Distance Learning for K12 students at the Penn Museum..

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:

  • An interactive component – students ask questions and discuss the topic with the presenter.
  • Close-up view of selected artifacts in addition to those on exhibit in the gallery.

Scheduling Information

  • Each program is about one hour long, including time for questions at the end of the lesson.
  • Program cost is $125. If you book two or more programs you will receive a 10% discount.
  • Programs can accommodate up to 30 students at a time.
  • Pre-broadcast materials are provided to help prepare the students.
  • All programs address national and state standards.
  • Programs can be formatted to suit any age.
  • Video broadcasts are available Mondays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EST), with a minimum of three weeks notice. Other days by request, depending on gallery availability.
  • A pre-broadcast test will be done either on the presentation day or within the week before. A facilitator from your school must be present during the test and the presentation.

Technology Requirements

  • H.323 Equipment and connection to regional/national research and education network.

Available Programs

Daily Life in Ancient Rome Grades: 4th-8th

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!

Mummy Makers Grades: 6th-9th

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.

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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