Mobile Museum Experience Will Focus on Las Vegas History, Criminal Justice and Constitutional Law
LAS VEGAS (February 2016) – The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is launching Investigating History, a comprehensive educational outreach program to be offered to Clark County schools. Funded by the Las Vegas Centennial Commission, this immersive program will introduce students to the topics of Las Vegas history, constitutional law and criminal justice through interactive standards-based classroom and auditorium presentations.
Designed for fourth-grade through 12th-grade students, the hands-on program will be presented by Museum educators and will support the fulfillment of national and state curriculum standards.
In spring 2016, fourth-grade students will learn the Experiencing Las Vegas history curriculum to complement Nevada’s fourth-grade state and local history curriculum. Lesson plans will include Las Vegas history: An Overview through Objects; Las Vegas in 1905: Building a Community in the Desert; and Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam.
Students in grades 7 through 12 will experience a curriculum titled Investigating History, which will include a wide cross-section of courses related to U.S. history, government, criminal justice and more. Lesson plans for these grades will include Temperance: The Nineteenth Century, the Progressive Era and Early Reform; Prohibition and American Society; and Prohibition and the Constitution.
All lesson plans will include a visit to school by a Museum educator, as well as access to trunks containing historical objects, images, reproduced documents, and activities to help bring historical topics to life. Within each trunk, a differentiated curriculum will allow teachers to select particular topics and activities in order to create customized experiences for their students.
Pilot presentations will be available for classrooms in the spring of 2016. Investigating History presentations will be available to all fourth- through 12th-grade Clark County students in the fall of 2016, with dates available throughout the 2016-2017 school year.
In addition, schools and groups of all sorts will soon have access to The Mob Museum’s BeamPro telepresence robot, “Moe-Bot,” for virtual tours. Beginning this fall, Moe-Bot will enable school groups to “visit” the Museum remotely and direct their tour experience almost as personally as if they were physically there. The students’ teacher can use a computer or mobile device to direct Moe-Bot as it navigates the Museum, while its video feed is projected for his or her class to watch.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. The Museum presents unbelievable stories about the Mob, its impact on Las Vegas history and unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in an eye-opening style via interactive exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and nearly 1,000 authentic artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2015” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas” by CNNgo, a finalist for the “Best Wider World Project Award,” by the British Guild of Travel Writers and “Best Museum” by Desert Companion and Nevada Magazine. Admission is $21.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/themobmuseum or on Twitter @themobmuseum.