February Vacation Week at Maritime Gloucester
2nd – 5th Grade, weekdays 1:00-3:00$20 per session for Non-Members, $15 for Members, all are drop-off programsAll programs are run on-site in our classroom, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MATo register, click the sessions below or call 978-281-0470
Monday, February 17: Recycled Boats
We’ve all heard of a ship in a bottle, but what about a ship made from a bottle? Students will build their own boats using recyclable materials. What makes a better boat, a water bottle pontoon boat or a juice carton skiff? As we discuss the importance of recycling, we’ll learn about real boats that have been built from recycled materials.
Tuesday, February 18: Scrimshaw and Whale Tails
Did you know that humpback whales are named after patterns on their tails? We’ll look at whale bones and learn about whale and dolphin species found in New England and beyond. Students will also learn about sperm whales and scrimshaw by handling real whale teeth and creating their own scrimshawed candles to take home.
Wednesday, February 19: Recycled Sea Creatures
Can you transform a water bottle into a fish, or a plastic plate into a sea turtle? Using a variety of recyclable materials, students will create their own sea creature sculptures to take home. We’ll look at a vast collection shells, bones, and exoskeletons for inspiration and discuss sea creature adaptations. As we talk about the importance of recycling, we’ll look at pictures of sea creature art made from recycled materials, such as marine debris and water bottles.
Thursday, February 20: Ice and Snow Science
Does this time of year have you thinking of ice and snow? Students will learn all about ice through a variety of icy experiments, challenges, and projects. After looking at how salt affects ice, students will create saltwater paintings to take home. We’ll also learn about how arctic and Antarctic sea creatures have adapted to survive at extreme temperatures.
Friday, February 21: Rube Goldberg Machines
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg was known for drawing complex yet impractical machines, involving multiple steps to accomplish simple tasks. After looking at Goldberg’s humorous comics for inspiration, students will engineer a Rube Goldberg machine. Using marbles, Lego bricks, wooden blocks, dominoes, and much more, we’ll build and test intricate machines as we learn about energy, momentum, and engineering.