On Thursday January 30th, a busload of Public Media education innovation-minded folks will tour three iconic spots in Washington, DC. Participants will not only learn, but have fun along the way.

The field trip, led by PBS NewHour Extra, kicks off at the National Institutes of Health where experts will share some top science projects going on in the country, provide a tour and share new grant opportunities. Next up, a visit to the Harry Potter-like Jefferson Library at the Library of Congress to hear how primary sources are used to engage your audience. The final stop explores the Lemelson Center's Spark Lab at the Smithsonian Museum of American History to learn about the history of invention and innovation in the U.S. Before heading back to Arlington, you'll have some free time to explore the museum.

National Institutes of Health

National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world. Located in Bethesda, MD, NIH seeks fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life and reduce illness and disability.

More information about NIH can be found here.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers and other publications in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

The Jefferson Building is the oldest part of the Library of Congress.

More information about the Library of Congress and the Jefferson Building can be found here.

American History Museum

The National Museum of American History is home to more than 1.8 million objects and more than three shelf-miles of archival collections. On behalf of the nation, the museum preserves and shares this extraordinary national collection encompassing a remarkable array of American history in documents, photographs, and other works, including major holdings on the histories of American business and music.

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation invites visitors to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, and invent. Activities for children and families incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with art, history and creativity.

For more information on The National Museum of American History and the Lemeslon Center for the Study of Invention, please visit this site.