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The Mariners’ Museum and Park provides engaging student programs designed to enhance and supplement classroom instruction. When students visit The Mariners’ Museum and Park, they participate in an educational program presented by our Museum Education Team. Along with the structured program, students are able to experience some type of Museum exploration, such as a guided tour or a Museum scavenger hunt.

 

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At the Museum Education Programs

The Mayflower

 

Age of Exploration

Grades: 9th – 10th

Transport your students back in time with this interactive educational program focusing on the golden age of exploration. In this program, students will practice historical thinking, geographic analysis, and economic decision making. Museum educators will guide discussions focused on the Old and New Worlds, different cultural groups, and the impact European culture had on the Americas. Students will interpret and analyze primary and secondary sources, handle reproduction artifacts, and engage in a Columbian Exchange simulation.

Duration: 1 hour

History (VDOE): WHII.1a, WHII.1b, WHII.1c, WHII.1f, WHII.4a, WHII.4b, WHII.4c, WHII.4d


The Mayflower

Are We There Yet?: Exploring Navigation and Migration

Grades: 4th – 10th

Did you know that migrating animals and humans share a surprising amount of navigational methods? Most migrating animals navigate over large expanses of oceans and landmasses, year after year, using their built-in compasses, mental maps, and crude GPS systems, largely influenced by Earth’s magnetic field. During this program, students will learn through hands-on STEM activities about common animal navigational methods and how they are strikingly similar to human navigation. The program will highlight endangered or threatened species of migrating animals from the Atlantic Ocean or Chesapeake Bay and the human impact on migration. Students will put their navigational skills to the test as they create a mental map, learn the basics of how to use a map compass, and play the part of a bird during migration through the Chesapeake Bay.

Duration: 75 minutes

Standards of Learning (SOLs) 

Science (VDOE 2018):

Elementary: 4.1, 4.2 (b,c), 4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6, 5.8 (a)

Middle: 6.1, 6.6 (b,e,f), 6.7 (a,b), 6.8, 6.9 (a,c,e), LS.1, LS.4, LS.5, LS.6 (b,c,d), LS.8, LS.9, PS.1, PS.6 (c), PS.8, PS.9 (b,d,e,f)

High: ES.1 (a,c,d,f), ES.8 (d), ES.10 (a,b,e); ES.11 (d)

History (VDOE 2015):

WG.1 (a,b,c,e,f), WG.2 (a,c), WG.3, WG.4, WG.5

Next Generation Science Standards:

Elementary: 4-PS3-2, 4-ESS2-2, 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS3-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3

Middle: MS-PS2-3, MS-LS2-1, MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-3

Principles of Ocean Literacy:

1) The Earth has one big ocean with many features 2) The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth 5) The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems 6) The oceans and humans are inextricably interconnected


 

Buoyancy: How a Boat Floats

Grades: 5th – 8th

How and why do massive ships, tugboats, and sailboats all float? What phenomenon keeps a container ship from sinking to the bottom of the ocean, even when it is full of cargo? In this program, students will answer these questions and more through demonstrations and experiments. They will explore the principles of buoyancy such as object density and mass, water density, and surface area. At the end of the program, students will put these principles to the test as they work collaboratively to design and build a boat and race against the clock.

Duration: 75 minutes

Science (VDOE 2018)

Elementary: 5.1; 5.2a; 5.3b; 5.7; 

Middle: 6.1; 6.5c, d, e, f, g; 6.6a, b; 

High: LS. 1; LS.6d; LS.7; PS.1; PS.5c; PS.6; PS.8

Mathematics: (VDOE 2016): 5.1; 5.2a; 5.8b; 6.2; 6.3a, b; 7.4a; 8.6b

Next Generation Science Standards:

3-5-ETS1-1, 2, 3; 5-PS1-1, 2, 3; 5-PS2-1, MS-PS1-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-ETS1-1, 2, 3, 4


Engineering a Lighthouse

Grades: 4th-9th

Lighthouses are found along coastlines throughout the world and have been for over 2000 years. They help protect ships from dangers in the water and on the coast, serve as navigational beacons to welcome sailors home and guide them along their journey, and provide an important link between maritime history and the ever-evolving technology of ocean navigation. During this project-based program, students become civil and electrical engineers as they take environmental conditions into consideration and work collaboratively to design, build, and test their own working lighthouse model.

