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Age of Exploration

This popular program takes students on an imaginative journey through time. They will explore an era when cartographers were still mapping the world and mariners were discovering new landmasses, thus fueling the desire for knowledge and riches. Museum teachers will lead discussions about the economic and cultural life of the Old World, present spices for hands-on examination, and discuss the importance of these spices to those cultures. Other factors that accelerated the interest in exploration are also examined. Third grade and above will see navigational instruments spanning the period from ancient times to the golden age of sail.

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Chesapeake Bay: An Estuary in Crisis

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. Its watershed encompasses 64,000 square miles, is home to 17,000,000 people, and includes all or portions of six states. The Bay is also home to approximately 3,600 plants and animals and serves as an economic and recreation resource for humans. But the Bay is suffering. During this program, students will examine the resources of the Chesapeake Bay, from the years before early European settlement to today. By exploring the changes in the Bay over time, students will discover the factors that have contributed to its decline. The program concludes with a discussion of the changes students can make in their daily lives to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, or any other watershed in which they may live.

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Clash of Armor

The development of ironclad ships during the American Civil War was a technological advance that would forever change the face of naval warfare. Using artifacts from the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, museum teachers will introduce students to the development of ironclad ships and history?s first ironclad-to-ironclad combat. Students will also be introduced to the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and discover how the wreck site is being excavated and artifacts are being recovered and conserved here at The Mariners' Museum.

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Hurricanes: Predicting Disaster

Hurricanes are one of the most powerful forces on Earth. During this program, students learn about the characteristics of hurricanes, what causes strengthening or weakening, other natural forces affecting hurricane behavior, and the impact these storms have at sea and on the land. At the conclusion of the program, a storm tracking exercise reinforces learned concepts as students plot a storm as it crosses the Atlantic and approaches land.

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The Great Exchange

Imagine a world without vanilla ice cream, tomato sauce for pizza and pastas, or even chocolate! Sadly, this is the world Europeans endured before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Join The Mariners Museum as we retrace Columbus historic voyage and examine the impact the Great Exchange of plants, animals, and diseases had on the Old and New World.

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