With fieldtrips cancelled for the foreseeable future, school groups can still visit the Parliament Buildings virtually! The new Virtual Classroom and Primer on Heraldry programs provide students with an opportunity to learn about the Legislative Assembly in a fun and engaging way from the comfort of their home computers or classroom. The programs offer interactive learning experiences, and while they may never replace an in-person visit to the Parliament Buildings, they do include lively discussion with one of our Legislative Guides and lots of fun stories.
Virtual Classroom - a one hour presentation on the history of the Legislative precinct and an introduction to the work of the Legislative Assembly. Students will learn about the key people who work in the Legislative Assembly, how a bill becomes a law, and the important symbols of the Legislative Assembly. The presentation includes many interesting photos of the Parliament Buildings from the time of its construction up to today.
A Primer on Heraldry - in a one hour presentation that is geared towards younger learners, students explore the British Columbia Coat of Arms to learn about their province, its place within Canada, and the key parts of its history and geography. Students will also have a chance to design their own personal coat of arms, and to imagine a new one for British Columbia.