A Peek Into the Museum's Education Department
For the past few years, the Museum's Education Department has been gathering a collection of objects, specifically to use for programs with school students. The collection is mostly comprised of deaccessioned objects from our main collection and reproduction objects. These objects are used in a variety of programs, including primary source workshops like the Curator's Challenge.
In the Curator's Challenge workshop, students work in teams to design an exhibit. Prior to the program, our Museum Teachers carefully select and place objects on tables in the Howell Classroom. When the students arrive, they work in small teams to do the following:
-study the objects at their table,-decide if the objects are connected in any way,-write exhibit labels for the objects on the Curator's Challenge worksheet,-name the exhibit (creativity encouraged!).
At the end of the program, each team reports out to their classmates, sharing their exhibit and objects. This activity paired with the education collection gives students hands-on experience with analyzing artifacts, documents, photographs and other types of resources.
We continue to add to the education collection every year. Just this month, we've acquired several fascinating new objects including swordfish and sawfish bills!
If you are interested in booking a primary source workshop in the Museum's Howell Classroom or in YOUR classroom (yes, this program travels!), please contact Rebecca Shea to make a reservation: 860.572.5322 ext. 1 (weekdays between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mystic Seaport is currently looking for creative, enthusiastic, and dedicated teachers to participate in the Mystic Seaport for Educators (MSE) website research and content creation program.
MSE is a collaborative website, created by educators and featuring hundreds of primary sources from the Museum’s world-class collection. Maritime-focused artifacts, documents, maps, lectures, scholar interviews, and lesson plans come to life on the website and serve as easy to access tools for any teacher’s classroom.
The MSE Summer Fellowship program focuses on the research and development of features for the website. Educators selected for the program spend time in training, and working with Museum staff to explore the collections and write content for the website. Completed projects are then transformed into website features by Museum staff, the following school year.
Check out this short video about the program. Application found here. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Mystic Seaport Museum is currently accepting applications for a Teacher Fellow position to create online materials for students and teachers, for our upcoming exhibit, Sailor Creators and the Sea as Studio. The materials will be featured on the Mystic Seaport for Educators Website.
The ideal candidate will have a background in interdisciplinary learning and an interest in history and material culture. The project would begin in January 2020 and would involve working with the exhibit’s curator as well as other Museum staff in exhibits, collections, and education. The project will involve the creation of materials in an online resource set, including artifact articles, videos, maps, and lesson plans. The fellow contributions should be completed by the end of April, to prepare online materials before the exhibit opens in June of 2020. The fellow will also participate in leading a teacher professional development program in the exhibit. There is a $1,000 stipend for the completed project.
Summary of Exhibit
Sailors have created art on long voyages for centuries. Sailor-made art exploded in the 1800s, as more merchant vessels plied the world’s oceans, whaling voyages took men away from home for years at a time, and naval crews responded to conditions on ships in war and peace. In the harsh working environment of the sea, self-taught sailor artists used the materials on hand to create decorative and utilitarian objects to express themselves, stave off boredom, and engage with the wider world.
This exhibit will explore the reasons why sailors made art at sea, and will emphasize the skill, creativity, and intentionality involved in the creation of these objects. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will be introduced to the ways that the working world of the ship and the social environment of shore inspired the art that sailors made. They will be encouraged to think about the common human impulse to create.
How to Apply
Candidates must currently be employed as a teacher in a K-12 classroom. Preference will be given to teachers who have not been involved in any other content creation programs at the Museum.
To apply, please fill out this Google Form and attach you resume: https://forms.gle/Yh29ce3ttUVVLwcSA
Applications will be accepted through December 20, 2019.
If you have difficulty completing the application form and uploading your resume, please contact Krystal Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public programming is being offered as part of Mystic Seaport Museum's efforts to share quality educational content during this time of social distancing. Click here to see our current offerings. If you like what you see and would like to book a private program for your school, class, library, or senior center, please browse our offerings below and contact email@example.com. The usual cost for virtual programs for schools and other facilities is $225, but given the situation we are flexible according to a school’s need.
Virtual Programming from the Treworgy Planetarium
Scaling the Solar System Some concepts in Astronomy are difficult to convey simply due to the vastness of outer space, or the fact that some objects in our universe are massively larger than Earth. However, small-scale models are a powerful way to overcome these hurdles. In this session, we will use a variety of models and methods to devise fun ways to express astronomical distances, and also to compare the different sizes of celestial bodies.
Phases of the Moon Using hands-on activities and real-world math problems, students will learn about the phases of the moon and its relationship to Earth. We'll talk about scale models, tides, eclipses, and much more.
Night Sky Update with the Treworgy Planetarium Join us to explore the spring night sky! We will share information about the moon, visible planets, and the constellations that are visible this time of year - where they are and how to find them in the sky. By the end of our program, you'll have everything you need for some backyard stargazing.
Zoo in the Sky This program will unlock your child's imagination to see animal shapes in the stars! After sharing a story about one of the animal constellations, we will "connect the dots" together as we tour the "zoo" in the sky. We will end with a short craft activity where we can turn your favorite animals into constellations.
The Morgan’s Guiding Stars Our Planetarium Supervisor will do a live virtual version of this program using software called Stellarium. The program explores what the night sky looked like to whalers aboard the whaling vessel the Charles W. Morgan, using excerpts from the vessel’s logbooks to display the night sky views at various times, dates, latitudes and longitude of the Morgan’s voyages.
Navigation through the Great ExplorersJoin us to learn about navigation through the lens of famous explorers. We will examine the instruments and tools used by Columbus, Magellan, and other famous navigators. Ultimately, we will make a connection between technological improvements and safer, more precise movement around the globe. We will finish the program by using some common household supplies to build a simple navigation tool that you can try out yourself!
Primary-Source/Maritime History Based Programming
Primary Source Investigations This live program features a Museum Educator who will guide students through the analysis of primary source documents and artifacts to help develop historical thinking skills.
Sailors' Sea Chest In this virtual version of one of our most beloved school outreach programs, students will explore the items that a sailor would have packed for a long journey at sea. Your students will analyze each of the objects with a Museum Educator and learn about the adventures onboard 19th-century vessels.
From Corsets to Coopers: Primary Sources from 19th-Century WhalingThis program features artifacts and documents that illustrate the whaling industry, including historic video clips of the last remaining wooden whaling vessel in the world, the Charles W. Morgan.
Conversations in 1876: Mr. William Henry Palmer, Naturalist
What is a Naturalist? In Mr. William Henry Palmer's time of 1876, a naturalist was a scientist and a philosopher; interested and involved in understanding the natural laws of the world and how they interact with its many denizens. But how DOES one go about discovering these relationships and what happens if a finding isn't exactly correct? In this program, Mr. Palmer invites you to join him as he explores the paradoxical fluidity of science and history over a wide range of time in the never-ending search for "Truth."