Instilling a Passion for Excellence
Our field trip program will provide students with an invaluable academic resource as they expand their cultural horizons through the popular affinity of the Olympics, while sharing creative skills with others here in Lee County and around the globe.
AOTO's programs uphold the ancient Olympic creed which calls on individuals to better themselves by constantly challenging themselves to achieve greatness in physical, artistic and educational endeavors. AOTO introduces students to a new arena in which the sport and art worlds unite to elevate the virtues of excellence above winning. AOTO programs are designed to inspire individuals, particularly youth, to strive for personal growth by bringing innovation and creativity to the classroom.
The art exhibits in the gallery change every 2-3 months, representing a different Olympian Artist and/ or Artists. Information about that particular artist is given, as well as facts about their country of origin, how they came to be involved in art and their accomplishments in the sport world.
Along with the featured artist's works, we display at least one piece of art from each of our other Olympian Artist's. This enables AOTO to show the wide range of media our artists work in, and allows students to see diversity in art and hopefully presents an art form they had never considered before. Discussions are centered on the process of the creation of the pieces of art, showing the level of hard work and dedication the artists have.
In our Museum we display Olympic Memorabilia from past Olympics and Olympians, facts and artifacts regarding the Ancient and Modern Day Olympics, as well as interactive exhibits where the students can try their hand at an Olympic Sport and training equipment. Some of these exhibits will test the flexibility and agility of the students, while giving information about the human body and how best to take care of it. The displays of sporting equipment is changed every 4-6 months representing a different Olympic Sport, and allowing students to experience a wide range of the Olympic Events.
Learning is not just about facts, it also includes experiences and emotions. For many people, learning is a social experience- something that is most enjoyably done in the company of others; which makes our museum the perfect setting for learning and fun!
On all school tours, the docent will constantly engage the students by asking questions, having them learn about art and sport interactively and tangibly.
AOTO provides a worksheet given to the students on first entering the building, that aims to help students not just look at art and artifacts, but have them consider it. After they are given the tour, they will pick one piece in the museum or gallery and analyze it. When the students are finished they will come together and discuss with eachother what they picked, why and what they learned from it.
Depending on the grade level, we will have students create questions on the works of art or the history of the Olympics they have seen or learned about, and have an open forum discussion where they will be able to answer eachother's questions; which invites the students to learn and appreciate the opinions and perspectives of their peers.
There is also an art project available to students, where they create their own piece of art focusing on the theme of what they would do to make the world a better place. We call it "I Could Change the World If..." After these are completed, we have the students go around and explain how their ideas can make the world a better place.
School Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm, and will be offered all year long and throughout the summer. (Depending on activities chosen for tours, they can last 1-2 hours).
Boxed lunches will be offered as an option for the tours as well. AOTO receives the lunches from Jason's Deli and include a sandwich, chips and a drink for $10.00 per student. (Picnic style lunches can also be accomodated if you wish to bring your own lunch)
The tours will be completely free to all schools who wish to come through; the only cost that will be incurred by the schools is transportation and lunch (if chosen).
Group Sizes vary on the age group that is coming in to tour the museum;