Our work with the White House Visitor's Center has continued into this school year. Our students have been creating investigations to use in and around President's Park. In yet another partnership with the National Park Service, the students are creating historical and scientific investigations for future generations of students to enjoy.
Some of the historical investigations questions are : "How does the White House change during the time of war?" or "How has technology changed over time at the White House?". The students are also examining how physical and chemical weathering has effected the various monuments and memorials on the grounds of President's Park. They then brainstormed ideas to help the deterioration stop. The students also have created an investigation where they interview protestors, research the reasons of the protests, and come up with possible compromises to the issue. When we come back in the spring we will evaluate different crowd control issues in Lafayette Square just north of the White House. The students will then come up with viable options to not only help with security, but to also keep the plants and flowers safe for all the visitors to enjoy.
We spent the other half of the day getting a personal tour of the National Mall. Evidence collected will be used in various projects throughout the school year!