Duration: 75 minutes

Science (VDOE 2018): 4.1a-f, 4.4a, 4.7b; 5.1a-f, 5.4b,d, 5.6b, 5.8d; 6.1a-f, 6.6d-e; 

LS.1a-f; PS.1a-f, PS.5c, PS.9a, c, e-f; ES.1a-f, ES.3b, ES.10a, e, ES.12c

 

Next Generation Science Standards: 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS3-2, 

3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-3, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, 

MS-ETS1-3

Math (VDOE 2016): 4.8a, 4.8d, 4.11, 5.8a, 5.9a, 5.9b, 6.7c, 7.4a, 7.4b, 8.6a, 8.6b, 8.8


Exploration Across the Seas: Europe, The Americas, and Beyond

Grades: 2nd

Maps and spices and resources, oh my! These are just some of the many interactives your students will explore. Students will learn about life at sea, better comprehend the spice trade, and practice their map skills. Museum educators will guide discussions about Christopher Columbus, why resource scarcity promotes trade, and the importance of navigational tools for maritime exploration. During the program, students will be introduced to primary and secondary sources, as well as reproduction artifacts.

Duration: 1 hour

History (VDOE): 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.1c, 2.1g, 2.4a, 2.5f, 2.6a, 2.8


Exploration and Colonization in the New World

Grades: 6th – 8th

What made Europeans want to explore? What problems did they encounter? What kind of relationships existed between the Europeans and the American Indians? These are just some of the questions that students will better understand during this exciting program. Students will learn about European exploration and the colonization of North America. Museum educators will guide discussions about the motivation, obstacles, and consequences of exploration, the interaction between indigenous groups and explorers, and the various factors that helped shape colonial America. Students will interpret and analyze primary and secondary sources, as well as handle reproduction artifacts.

Duration: 1 hour

History (VDOE): USI.1a, USI.1c, USI.1f, USI.4a, USI.4b, USI.5a


Exploration in the Ancient World

Grades: 3rd

Do you wanna build an aqueduct? Come join us for this engaging program. Focusing on the five major ancient civilizations: China, Egypt, Mali, Rome, and Greece, students will compare and contrast different cultures, describe human-environment interactions, and understand the importance of trade. During the program, students will participate in a simulation that demonstrates trade in the ancient world. Additionally, they will put their engineering skills to the test as they work collaboratively to build a model of a Roman aqueduct.

Duration: 1 hour

History (VDOE): 3.1a, 3.1b, 3.1c, 3.1g, 3.3, 3.6, 3.8


Extreme Deep: Survival and Exploration

Grades: 4th – 8th

Earth is 71% water, and yet only a relatively small portion of the world’s waters have been explored. Scientists and explorers around the world are discovering more each day utilizing special technology to reach the deepest depths of the ocean. During the program, students will discover the layers of the ocean, learn how humans explore the deep, and examine how adaptations play a role in animal survival. Students will also create their own submersible design along with playing an animal guessing game with sounds. 

Duration: 75 minutes

Science (VDOE 2018):

Elementary: 4.1 (c,d), 4.2, 4.3, 4.7; 5.1 (c,d), 5.5; 5.6; 5.8 (a,b,d)

Middle: 6.1 (c,d), 6.6 (b,e), 6.9 (a,c,e), LS.1 (c,d), LS.4, LS.5, LS.6, LS.7, LS.9, LS.11 (a,c), PS.6, PS.7

Next Generation Science Standard:

Elementary: 4-PS3-2, 4-LS1-1, 4-ESS2-2, 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS3-1

Middle: MS-ESS2-4, MS-LS2-1, MS-ESS2-6

Principles of Ocean Literacy:

