Expand Horizons: Support Youth Education

The Museum's youth education programs reach beyond out walls and into classrooms across the United States and the world. From science, technology, engineer and mathematics (STEM) to social studies and language arts, our unique approach engages all learners in problem-solving scenarios inspired by real stories from the world of espionage and intelligence.

PROGRAMS FOR K-12 Students and Educators

Our multi-and interdisciplinary programming reaches beyond the Museum’s walls and into classrooms across the nation and the world. From science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to social studies and language arts, the Museum’s unique approach engages all learners in problem-solving scenarios inspired by real-world cases and stories presented in the Museum These programs include:

  • Hands-on student workshops offered at the Museum, at local schools, and though distance learning using videoconferencing technology. Virtual field trips extend the reach of our workshops into classrooms across the country and around the globe. Over 12,500 students have participated. This program also serves incarcerated youth, senior centers and libraries, as well as teachers seeking professional development opportunities.
  • Curriculum publications and resources that help teachers enliven their lessons and correlate to national and Common Core curriculum standards.
  • Educator professional development opportunities including an annual Educator Night Out event and customized half-day to day-long workshops. A week-long summer teacher institute will commence in 2020.
  • An annual Homeschool Day for students and families.
A gift of $250,000 to our education programs makes it possible for us to welcome 1,200 teachers to Educator Night Out. A $10,000 gift can support 100 virtual field trips.

Youth and Family Programs 

  • Our annual SpyFest welcomes more than 600 children and adults with 15 hands-on immersive activities that offer unique up-close access to professionals in the intelligence field who demonstrate their skills and expertise. 
  • Operation Secret Slumber overnights offer families the opportunity to experience the Museum after hours. Running missions through the galleries, meeting a former intelligence officer and sleeping next to some of the world’s most valuable artifacts creates memories that last a lifetime. 
  • Spy Camp gives children ages 10 through 13 a week-long experience that takes place both at the Museum and on the city streets.
  • Girl Scout programming includes dynamic badge workshops as well as an annual Girl Scout Day. 
A gift of $10,000 to our education programs makes possible 10 scholarships for Spy Camp, 10 scholarships for Secret Slumber, and 100 complimentary tickets for family festivals for students and families.

 

Ursula Oaks

Director of Philanthropy