Our Programs are designed to engage and educate youth, aged 6 to 17. Please read about our programs and contact us to schedule a program with your organization.
Young Archaeologist Club
Edgewood Arts Center 3415 8th St NE Washington, District of Columbia 20017
Sundays (Beginning April 2017) | 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm| Ages 8 – 11| $220
AITC Young Archaeologists’ Club is for youth interested in archaeology and who are raising 3rd graders through 6th graders. Here’s their chance to work with archaeologists and get hands on experience with various archaeological techniques, while attending field trips, participating in fun activities and if the weather permits, conduct some real excavating!
Students have the option of dropping in on any club session simply by pre-registering at the link below.
April 9: Introduction to Botanical and Animal Decomposition (Thinking like a Scientist)
April 23: Osteology and Bone Analysis (Field Trip)
April 30: Archaeology and the National Park Service (Guest Speaker)
May 7: Inca Architecture, Pictographs and Petroglyphs (Guest Speaker)
May 14: Underwater Archaeology
May 21: Belize Archaeology w/ Belize Institute of Archaeology
May 28: Experimental Archaeology
To register for the Young Archaeologist Club or Drop-in sessions click the link below
Archaeologist for a Day Program
Our signature activity, AITC archaeologists will work with organizational leaders (teachers, community groups, etc) to tailor our archaeology program to best engage with the age group and overarching goal of the organization. In our efforts to bring archaeology to children we conduct practical activities which introduce them to archaeology and science. Some of these include, but are not limited to:
Digging for artifacts
Mini Archaeology Camp
The students meet for nine sessions over the course of four weeks. During this time students work with AITC archaeologists to explore archaeology as a profession and a practice. AITC teaches archaeology as it developed as a field, techniques used to gather archaeological data, and how data are analyzed to interpret the past. Through a series of lectures, interactive workshops, and development of a group project, lessons and group work are centered on community histories appropriate for student groups.
Students are taught to shape an historical narrative with archaeological excavations, research and laboratory analysis, and interpretation. Employing such hands-on activities to facilitate critical thinking, science, history and math has a unique and effective impact on students. The curricula are designed not only to teach age-appropriate skills, but also to inspire the student’s imagination.
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Archaeology Badges
We work with troops to facilitate archaeology programs which meet the archaeology badge requirements. Please contact us if you are a troop leader interested in program.