1) Earth has one big ocean with many features 5) The ocean supports diversity 6) The ocean and humans are inextricably connected 7) The ocean is largely unexplored


The Eye of a Hurricane: Predicting disaster in the Atlantic

Grades: 4rd – 6th

Hurricanes are one of Earth’s most formidable forces. During this program, students will learn about the basics of hurricanes, what fuels these massive storms, and how they impact coastal communities, including Virginia. Students will also analyze a 19th-century barometer, courtesy of The Mariners Museum and Park Collection, and explore how sailors and scientists of the past studied these unpredictable storms. At the conclusion of the program, students will work collaboratively to build a prototype of a hurricane-proof structure and test it under 75 mile-per-hour winds.

Duration: 75 minutes

Science (VDOE 2018):
Elementary: 4.1, 4.4a, 5.1, 5.2, 5.6d, 5.7c, 5.8d

Middle: 6.1, 6.3a, 6.4, 6.6 (b,c,d,e,f), 6.7

Next Generation Science Standards:

Elementary: 3-5-ETS1-3, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-4, 4-ESS2-2, 4-ESS3-2, 5-PS1-1, 5-ESS2-1

Middle: MS-PS3-3, MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-2

Principles of Ocean Literacy:

1) The Earth has one big ocean with many features 2) The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth 3) The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate 6) The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected


An Introduction to Underwater Robotics

Grades: 5th – 12th

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive an underwater robot? Since the 1950s ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) have been used for a wide range of military, scientific, and salvage missions. From documenting deep-sea animals to servicing underwater oil structures, ROVs serve as an integral tool in the growing field of Marine Technology. During this program, groups of students will go through the engineering design cycle to design, build, and test their own unique ROVs. 

Please note, this program is seasonal and is only offered April 1st – May 31st.

Duration: 2 hours

Science (VDOE 2018):

Elementary: 5.1(d,i), 5.1k, 5.6, 5.7g

Middle: 6.1f, 6.1i, 6.1j, 6.5, 6.9, LS.1j, LS.10b, LS.10c, LS.11d, LS.11e, PS.1m, PS.1n, PS.6, PS.10a, PS.10c, PS.10d, PS.11a

High: ES.1b, ES.1f, ES.6b, ES.6d, PH.1f, PH.4, PH.7

Next Generation Science Standards:

5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-4, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-3, HS-PS3-3, HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-4, HS-ETS1-1, HS-ETS1-2, HS-ETS1-3


Ironclad Marvels: The Battle of USS Monitor and CSS Virginia

Grades: 4th – 6th

This program is a new and improved version of Clash of Armor! 

What happens when iron meets iron? Find out by investigating the battle between USS Monitor and CSS Virginia. Using artifacts, reproduction artifacts, personal correspondence and historical images, students will gain an understanding of the importance of this ironclad battle to Virginia, the American Civil War and navies around the world, even today. During the program, students will become detectives who learn about six individuals involved in the history of this battle through a primary source analysis activity. Students will also discover how artifacts from the Monitor wreck site are being conserved here at The Mariners’ Museum and participate in a mock-archaeological excavation of the Monitor’s Dahlgren guns – just like our own conservators!

Duration: 2 hours

History (VDOE):VS.1a-g, i, VS.7a-c; USI.1a-g, i, USI.9a-f; USII.1a-g, i


Macroinvertebrate Mayhem! Investigating our Local Watershed

Grades: 5th – 12th

The Mariners’ Lake is home to many fascinating animals, from snapping turtles to great blue herons to minnows, but the lesser known creatures are macroinvertebrates. Macroinvertebrates, critters without a backbone you can see without a microscope, are without a doubt the backbone of a lake ecosystem. In this MWEE-style program, students will take a hands-on approach to learn about the health of the Lake by collecting, sorting, and identifying freshwater macroinvertebrates from leaf packs in The Mariners’ Lake. Students will also measure water quality (physical and chemical tests) in the field using a variety of tools. The class will compare the viability of physical and biological indicators in measuring the habitat quality of an aquatic environment. The ending discussion will focus on human impacts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and how they have affected freshwater environments and macroinvertebrate communities.

