The Senator-in-Training Tour begins with students choosing the state and political party they’d like to represent. Led by an EMK guide, students use tablets to explore the Institute’s exhibits. They’ll learn about the three branches of government, try to pass the National Ice Cream Sundae bill, visit the recreation of the Office of Senator Kennedy, and pledge to make a difference in their community. The Senator-in-Training tour is paired with a grade-level appropriate Chamber program in the Institute’s full-scale reproduction of the US Senate Chamber.
Senator-in-Training is recommended for grades 3 and up and can accommodate up to 100 students. To schedule a Senator-in-Training program, please complete our School Visit Request Form. For more information, please contact email@example.com. Pre-visit lesson materials are available upon request.
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Today's Vote (Grades 6-12)
Students participate in a live floor debate on an active piece of legislation being considered by the real Senate in Washington, D.C.
Great Senate Debates (Grades 6-12)
Blending live performance with historic film footage and archival images, Great Senate Debates is an inspiring 20-minute program that looks at the context and importance of crucial turning points in Senate history, and reflects on their impact to our lives today.
Future Senator (Grades 3-5)
Students grapple with an issue relevant to kids: whether the US government should require a longer school day.