The Learning Lab
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Every Smithsonian Student Travel program draws on the Smithsonian Learning Lab, the Institution’s award-winning educational resource. Containing millions of digital images, recordings, texts, and videos from the archives, the Learning Lab helps students uncover the unexpected connections that lie within program themes and destinations.
Prior to departure, students receive access to program-specific Learning Lab collections, uniquely created and curated for their journey. Students are encouraged to browse their collection to learn more about the people, places, languages, cultures, and wildlife they will encounter during their trip. By deepening their knowledge prior to departure, travelers begin the program with a wider context for their exploration that will allow them to fully experience new places from day one.
During the program, students are encouraged to create an independent project of their choosing to further deepen their understanding of a topic through hands-on experiential learning. Projects can take many forms, from presentations to photography, writing, or drawing. Students can lean on the Learning Lab in the creation of these projects, highlighting their personal journey of understanding and experiences of new places and people.
“I felt very accomplished that I made friends, was very active, and completed many if not all of my goals for the program. I gained a life experience that I will never forget along with wonderful friends and incredible knowledge.”
–Farrah H., Iceland student traveler