Please note, this program is seasonal and is only offered April 1st – October 15th.

Duration: 2 hours

Science (VDOE 2018):

Elementary: 5.1 (a, g, h, i), 5.5 (b, c), 5.6 (b, c), 5.7 (g)

Middle:  6.1, 6.5, 6.6 (b,d), 6.7, LS.1, LS.4, LS.6, LS.8, LS.9 (b,c), LS.10 (a,c), LS.11 (d,e), PS.1, PS.2, PS.8, PS.9

High: ES.1, ES.2, ES.8 (e,f), BIO.1, BIO.2 (a), BIO.8, CH.1, CH.5 (a)


Mariners of Moana: A Virtual Artifact Exploration

Grades: 3rd-5th

Polynesia comes to life in this interactive virtual exploration of the indigenous peoples of Oceania. By comparing images from the Disney movie Moana to artifacts in the Mariners’ Museum’s collection, students will learn about the traditions of South Pacific Islanders and their unique maritime history. Students will interpret objects, paintings, maps, dance, and specialized charts in order to understand the distinctive and varied cultures present in islands from Hawaii to New Zealand. Archaeological investigation will also be explored as students develop their own hypotheses to answer the questions of the Pacific Islander Long Pause as it relates to human and animal migration. At the end of the program, students will play the role of a Pacific Islander (either person or animal!) to try and complete a migration from one island to another.

Duration: 75 minutes

History (VDOE 2015): 3.1a-j; 3.7; VS.1d, g, i; USI.1a, d, g; USI.2a, c, d

Science (VDOE 2018): 3.1a, c, d; 3.2a-b; 3.4a, c; 4.1a-d;4.3a, c; 4.7b-c; 5.1a-d; 

5.2a-b; 5.3a-b, d; 5.9a-c

English (VDOE 2017): 4.2a, c; 4.3a-b; 5.2a, d; 5.3a-c

Dance Arts (VDOE 2020): 3.1; 3.6; 4.1; 4.6; 4.7; 5.1; 5.6; 5.7

Visual Arts (VDOE 2020): 3.3c; 3.6a, c; 3.7; 4.6a-d; 4.7; 5.6a-d; 5.7


Ring of Fire: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis

Grades: 5th – 8th

The Ring of Fire is a tectonically active zone that causes frequent and devastating natural disasters. In such a geologically dynamic area, mariners must be innovative when designing boats and ships. Powerful earthquakes that lead to tsunamis frequently damage boats and ships near the shoreline. In this program, students will work through the engineering design cycle to attempt to design and build a tsunami-proof boat model from common house-hold materials. They will then test the boats in our portable “wave tank” to see if their design stood up to the challenge of the tsunami waves. To prepare for the challenge, the Museum educator will review the layers of the Earth, plate tectonics and boundaries, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis.

Duration: 75 minutes

Science (VDOE 2018):

Elementary: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.8

Middle: 6.1, 6.3a, 6.4 (b,c), 6.6f, PS.1, PS.5b, PS.6, PS.8

Next Generation Science Standards:

Elementary: 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1- 2, 3-5-ETS1-3, 4-PS3-2, 5-ESS2-1

Middle: MS-PS3-2, MS-PS4-2, MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-2

Principles of Ocean Literacy:

1) The Earth has one big ocean with many features 2) The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth 5) The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected


Tales Across the Atlantic

Grades: K-3rd

For centuries, the tradition of storytelling flourished in every culture in order to entertain, teach life lessons, and explain the workings of the world through origin folklore. Here in the United States, the stories we love today were influenced by the converging African, European, and Native American cultures. In this engaging and informative program, students will listen to stories from these three cultures and understand how these stories are similar, despite originating in different parts of the world. Students will become active participants in this storytelling tradition by using body percussion, musical shakers, and movement, and be introduced to instruments from around the world. At the end of the program, students will create their own visual story “film-strip” with a beginning, middle, and end.

