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Our Nation's Capitol

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Join student reporters as they uncover the history, art and architecture that define America’s living symbol of democracy and freedom, the Capitol Building.

Creating the Memorial | Vietnam Veterans Memorial: An Alabama Bicentennial

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Victoria takes a tour of the monuments and statues at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and thinks about what they all represent. She then visits Jay Hall Carpenter, one of the sculptors who worked on The Three Soldiers memorial, to learn about the creative process, and how she can help create an artwork to thank Mr. Lane for his service.

The Garden (Clip 3) | Exploring Monticello

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In this segment of Exploring Monticello, we learn about Jefferson's vast garden where he experimented with growing many different varieties of vegetables.

Exploring Monticello takes students into Thomas Jefferson’s home, a virtual laboratory for all kinds of ideas. Thomas Jefferson is best known for authoring the Declaration of Independence and becoming the third President of the United States, but he also had a great love for innovations which made him one of America’s first great scientists.  This LIVE interactive streaming field trip gives students the opportunity to experience scientific discovery within the context of history, and to consider the creative process inherent in making something new and innovative.

Innovations in the Great Hall and Jefferson's Office (Clip 1) | Exploring Monticello

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In this segment of Exploring Monticello we learn about the large wall clock that is in Monticello's entrance hall, and the many innovations in Jefferson's office.

Exploring Monticello takes students into Thomas Jefferson’s home, a virtual laboratory for all kinds of ideas. Thomas Jefferson is best known for authoring the Declaration of Independence and becoming the third President of the United States, but he also had a great love for innovations which made him one of America’s first great scientists.  This LIVE interactive streaming field trip gives students the opportunity to experience scientific discovery within the context of history, and to consider the creative process inherent in making something new and innovative.

Natural History Artifacts (Clip 2) | Exploring Monticello

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In this segment from Exploring Monticello, we learn about the natural history artifacts that are on display at Monticello.

Exploring Monticello takes students into Thomas Jefferson’s home, a virtual laboratory for all kinds of ideas. Thomas Jefferson is best known for authoring the Declaration of Independence and becoming the third President of the United States, but he also had a great love for innovations which made him one of America’s first great scientists.  This LIVE interactive streaming field trip gives students the opportunity to experience scientific discovery within the context of history, and to consider the creative process inherent in making something new and innovative.

Exploring Monticello

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Exploring Monticello takes students into Thomas Jefferson’s home, a virtual laboratory for all kinds of ideas. Thomas Jefferson is best known for authoring the Declaration of Independence and becoming the third President of the United States, but he also had a great love for innovations which made him one of America’s first great scientists. This field trip gives students the opportunity to experience scientific discovery within the context of history, and to consider the creative process inherent in making something new and innovative.

Archaeology Adventures: Early Alabama History (full episode)

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Three young kids venture outside their 2-D animated world to learn about early Alabama history for their upcoming school report. Aided by their hyper-intelligent robotic friend Roto and a magical portal, they visit some of Alabama’s historic sites to learn about Native American societies, early settlers, and the beginning of Alabama’s statehood. With the help of local archaeologists and historians they just might make it back home in time to get to school and turn in their report!

Exploring Mount Vernon

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Explore the famous Mount Vernon estate in this electronic field trip to the historic home of our nation's first president. Learn from Mount Vernon's interpreters and curators. This electronic field trip targets students in grades 4-8. It will give students the unique opportunity to visit one of America's most famous homes while enhancing their knowledge of early American history.

The Farm | Exploring Mount Vernon

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Our student reporter meets "Slammin' Joe" to learn about what farm workers' lives and jobs were like at Mount Vernon. We then visit the 16-sided barn where we learn how wheat is turned into flour, including how horses aid in wheat preparation for the mill.

The Blacksmith Shop | Exploring Mount Vernon

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Our student reporter visits Eric Zieg at the blacksmith shop to learn about how blacksmiths make tools to help other artisans at Mount Vernon.

The Mansion Tour | Exploring Mount Vernon

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George Washington himself welcomes us to tour his mansion. Martha Washington joins our student reporter for a tour of the large dining room and the parlor. Mount Vernon Curator Laura Simo then shows us the master bedroom and George Washington's study which was filled with interesting artifacts and innovations.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial: An Alabama Bicentennial

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Students come face-to-face with the Vietnam War when they meet veterans and visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The war is revealed through compelling stories grounded in the personal experiences of Alabama veterans and others who were touched by the Vietnam War. Student reporters conduct interviews, experience a virtual draft, visit the Memorial with a veteran, and consider the lasting effects of the war.

Remembrance at the Memorial | Vietnam Veterans Memorial: An Alabama Bicentennial

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Victoria learns about what happens to the tokens of remembrance that are left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and learns what POW and MIA stand for. She then interviews the brother of a POW to find out more about the veteran's story.

Visiting the Memorial | Vietnam Veterans Memorial: An Alabama Bicentennial

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Student reporter Luke visits the Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Mobile which lists 1,213 men from Alabama who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. Then Luke meets student reporter Victoria, veteran Richard Lane, and history teacher Blake Busbin at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.