include a visit to the exhibition and a facilitated dialog about related issues. Specific programmatic details will be determined in partnership with the selected teachers.
- Must be currently working at a middle or high school in the D.C. metropolitan area
- Have the ability to bring at least one group of students to the Museum for a program between October 1, 2018 and May 19, 2019
- Commitment to integrating eviction and affordable housing related topics into classroom teaching
Program participation requirements (if selected):
- A minimum of three 30 minute weekday phone call meetings with a Museum Educator
- Provision of one adult for every 10 students scheduled for class Museum visit; each group must be accompanied by at least one school employee.
- Post-visit analysis such as a student survey, teacher interview, or other method to be developed by Museum staff but implemented by school staff during school time.
To be considered, please apply by September 1, 2018. Applicants may be contacted for a phone conversation.
The Museum’s Distance Learning programs bring our educators into your classrooms through livestreamed programs.
45 minutes. Grades 4–6. Free.
Ever wonder how buildings stand up or what makes the electronics in our homes work? Join the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. for an exploration of engineering and the ways engineers affect the places we live, work, and play. Students will hear engineers describe their design process and explain the engineering principles behind projects they have completed in D.C. Through several interactive elements, students will learn about the importance of creative problem solving and careers in engineering.
Interested in Videoconferencing?
If you are interested in booking a two-way streaming session of Why Engineering? with a Museum educator for your class, email email@example.com to discuss times and logistics.
Distance learning programs are generously supported by the United Engineering Foundation.
CityVision is a multi-visit program for 15-30 students from one or two middle schools in the fall or spring semester. Students spend one full school day for twelve weeks at the Museum, working with Museum staff as well as volunteer professionals and university students in the fields of architecture, urban planning, or education. They work in studio teams to explore D.C. neighborhoods, develop a creative solution to addresses community needs, and defend their designs to a panel of professionals in a culminating public presentation.
The Museum’s Teaching Kits provide all of the resources and materials needed to teach multi-lesson units on the built environment in schools.
Bridge Basics (grades 5-9) uses bridge engineering and design as vehicles for exploring and solving problems. Students learn about fundamental structural engineering concepts and design, construct, and test model bridges using playing cards and other materials. Students work in teams to build model bridges that solve transportation problems while balancing issues of aesthetics, geography, materials, and cost.
Designing for Disaster (grades 7-9) teaches students about the tools design professionals employ to limit the impact of natural disasters on structures, communities, and people. Students are introduced to the consequences of natural disasters and are then tasked with identifying ways to protect against these hazards.
Green Community (grades 5-8) provides a comprehensive approach to studying green, sustainable communities. Students and educators create a town from the ground up –complete with model buildings, land use categorization, and planning strategies. Using the design process, students develop 21st century skills such as communication, cooperative learning, decision making, analysis, creativity, and innovation.
The Teacher Working Group helps the Museum serve the needs of teachers in the Washington, DC area and beyond by providing valuable feedback on programming for students and teachers. Members assist in the creation and evaluation of programs for schools, professional development opportunities for educators, and classroom resources. They bring knowledge and expertise in classroom curricula, local and national standards, and a variety of subject areas. They also share their perspectives on integrating museums, libraries, and other cultural organizations into their teaching. Eligible teachers are employed in an accredited public, public charter, private, or independent school in the metropolitan Washington area.
Teacher Working Group members:
- Engage in an enriching partnership over a two-year period
- Collaborate with other members on focused projects
- Create new pathways to use the built environment in teaching about math, social studies, science, art, and history
- Learn new ways to use objects and museums to enhance their teaching
- Enjoy free access to Museum exhibitions and reduced rate on select programs
School programs are generously supported by: The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Engineering Solutions, an engineering-focused, livestream educational experience is generously supported by United Engineering Foundation. Geppetto Catering, Inc. is the official meal provider for all education programs at the National Building Museum.