Scottish Maritime Museum launches new online learning programme

Workshops linked to STEM subjects will be offered to local primary schools
Jonathan Knott
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A school visit to the Scottish Maritime Museum last year
A school visit to the Scottish Maritime Museum last year Scottish Maritime Museum

The Scottish Maritime Museum is offering free places to local primary schools on its new online learning programme.

The Ship to Shore programme includes two live links via online platforms with the museum’s education team as well as digital resources.

Activities for younger children will include workshops looking at the principles behind designing a ship and exploring the historical importance of puffers - traditional cargo steam boats - to island communities.

Older children will be able to investigate issues such as Morse code and lifesaving at sea in an activity based on the Titanic, and learn about buoyancy through Archimedes’ “Eureka moment”.

The live activities will include “unboxing” objects from the museum’s national maritime heritage collection. All the workshops will also include an activity linked to the museum’s new national art collection.

The museum is on the Harbourside in Irvine, Ayrshire. Free places will be available to 16 schools, and include an allowance for additional materials such as photocopying. They are being offered on a first come, first served basis to primary schools in the local authority areas of Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire.

Claire Munro, the museum’s learning and access officer, said: “We’re thrilled to launch our new Ship to Shore online learning workshops.

“We have a well-established education programme here at the museum so it has been a natural and exciting step for us to translate some of our most popular workshops into a live learning experience for schools and support them as they look for new ways to educate during these challenging times.

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“With our new online programme, pupils of all ages can get curious, creative and inspired by our nationally recognised collection of maritime heritage and engineering which is so well suited to STEM learning.

“As we’re living in such an uncertain world at the moment, our workshops are also designed to be flexible. They can be delivered to pupils in class or at home if blended learning is introduced, for example.”

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