This year marks the 20th anniversary of the museum’s Discovery Boatbuilding Program! During the school year, two groups of seventh and eighth-grade students spend one day a week at the museum’s Boatshop developing an understanding of basic woodworking techniques, wood technology, and thinking in three dimensions, and eventually go through every process of building a 12-foot, flat-bottom skiff. The Discovery Boatbuilding Program is designed to put students in a working environment that emphasizes and develops each student’s personal growth, teamwork, leadership, responsibility, and problem solving.
Maine Maritime Museum was an early pioneer in utilizing boatbuilding as a vehicle to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), a concept that is now mirrored in numerous programs across the country. The Discovery Boatbuilding Program utilizes the museum’s rich maritime history and working Boatshop to teach an innovative and hands-on curriculum.
To celebrate this incredible milestone, a special exhibit, 20 Years of Discovery Boatbuilding, will feature photos, videos, and personal stories from alumni and staff. The exhibit will be on view June 4 to September 18.
For a closer look at the completed skiffs (which will be for sale in the coming weeks), join us at a launching ceremony! Launches will be held in Woolwich and South Bristol, and the public is welcome to attend.
June 13, 9 am, Nequasset Boat Launch, Woolwich
June 14, 10 am, Bittersweet Landing Boatyard, South Bristol