Visiting the Hemicycle is a great way to get to grips with the workings of the European Parliament. Students receive an interactive, age-appropriate talk from a speaker. They also take a seat in the Hemicycle gallery to learn more about debates and voting, they can even see European law being debated live if visiting during a plenary session.
In the high-tech Parlamentarium, students can discover European democracy as never before. It is full of dynamic multimedia displays that explain the evolution of the European Union, how laws are created and what deputies are doing to meet the challenges of today. Sitting in a 360° cinema or travelling Europe on a giant map, students get a better understanding of how the European Union affects their daily life. The Luna Game (6-10 years old) and the Galaxy Talent Show (10-14 years old) trails are also available for pupils to help them make sense of Europe.
The Parlamentarium also has something special for students aged 14 to 18+: the Role Play Game. They become Members of the European Parliament and must work together, negotiate and make difficult decisions as they tackle burning issues. This hands-on experience allows students to discover how European laws are created, from consulting interest groups and forming alliances to finding a compromise with other institutions and speaking to the media.
Get a crash course on European history at the unique House of European History. From its entry into modernity, descent into war, through to searching for a better life by working together, the museum shows visitors how Europe has evolved. It offers three special activities for schools. Next to tailored guided tours and independent visits with tablet and activity worksheets, the Out of the Display Case workshops allow students to explore history through touch and sound interacting with authentic pieces of the collection.
All activities are free of charge and most are available in the 24 EU languages. See more detailed information on our website: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/visiting