School Tours Information

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center is TEMPORARILY CLOSED. In-person school tours are canceled through February 2021.


These interactive offerings support students to think about the world we share, some of the pressing issues facing the globe, and ways we can each make a difference. Programs can be adapted to different ages and subject areas.

  • FREE
  • Tours conducted via video chat
  • Can be done entirely remotely, or in a hybrid learning environment
  • 30-45 minutes in length
  • Led by staff of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center

If you have questions or would like to be notified when sign-up begins, email David McIntosh at [email protected]


The Science of COVID-19
Student Levels: Middle & High School
This series of two engaging digital lessons use information, quizzes, and q&a to help students understand the science of viruses, testing and vaccination, and how we as a world need to think equitably.

COVID-19, Society and You
Student Levels: High School
Are we really all in this together? The pandemic has affected nearly every person on this planet, but not equally. This mics-on conversation explores some of the inequities made more apparent by the disease through dialogue and creative expression. We will use writing, reflection, and/or art to consider thoughtful decisions on addressing the pandemic in a way that is inclusive and equitable.

Quiz: How well do you know the world?
Student Levels: Middle, High & College
Challenge your assumptions and test your knowledge about our world in this 13-question quiz. Once we go through the questions, we’ll have a lively discussion around a range of global topics and perspectives on them.

Global Goals, Local Action
Student Levels: Middle, High & College
This mics-on conversation invites young people to explore local, community issues, and ways to take action using the lens of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Numbers in the Wild: Data Literacy
Student Levels: High School & College
Do you trust data? What do you need to pay attention to? This discussion supports students in building the skills they need to “tame wild numbers”  and understand the data they encounter in their everyday lives. We’ll explore topics including social justice, climate change, and pirates.

Design Thinking
Student Levels: Elementary, Middle & High School
Design is a process, a way of thinking, and an approach to solving a problem. This collaborative discussion explores some of the key aspects of human-centered designs and innovations with students working to inclusively solve a design challenge.

Food, Agriculture, Inequity
Student Levels: Middle & High School
Food is essential to all human life. In this conversation, students explore agriculture on a global scale and reflect on situations closer to home including inequity, food deserts, and food swamps.

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Transportation Subsidies

Transportation Subsidies will return when in-person school tours resume.

Please schedule your school tour at least two weeks in advance using the form below.

Tour Details

Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Guides
Maximum group size
(based on age or grade level)
Large Group Tours are offered on Tuesdays & Wednesdays
  • PreK-3rd gradeUp to 40 students
  • 4th-8th grade:Up to 72 students
  • 9th-12th grade:Up to 80 students
  • Adults:Up to 100 participants

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