Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum takes part in Maryland STEM Festival

. October 25, 2016

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is collaborating with the Talbot County Free Library in Easton, Md. to educate families and children of all ages on science, technology, engineering, and math as part of the statewide November 4-13 Maryland STEM Festival. CBMM will be educating children and families on STEM topics through several different events focusing on Chesapeake Bay history and boatbuilding. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host a STEM Storytime at the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host a STEM Storytime at the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse

The 10-day festival begins locally with a kickoff event on Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton, Md. CBMM Shipwright Educator Matt Engel will share hands-on experience of historic Chesapeake Bay dugout canoe carving. Engel will also provide more information on CBMM’s Rising Tide after-school boatbuilding program for Talbot students.

On Monday, November 7 beginning at 6:00 p.m., CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman will present his talk, “Old Technologies, New Technologies – A Stewardship Strategy” on the various technologies being used in the 2016-2018 log-hull restoration of the 1889 nine-log bugeye Edna Lockwood. Gorman will speak at the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be the host site for a STEM Storytime at the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse as its final demonstration on Wednesday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. Available to children ages 7 and under with accompanying adults, participants will explore CBMM’s Hooper Strait Lighthouse through related stories, crafts, and technology alongside CBMM’s School & Family Programs Manager Jill Ferris, and Youth Services Librarian Diana Hastings of the St. Michaels branch of the TCFL. Pre-registration is required with limited space available. For more information, please call the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library at 410-745-5877.

“We are very much looking forward to sharing our knowledge and experiences of the Chesapeake Bay to the eager students, children, and families of Talbot County,” says CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Our Rising Tide program brings the STEM curriculum into our boatyard, with participants learning about Chesapeake boatbuilding and history while applying these skills in a very meaningful way.”

Through ten days of collaborative, interactive, and dynamic events and activities throughout the state, the Maryland STEM Festival provides inspirational, educational, and accessible programming in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) throughout Maryland. The Festival provides STEM opportunities to all of Maryland without requiring them to travel significant distances.

Other local STEM demonstrations will be offered by Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Maryland Science Center, Chesapeake College, Easton Utilities, and Easton Airport. For more information, visit www.marylandstemfestival.org.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving nearly 70,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. From now through 2018, museum guests can see the log-hull restoration of the 1889 log-hull bugeye, Edna Lockwood, with more information at www.ednalockwood.org. For more information about CBMM, visit www.cbmm.org

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