October 14, 2013
Living Classrooms’ annual Oyster Project through our Shipboard Program is officially underway! This morning students and our friends and partners at Oyster Recovery Partnership took 100 oyster bags, adding up to nearly 4000 pounds, out of the water! The students then loaded them onto our boats and embarked on a sail to Fort Carroll in order to relocate the oysters to their new home, while collecting data on spat mortality along the way. Upon arriving to Fort Carroll, students dumped the shells loaded with spat into the water and took all of the data collected aboard back to school to crunch the numbers. Once the info is organized and evaluated, the students will submit it to our program partners at Horn Point Labs. About our Shipboard STEM/Environmental Education Programs: Living Classrooms Foundation has provided unique hands-on, interdisciplinary and environmental education programs aboard historic ships and on land since 1985. These dynamic, “learning by doing” programs emphasize applied learning in math, science, social studies, language arts, and social skills. The programs serve students from a variety of backgrounds and economic means and range in length from one-day expeditions for school and youth groups to extended shipboard and land/sea programs. Participants see how academic skills are used in the real world. Leadership and teamwork are key objectives as students work together to raise and lower sails, trawl for marine life, perform scientific tests, and explore the commerce, history, natural resources, and ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay. Living Classrooms shipboard education programs serve thousands of students per year from throughout the region aboard the Foundation’s floating classrooms including schooner Lady Maryland, Chesapeake Buyboats Mildred Belle and Half Shell, and Skipjacks Sigsbee and Minnie V.