On-site Student Workshops

Take your visit to the next level with a hands-on, engaging student workshop that meets national curriculum and Common Core standards! Each workshop encourages active learning and includes classroom resources. Select your workshop when you fill out your Field Trip Request Form. A Museum representative will contact you within 2 business days to discuss availability and scheduling your visit.

Cost:  FREE for Title One Schools! 

$150/workshop* (except for Spy's Eye View - see pricing below).

When: Tuesdays – Fridays at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.

Length: 45 – 60 minutes (depending on the workshop)

Participants: 5 – 35 students (and at least one adult chaperone/teacher)

VACCINE MANDATE: To participate in an onsite student workshop, all students (12+) and chaperones MUST show proof of COVID-19 vaccination according to the DC Government issued vaccine mandate. Find out more on our Youth Workshop Requirements page. Proof of vaccination is NOT required to visit the Museum exhibits or SPY Store.

COVID-19 Precautions: Following each workshop, SPY’s Learning Center will be cleaned, and materials will be sanitized. Masks will be mandatory for all guests, regardless of vaccination status. 

*CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS and HIDDEN INFLUENCE are FREE of charge for ANY school thanks to the generous support of the Pritzker Military Foundation on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

How to Book

Submit a Workshop Request Form

We will contact you within 48 business hours to discuss availability and schedule your workshop.

ON-SITE WORKSHOPS

NEW! HIDDEN INFLUENCE: A WORKSHOP ON PROPAGANDA

Grades: 7-8 or 9-12
50 minutes

Every day students are faced with different forms of propaganda. However, it is nothing new. Governments have used this type of covert action to influence events both at home and abroad. Can your students identify the tools and techniques used to create successful propaganda campaigns? By the end, students will think critically about the information they consume and understand how it could be designed to manipulate their thoughts and opinions.

Decision Making/Conflict Resolution | US History/Government | World History

This program is FREE for ANY school thanks to the generous support of the Pritzker Military Foundation on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

Please note: One of the stories this workshop covers is Operation Denver, a Soviet active measures campaign, to spread the idea that AIDS was a man-made virus created by the US in Pentagon laboratories. The workshop does not discuss how AIDS is transmitted.

MINUTE BY MINUTE: CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS

Grades: 7-8 or 9-12
Time: 60 minutes
Do your students have what it takes to avert a nuclear catastrophe? 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.

Cold War | US History/Government | World History | Math | Decision Making/Conflict Resolution

This program is FREE for ANY school thanks to the generous support of the Pritzker Military Foundation on behalf of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

FORENSICS IN ESPIONAGE

Grades: 7-8 or 9-12
Time: 45 minutes
Is there a mole in your operation? While accusations fly, only forensic evidence provides the necessary counterintelligence clues to put this case to bed. Students become forensic scientists and use real FBI forensic techniques to examine evidence, make recommendations, and use the scientific method to determine the identity of the mole.

Science & Technology | Math | Decision Making/Conflict Resolution

OPERATION CODE CRACKER

Operation Code Cracker:
Grades: 4-6
Time: 45 Minutes
Sure your students are crafty, but can they become a code cracker on a top-secret mission? 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.

Science & Technology | Math | English Language Arts | Decision Making/Conflict Resolution

RED WHITE AND SPY

Grades: 4 - 6
Time: 50 minutes
Reporting to General George Washington, students will travel back in time to the summer of 1781. The mission: craft a deception operation to divert the planned British attack on the incoming French fleet. Their methods: covert communication, invisible ink, and codes and ciphers. Integrating primary documents into a live action mission, students will assist General Washington while American success in the War hangs in the balance!

US History/Government | World History | Math | English Language Arts | Decision Making/Conflict Resolution

SPY SCIENCE: OPERATION STEM

Grades:4-6
Time: 45 Minutes
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.

Science & Technology | Math | Decision Making/Conflict Resolution

SPY’S EYE VIEW

Grades: 9-12
Time: 45 minutes
Cost: Starting at $400+
Meet a real spy! Your students will learn from and be able to "interrogate" a former intelligence professional. Students discover the secret world of spying in a private briefing with a former intelligence professional. In this 45-minute program, students learn about the life of an intelligence professional, how intelligence is collected and analyzed, and its role in American government. Students also have an opportunity to "interrogate" the speaker.

Cold War | US History/Government | World History

Workshop & Field Trip Request Form

Submit your request using our online form.

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