Gates Foundation Visitor Center

Themed Tours


Tour Program at a Glance

The educational and interpretive approach at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is designed for both guided inquiry and personal exploration. We engage students, teachers, and the general public through exhibits, group discussion, and interactive activities.

Our educational programs and tours provide learning opportunities for students that foster critical thinking and problem solving skills in an inclusive, collaborative environment. Each tour invites students to learn about how the foundation and its partners are working to address some of the world’s toughest challenges, and encourages them to explore solutions for the global and local issues that interest them most.

Ultimately, we hope to inspire youth to become active learners and global citizens.

Themed Tours

Grades K-5

All Lives Have Equal Value

[This tour] gives the kids a chance to see people from other parts of the world.

Teacher - The Meridian School

This tour gives young people insight into the challenges faced by families in different parts of the world. Through the stories of people who rely upon smallholder farms to feed their families and who are uniquely vulnerable to disease and malnutrition, students are given the building blocks for cross-cultural understanding. They also gain a sense of the benefit that simple solutions like vaccines offer to drastically improve living conditions worldwide, as they hear about the foundation, its founders and mission.

Making the World a Better Place: My Community

This tour focuses on everyday opportunities that can empower young people to contribute to their communities. Through stories, activities, videos, and group discussions about needs within their schools and neighborhoods, students learn that improving the world begins at home.

Students also work in small groups to identify and explore solutions for an issue important to them. Focusing on young people’s emerging sense of themselves and their communities, the tour encourages the development of agency, empathy, and positive-change making.

Grades 6-12

All Lives Have Equal Value

Drawing upon students’ developing ideas about social institutions and civic structures, this tour invites students to think about problems related to global health and poverty—such as food security, health care, and education—and to understand the complexities involved in responding to those problems. Through learning about the initiatives at the Gates Foundation, students are introduced to ways that schools, governments, businesses, and agencies can successfully partner together to develop innovative solutions.

I recommend this tour because if enough people know how they can change the world they are more likely to.

Student - Park Place Middle School

Making the World a Better Place: Take Action

This tour encourages students to be active global citizens and positive change makers by thinking about how to make the world a better place. Learning about the foundation and its partners will also provide a glimpse of the kinds of work students might one day pursue to become a positive change maker.

Learning into Action

[This tour] gets kids to think 'outside the box' and encourage[s] innovation!

Teacher - FBLA, Fife High School

Drawing upon science and technology, this tour explores the benefits that strategic thinking and problem solving have to offer global health challenges. Ideal for students of science and history alike, the tour presents case studies—such as the global fight to end polio—that introduce students to practical applications of disciplinary skills that bring about enormous change.


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