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YOUR MISSION: Discover exciting ways to encourage critical thinking, dig into STEM concepts, and uncover the secret history of history.

YOUR TACTICS: Join the Spy Museum’s educators for Homeschool Day where groups and families are invited to explore the Museum’s exciting exhibitions, discover multi and interdisciplinary lesson plans and resources, and participate in hands-on educational workshops with other homeschool families! This event is designed for students in grades 4+. 

NOTE: Students must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (Adult Homeschool Day ticket required).

Each Homeschool Day ticket includes admission to the Museum, a Spy Guide worksheet to explore the Museum, and 1 hands-on workshop (pre-registration for students required). Please see event schedule to learn more about the workshops. (Ages 6 and under are free.)

For more information on SPY’s Homeschool Day, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

SPY Student Workshops scheduled through the day include:

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Please note that this is an open house event so participants do not need to arrive right at 9AM.

EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY (9AM – 3PM):

  • Museum Galleries (3rd and 1st Floor): Explore the Museum galleries and learn about the secret world of espionage. Your homeschool day ticket includes Museum admission throughout the day (until 7PM).
  • SPY Resource Tables (2nd Floor – Lower Level of Special Events space): Explore exciting and unique resources and lesson plans.
  • Junior Agent Room (2nd Floor – Garbo Room): Coloring sheets and activities for young children.

SCHEDULED EVENTS:

All workshops take place on the Museum’s 2nd Floor Special Events space. Advance registration is required. 1 workshop is included in the price of the Homeschool Day ticket. Please register your student for only 1 workshop so that all attendees can participate! Please note that parents do not need to register for a workshop and can just attend with their student. We require that students participating in the workshop fall within the grade guidelines for each workshop. 

 

10AM – 10:45AM: Operation Code Cracker workshop 
(Grades 4-6 | 45 min.)

There's a mole in the operation. Black Ops has collected evidence from a suspect's apartment. Can your students decipher secret messages to reveal important intel.? Supporting critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving skills, this workshop demonstrates how codes and ciphers function in the shadow-world of espionage.

11AM – 12PM: Cuban Missile Crisis Simulation 
(Grades 7-12 |60 minutes)

This classroom simulation places students in the role of CIA intelligence analysts in October 1962. By analyzing declassified primary documents and surveillance photos from U-2 spy planes, students advise President Kennedy of the "ground truth" at each stage of the Crisis. Can sources be trusted? The outcome is in their hands.

12PM – 12:45PM: Lunch 

Participants are invited to bring a disposable, bag lunch to the Museum and eat in the Special Events space (space is limited). See FAQ for more information.

1PM – 1:45PM: Spy Science: Operation STEM workshop 
(Grades 4-6 | 45 min.)

"Tech Ops...come in Tech Ops." A field agent is in trouble and needs help. Students play the role of Technical Operations Officers (Tech Ops) supporting an agent in her secret mission. First, with basic electronics, everyday objects, and some creativity, students are challenged to create a signaling device. Then, they must decrypt a secret message and finally devise an exfiltration plan using geospatial analysis.

2PM – 3PM: Forensics of Espionage workshop 
(Grades 7-12 |60 minutes)

Students become forensic scientists in this case-based scenario workshop. Using real FBI forensic equipment and tools, students will examine evidence, make recommendations, and use the scientific method to attempt to determine the identity of a double agent.

 

 

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