Duration: 60 minutes

History (VDOE 2015): K.1c, e, i, j, K.2a, K.10a, d, e, g; 1.1f, g, i, j, 1.10b, d, e, 1.13c

2.1c, e-g, i, j, 2.11e, 3.1b-g,i, 3.11e, 3.13

English (VDOE 2017): K.1a, h, j, K.2a-d, K.4c, K.8a, e; 1.1a, k, 1.2a-d, 1.7b, 1.9f-h; 2.1a, 

2.1l, 2.2b-c, 2.6d, 2.7f-g; 3.1a, f, 3.4e, 3.5b,d, j, l

Music (VDOE 2020): K.1c, K.3b, K.6b, K.7, K.14c, K.15b, K.17b-c; 1.1b-c, 1.3b, 1.6a-b, 

1.14c, 1.17c, e; 2.1c, 2.6a, 2.7, 2.15c, 2.16, 2.17d; 3.6b, 3.7, 3.15c, 1.17c

Visual Arts (VDOE 2020): K.1, K.2, K.12; 1.1, 1.2, 1.12; 2.1, 2.2, 2.12, 3.1, 3.2, 3.12


The Tsunami and the Sword 

Grades: 4th – 6th

During the fateful autumn of 1867, a yellow-fever epidemic and four major natural disasters, including a tsunami, rocked the islands St. Croix and St. Thomas in the Caribbean Sea. A former Civil War warship, USS Monongahela, was stationed for a political mission just off the shores of St. Croix during this time. Aboard the ship was a Civil War naval cutlass that remarkably survived the disasters. Eventually, this special cutlass was donated to The Mariners’ Museum and Park Collection and we can tell its story today. In this program, students will discover the voice and story behind the sword through primary and secondary sources along with participating in an artifact investigation activity. At the end, students will connect the story of the sword to the science, history, art, covered in the program and create their own interpretation of the story including poetry, art, dance, or other unique ways to tell the story. 

Duration: 75 minutes

Science (VDOE 2018): 4.4 (a,b), 4.7, 5.2(a), 5.3, 5.8 (a,b,d)

English (VDOE 2017):

4.1, 4.9, 5.1, 5.9, 6.1, 6.9

Next Generation Science Standard:

4-ESS2-2, 5-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS3-2


What’s in My Water? A Scientific Investigation

Grades: 5th – 9th

What was once Waters Creek, a wetland and brackish tributary of the James River, is now The Mariners’ Lake, a man-made lake that makes up part of the 550 acres of The Mariners’ Museum and Park. The Mariners’ Lake watershed is a case study for using history and science to investigate human interactions and coastal change. During this MWEE-style hands-on program, students will learn about the history of the Park and The Mariners’ Lake. Working collaboratively inside and outside, they will practice scientific investigation skills to collect water quality data, document and report land cover around The Mariners’ Lake, and compare and contrast water flow over permeable and impermeable land cover.

Please note, this program is seasonal and is only offered between April 1st – October 15th.

Duration: 2 hours

Science (VDOE 2018):

Elementary: 5.1; 5.8d

Middle: 6.1; 6.6 (d,f); 6.8 (a,b,c,d); 6.9 (a,b,e); LS.1(a,b,c,d,e); LS.8(c); LS.9 (a,b,c)

High: ES.1; ES.8


Pricing

Education programs at the Museum are $4.50 per student. Payment can be made prior to the day of your visit or we can invoice following your program.

All adults accompanying a field trip are free.

 

Book a Program

Reservations are required for all programs and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly in the fall and spring, so try to make your reservations a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Educational programs offered by The Mariners’ Museum and Park align with Virginia Standards of Learning, National Standards of Learning, Common Core, and where applicable, Next Generation Science Standards and Principles of Ocean Literacy.

To Book a Program, or if you have questions please contact:

Education Department
(757) 591-7745
[email protected]

 

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