The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is delivering virtual Capitol experiences such as field trips, exhibits, videos and student activities to those unable to visit because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
"Spring is usually the season of class field trips and family vacations to Washington, D.C.," said Architect of the Capitol, J. Brett Blanton. "Today, many schools are closed, and families are staying home. While visitors cannot come to the U.S. Capitol, the Architect of the Capitol is providing resources for families as they adapt to learning from home."
Resources for students and families learning from home are grouped into elementary, middle school and high school levels. They range from activity guides and game sheets, to video series, lesson plans and essay questions. In addition, there are virtual field trips and online exhibits from the U.S. Botanic Garden and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.
In the coming weeks, additional resources will be added from AOC experts on art, architecture, civics, history, gardening and plant science to help keep young minds engaged and make learning fun.
The mission of the AOC is to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. The Capitol campus welcomes about 5 million visitors annually.