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Speed of News

Students see how technology affects communication through hands-on exploration of telegraphs, typewriters and more.

Students learn how people have shared news and information throughout history — from cave paintings to telegraphs, from criers to television. At exploration stations, students get hands-on experience with new and old forms of communications – some fast, some slow, some familiar, some not. See how technology drives the ways we share information.

"Speed of News deepens the students' understanding of how info about an event spread to the public and how it shaped subsequent events." — Jackie Moore, teacher, North Chevy Chase (Md.) Elementary School


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Booking Information

This class requires a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 30 students in the Learning Center classroom. Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availability. We appreciate hands-on assistance from chaperones when needed.

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  • Topic:
    News & Media
  • Theme:
    Media Literacy
  • Level:
    Students | Grades: 3-5
  • Cost:
    Free; Newseum admission required
  • Duration:
    50 minutes
  • Days Offered:
    Monday through Friday
  • Times Offered:
    9:30 a.m. Learning Center
    10:45 a.m. Learning Center
    12:15 p.m. Learning Center
    1:30 p.m. Learning Center
  • Capacity:
    Max 30 students in the Learning Center
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    12 participants
  • Grade:
    Elementary School
  • Format:
    At the Newseum

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