Let your students experience the joy of discovery through science, technology, engineering, and math at the Independence Seaport Museum! The Seaport Museum has the unique ability to provide a hands-on learning environment combining maritime history and STEM topics thanks to our Penn’s Landing location right on the Delaware River. Our lessons are the perfect way for your students to get out of the classroom and become immersed in a great learning experience they will never forget!
Sound Under the Sea (Grades 3 - 6)
If a whale falls underwater and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? We’re going to discover how sound is used by both marine life and humans at sea, the technology of acoustic equipment, and how it has evolved. Students will also participate in an experiment that will demonstrate how sound behaves differently underwater versus in the air. Following the lesson will be a discussion on the current concerns surrounding sound at sea and how it can negatively affect marine life, including what is being done to reduce the impact.
NJCCCS: Science 5.1A, 5.1C, 5.2A, 5.2B, 5.2D; Technology 8.2B, 8.2D; 21st Century Life & Careers 9.1F; Language Arts 3.4
PACCS: Science Technology & Engineering 3.1A, 3.1C, 3.2A, 3.2B, 3.3A, 3.4B, 3.4E; Environment & Ecology 4.1, 4.5; Speaking & Listening 1.6; Geography 7.4B
Maritime Forensics (Grades 6 - 8)
Using clues and scientific data, your students will become real-life CSI detectives as they solve a mysterious death aboard our 1892 steel warship Olympia. In collaboration with the Association for Women in Forensic Science, the program combines biology, chemistry and history into one exiting lesson your students will never forget!
NJCCCS: Science 5.1; Technology 8.1C, 8.1F; Social Studies 6.1; Health 2.1C, 2.1D
PACCS: Science Technology & Engineering 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8; Health10.1E; History 8.3B
What Floats Your Boat, Archimedes? (Grades 6 - 8)
A spin-off of our “What Floats Your Boat? Literally.” program, we will examine the scientific principals of buoyancy and density with some hands-on activities, including a take-home activity for your students. Students will also use basic equations to calculate the density of objects in order to predict their buoyancy in water; paper, pencils, and calculators are required.
NJCCCS: Science 5.1, 5.2E; Math 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5; Language Arts 3.4; Technology 8.1B, 8.1C, 8.1F, 8.2B; Social Studies 6.2
PACCS: Science Technology & Engineering 3.2B, 3.4B, 3.4C, 3.4E; Math 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.9; Speaking & Listening 1.6; World History 8.4A
Ecological Stowaways (Grades 6 - 8)
Cargo ships travel around the world, but so do secret passengers hidden inside. Discover how organisms can be accidentally transported from one port to the next, how this can negatively impact the plants and animals already living there, and what is being done to stop it. Students will participate in an activity to demonstrate how invasive species can really mess things up.
NJCCCS: Science 5.1A, 5.1C, 5.3B, 5.3C, 5.3E; Technology 8.2A; Social Studies 6.2B; 21st Century Life & Careers 9.1F; Visual & Performing Arts 1.3C
PACCS: Science Technology & Engineering 3.1A, 3.1B, 3.1C, 3.3A, 3.4B, 3.4E; Environment & Ecology 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5; Geography 7.4B; Arts & Humanities 9.1B
Ecology of the Delaware (Grades 9 - 12)
Conduct hands-on water quality experiments to gauge the health of our most precious natural resource, and learn why protecting it is so important. Students will learn about environmental science and marine biology concepts first-hand by using real water testing equipment in the Delaware River, and will then be able to relate their findings to how aquatic life may be affected.
NJCCCS: Science 5.1, 5.3B, 5.3C, 5.3E, 5.4F; Technology 8.1E, 8.1F, 8.2A, 8.2C; 21st Century Life & Careers 9.1A, 9.1C, 9.1F, 9.3B, 9.4A; Math 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5; Language Arts 3.4
PACCS: Science Technology & Engineering 3.1A, 3.3A, 3.4B; Math 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6; Environment & Ecology 4.1, 4.2, 4.5C; Speaking & Listening 1.6
Explosions! When Good Ships Go Bad (Grades 9 - 12)
We explore the effects of pressure, containment, and ignition that have lead to some of the worst disasters at sea. We will also be doing an experiment with an explosive ending!
NJCCCS: Science 5.1, 5.2; Social Studies 6.1; Technology 8.2C
PACCS: Science Technology & Engineering 3.2A, 3.2B, 3.3A, 3.4B, 3.4E; US History 8.3C
The SeaPerch program at the Seaport Museum presents an engaging platform for developing student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical fields.
The SAILOR program, an education program based on a hands-on approach to boat building is an acronym for Science and Arts Innovative Learning On the River. Through building harbormaster skiffs, SAILOR students learn core STEAM (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) concepts. As a result, the SAILOR program encompasses multiple subject areas and engages a wider range of student learning including visual, kinesthetic, auditory, verbal and mathematic by providing a
non-traditional classroom setting that allows students to participate in a boat’s construction process.