Science


Lesson Plans

Conduct an experiment making aluminum foil boats. (Grades 5-8, 9-12)
Read more about immigration and disease and create interactive historical images. (Grades 5-8, 9-12)
refrigeration on ships
Read about refrigeration on ships and try this experiment. (Grades K-5, 5-8, 9-12)
Try this solution chemistry lab practical based on a boiler operator handbook. (Grades 9-12)

Other Topics to Explore

Learn more about a ship’s navigation equipment.
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Learn about the physics of sailing.
Learn about the effects of weather.

Secondary Sources

Click here to download the pdf of John Favill’s Primer of Celestial Navigation, “Sextant” (New York: Cornell Maritime Press, 1943).

Click here to download the pdf of John Favill’s Primer of Celestial Navigation, “Compass” (New York: Cornell Maritime Press, 1943).

Click here to download the pdf of R. A. Fletcher, Steamships and Their Story, “Primitive Experiments in Propulsion – Some Early Experiments with Steam” (J. B. Lippincott, 1910).


Additional Resources for Science

Interactive learning tool on Wind and Ocean Currents.

Smithsonian Museum of American History’s online exhibit, Dangerous Waters, Injury and Sickness at Sea.

Watch the videos below and learn about ocean currents from Bill Nye, ocean and climate from NASA, and the physics of sailing.