Bring the Penn Museum right to your classroom with an interactive video conference! Supplement textbook study by examining the material culture of ancient as well as living people. Identify and describe the cultural aspects of specific groups, comparing and contrasting them to your students’ own experience.
Distance Learning programs are video conferenced in a Museum gallery and include:
Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Broadcast live from our Rome Gallery, students will learn all about artifacts that elite Romans used in their day-to-day lives. This interactive program covers mosaics, portraiture, mummy portraits, and examines childhood toys and the educational system. You will also take a tour of a Roman House and learn how to tie a toga!
Watch as ancient Egyptian embalmers (O.K. museum educators) prepare Mr. Ulysses Penn for his journey to the afterlife! Using fabricated mummies, students will explore mummification as they witness each step of the process including brain removal, evisceration, desiccation, and wrapping. Students will also investigate the religious significance of mummification. Mummy Makers incorporates both math and science, along with the study of ancient history. This workshop uses life-like mummies.
India: Past and Present
Grades: K – 4th (culture, fashions, festivals), 5th – 12th (history, culture, fashions, festivals)
Discover India’s incredible diversity by exploring its geography, history, music and festivals. Enjoy different fashions and learn how to wear a sari. Make a clay lamp called Diya to celebrate Diwali. Learn about India’s past and understand how different rulers influenced present-day Indian society. Discussion topics include the Indus Valley Civilization, Aryans and caste system, story and teachings of Buddha and Islamic art and architecture in modern India.
When booking the program, please alert the coordinator to what the class has been studying so connections can be made during the program.
*Distance Learning through video conferencing is a work in progress for the Penn Museum. We plan to develop additional programs in the future, however, due to technical challenges of our building, not all galleries are accessible at this time.
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