Virtual Program Offerings at the Mystic Seaport Museum!

The Mystic Seaport Museum is offering virtual programs to educators!

Programs are 45-60 minutes including Q&A, and can hold up to 100 participants per session.

Private sessions can be arranged for any time that works for teachers Tuesday-Friday.  Zoom is used (registration and password required to enhance security), but if needed, the program can be held in Google Hangout Meet.

A program costs $225, but given the situation the Museum can be flexible with cost if need be and are leaving it up to individual schools.

Interested teachers can email Mystic Seaport’s Director of Education, Sarah Cahill, at [email protected]


Astronomy/Planetarium Offerings

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 Explorers: Join 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!


Maritime primary source workshops

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 Whaling: This 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.

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