Discovery Education, the American Bar Association’s Division For Public Education, and the National Constitution Center have announced they will host a live, two-part interactive virtual field trip for students worldwide on September 17 to celebrate Constitution Day. Through this partnership, classrooms around the world will meet a sitting Supreme Court Justice, be transported to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to learn about the history of the U.S. Constitution, and discuss the Constitution’s enduring importance in American and world history with a Federal Appeals Court Judge. Appropriate for upper elementary, middle and high school students, participation in this virtual experience is available at no cost to classrooms worldwide.
Part one of this event is a student town hall with Justice Stephen Breyer, during which students will meet Supreme Court Justice Breyer and learn about his work on the United States’ highest court. Students can submit questions to be answered by Justice Breyer at www.Constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday. Then, attendees will virtually tour the National Constitution Center’s immersive Museum of We the People, visiting a recreation of the room in which the signers of the Constitution met on September 17, 1787, exploring exhibits focusing on the 13th Amendment, women's rights, civil rights and more, and investigating the American National Tree, which features 100 citizens who have shaped America’s constitutional history.
The virtual field trip will conclude with an interview with Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, Federal Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and former First Lady of Pennsylvania. The co-founder of the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, Judge Rendell has been active in promoting youth interest in government since she was the first lady in Pennsylvania. To register to attend one or both events, or to submit questions to be answered live by Judge Rendell during the broadcast, visit discoveryeducation.com/ConstitutionDay.
To further support participating educators, Discovery Education is also offering a collection of classroom activities related to Constitution Day, including comprehensive pre-and post-event lessons, which educators can utilize to enhance the learning experience and prepare students for the virtual event.
For more information about Discovery Education’s previous virtual field trips and other services and initiatives, visit discoveryeducation.com.
Source: Discovery Education, discoveryeducation.com