We believe that Nebraska students shouldn’t only visit the State Capitol in fourth grade. As one of Civic Nebraska’s flagship programs, Capitol Experience Day offers that opportunity – and more – to middle- and high-school students across the state.
Capitol Experience Day goes beyond a simple tour. It is designed to teach critical thinking, civil discourse, and the governing process through an interactive lineup of a state legislator, executive branch official (e.g. attorney general, lieutenant governor, etc.), and a Supreme Court justice.
Students also engage in a mock committee hearing, in which they deliberate a piece of current legislation of their choice from different viewpoints. By the end of the day, students have a greater understanding of the Nebraska unicameral and their role as citizens in the state’s legislative process.
Capitol Experience Day creates engaged students who understand how to effectively advocate for their communities by honing civil discourse, critical thinking, and community leadership skills.
If you are unable to participate in a Capitol Experience Day be sure to check out our Civic Education Resources page for alternative teaching tools.
“This day is always eye-opening to our students. I always enjoy seeing and talking with the students after (Capitol Experience Day) — they take themselves and school more seriously. Thank you again for making this day possible!” — Kate Damgaard, Lincoln Public Schools
A sample agenda is included below, but please note that Capitol Experience Day is customizable to various age groups and subject matters. Additionally, Civic Nebraska has worked with teachers to develop related lesson plans that meet state Social Studies, English, and Reading standards.
For more information and to schedule your Capitol Experience Day, please reach out to Amanda Barker, Director of Civic Health Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.