Teen Programs at the Museum empower students to examine the people, processes, and materials that create buildings and places. Our programs enhance the built environment in the classroom, helping teens to develop skills in critical and creative thinking, problem solving, analysis, evaluation, and teamwork.
Note About Teen Program Offerings Through Fall 2020
To make time for strategic planning regarding the Museum’s teen offerings, we are unable to offer Investigating Where We Live summer 2020, Teen Council 2020–2021, and the Design Apprenticeship Program fall 2020. This spring’s session of the Design Apprenticeship Program—for returning participants only—will happen, and there is an amazing project in the works!
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The Design Apprenticeship Program brings together teens and professionals from across the D.C. metropolitan area to design and build full-scale projects for the Museum and the city. The program is for current middle and high school students, ages 13–18.
What will I do?
- Learn how to use the design process to make your ideas a reality.
- Receive training in how to use handheld, power, and woodshop tools.
- Meet like-minded teens from across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
- Collaborate with professionals in architecture, construction, and design.
When is it?
The Design Apprenticeship Program meets on Saturdays, 10 am–3 pm, during the fall and spring of the school year.
Tentative Spring 2020 program dates (returning participants only, no exceptions):
- March: 21, 28
- April: 5, 18, 25
- May: 2, 9, 16, 30
Who should apply?
The spring 2020 session is open to returning participants only. Youth enrolled in grades 8–12, ages 13–18, who are:
- Committed to attending all program days, and
- Interested in learning about architecture, design, or engineering; leadership; or how to be more involved in their communities.
Applications for spring 2020 will be sent via email to previous participants in the Design Apprenticeship Program. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Investigating Where We Live is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Teen programs at the National Building Museum are generously supported by: The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; the Herbert M. Franklin Fund for Teen Programs; The Hattie M. Strong Foundation; Sandy Rynd Chaleski; and an anonymous donor. Geppetto Catering is the official meal provider for all education programs at the National Building Museum.
Additional support for Investigating Where We Live is provided by Humanities DC.
Design Apprenticeship Program is supported by the Butz Foundation.