Asia Society Texas Center's Virtual Field Trips, created and facilitated by Asia Society education staff and content experts, provide educationally rich, interactive opportunities for students to learn about Asian art, culture, and traditions.
All virtual field trips are FREE and tethered to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
Virtual field trips include three components:
- A pre-lesson for teachers to facilitate in their classrooms (virtual or in-person), including:
- An "Introduction to Asia" interactive presentation highlighting essential information about Asian art, culture, geography, history, and politics
- Fun, engaging activities to spark student curiosity and interest
- An hour-long, live virtual lesson consisting of:
- A docent-led tour of our current exhibition, highlighting four items from the collection
- Educator-facilitated activities connecting the culture of the exhibition to the students' own cultures
- Hands-on learning experiences that can be easily completed from home or in the classroom
- A post-workshop lesson for teachers to facilitate in the classroom, featuring interactive projects based on the tour content.
Teachers can choose from the following workshops:
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Virtual field trips are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. At least two weeks' notice is required for virtual field trips. Teachers will receive all supplementary curriculum materials once they sign up. For more information, please contact Jennifer Kapral, Director of Education and Outreach at JKapral@asiasociety.org.
ExploreAsia Summer Camps
ExploreAsia camps seek to advance young learners' understanding of the world through fun, interactive, and meaningful activities. Camps are designed to engage students with Asian art, culture, and history. New for 2020, Asia Society's eighth year of ExploreAsia Culture Camp for Kids will be online, with five different live virtual camp sessions offered Monday–Friday.
For additional questions, please email Jennifer Kapral, Director of Education and Outreach, at JKapral@asiasociety.org.
2020 ExploreAsia camp dates:
Filmmaking with Writers in the Schools (WITS) Digital [ONLINE ONLY]
Monday – Friday, June 8–12
Create your own stories and poems, then bring them to life onscreen and showcase your film!
Recommended for students ages 9–12.
Manga Digital [ONLINE ONLY]
Monday – Friday, July 6–10
Create your own comics inspired by the Japanese manga style! Advanced manga students, bring your comics to life on the web.
Manga Digital is recommended for students ages 9–14.
For Teens: Writing for Social Justice with Writers in the Schools (WITS) [ONLINE ONLY]
Monday – Friday, July 13–17
Teen voices are powerful forces for social change. In this new camp, explore a range of essays, poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction from Asian American and other community voices, and learn to use your writing to interrogate and examine issues that are important to you.
Recommended for students ages 13–16.
Adventures Along the Silk Road [ONLINE ONLY]
Monday – Friday, July 20–24
Experience the arts, drama, music, food, and dancing of different cultures along the Silk Road and use modern techniques to create Silk Road-inspired art.
Recommended for students ages 6–9.
Dancing through China [ONLINE ONLY]
Monday – Friday, August 3–7
Join us for a week of fun exploring China! Enjoy learning different dance forms, plus arts and crafts and Chinese language lessons for exciting, fun-filled days in a virtual setting.
Recommended for students ages 6–9.
The Young Leaders Institute (YLI) is a week-long program for high school students aimed at promoting global competence as well as leadership skills. Since launching in 2016, YLI has provided new perspectives and strengthened skills for more than 200 students.
This summer's topics are Energy and the Environment, Food Security, and COVID-19: Reflections and New Realities. Throughout the week, students will learn the value of collaboration as they work in teams, researching, debating, and presenting solutions for the challenges facing our world. They will be mentored throughout the week by Asia Society staff and experts in their respective fields. An application is required to be admitted to the 2020 Young Leaders Institute. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with an extended deadline of Monday, May 25, 2020.
Education and outreach programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible through generous funding from Karen Chang and the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. Additional support provided by the Friends of Asia Society Texas Center.