Our strong partnership with Lowcountry Maritime Society provides our students with hands-on, minds-on learning with a strong focus on math and science that cannot be duplicated in the traditional classroom. I have seen first hand how LMS fosters a greater sense of appreciation for STEM concepts and provides our students with exposure to these important 21st century job skills. 

Jason Sakran
Director for Expanded Learning
Charleston County School District
Lowcountry Maritime Society’s volunteers have a true passion for teaching and developing CCSD students.  Their volunteers are handpicked college honors students who teach design, engineering, and hands-on boat building.  They are often able to provide a 2:1 instructor to student ratio to ensure the maximum safety coverage when teaching the use of power tools to 3rd-5th grade elementary school students.  Children not only learn STEM related skills, they also learn safety practices, situational awareness, and watercraft skills that will help them throughout their entire lives.  I’ve seen time and again the bolstered confidence that our children gain from exposure to the outstanding program provided by Lowcountry Maritime Society.
Wallace Bonds
Operations Officer at Department of Expanded Learning, Charleston County School District
Porter-Gaud is lucky and grateful to offer the Boat Construction program on campus.  It provides an opportunity for character growth and development unlike any other program we offer.  The students acquire a unique blend of STEAM related education, perseverance and enjoyment from construction to launch.
Corey Colman
 Director of Auxiliary Programs Porter-Gaud


As a first year teacher teaching in a Title 1 school on the east side of Charleston, I have found that one of the biggest struggles has been finding a useful piece of background knowledge among my students. My students have seen and experienced some of the worst life has to offer; I have students that watched their family members get shot or that have to care for their baby siblings after school. These kids have life experiences much different than my own and much different from each other, which has made relating to each other and the world very difficult. This changed when they were introduced to “the boat guys” from the Lowcountry Maritime Society.

Since being introduced to the Maritime Society, my students all have a common bond and experience to pull from. They are building boats and doing hands on activities that are building their academic skills, but also building their relationships as well. We relate most everything we do to what they are working on with Mr. Brower, due to the cross-curricular nature of their maritime educational experience.

As a class, we have talked about fractions in math with measurement and how important fractions are to building their boat. Boating has also been a large topic of conversation in math with our standards involving coordinates and locations on the coordinate plane. We have been talking about boats constantly in our study of buoyancy and density in science, and recently, we also traveled to the U.S.S Yorktown and my students were incredibly proud to already know the parts of the ship when the guide asked. They take pride in the skills they have acquired during their time with the Maritime Society.

This program has benefitted my students in more ways than I can accurately express. They are learning so much in those couple hours after school, and it is making it easier for them to learn during the school day due to their common knowledge and being able to relate the academic and real world. They are able to make connections in nearly every subject we tackle. Most importantly, they are unified and excited about the new facts and skills they are learning. My class, which is a very difficult and not so well behaved group of fifth graders, actually cheers when they realize it is boat day, which is saying a lot. I am very grateful for the efforts and teaching of Mr. Brower and the Lowcountry Maritime Society and I know my students are as well.

Mary K. Preston

5th Grade Teacher at Sanders-Clyde Elementary