In-school standards-based programming is at the core of the Lowcountry Maritime Society’s mission to connect the local community with our marine environment and maritime culture. These programs combine valuable experiential learning opportunities with applied mathematics skills.
In LMS programs, students are guided through the process of learning how to read scaled plans and transform those plans into a wooden boat they build themselves. Throughout the semester students are taught about local maritime history and seamanship skills.
Some of the skills students will learn are demonstrated in the instructional videos below.
Our country as a whole is suffering a deficit in education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Math is the weakest of these necessary skills.
In addition to the need of improving of math skills, many of our region’s children lack access to the most quintessential part of our area, our water. In a region that is defined by the water, it is important that we educate our youth about the significance of our marine environment and our our maritime heritage. Learning to build a wooden boat is a skill that serves as an introduction to our maritime culture or industry.
By making a connection between math and boatbuilding we hope encourage our youth towards higher education and to preserve our maritime heritage in the process.
LMS was able to quickly launch educational programs into Charleston area schools using the Building to teach curriculum. LMS is currently using its own curriculum developed in partnership with Benefit focus. While we draw heavily on the methods of building to teach we have made some changes and supplemented their material to better fit our style of teaching.
This multi-dimensional class successfully develops the student’s STEM skills and performance while fostering that relationship with what connects us all, the water.
Sanders Clyde Elementary | Middle School
In 2014 and 2015 LMS offered boat building classes at Sanders Clyde Elementary/Middle School. The students in these STEM classes worked with LMS and volunteers to take ownership of new math skills and cultural understanding. These 5th and 6th grade students spent one semester working collaboratively to build boats and relate regional historical facts with their own lives and experiences today!
Simmons Pinckney Middle School
In 2015 LMS offered boat building classes at Simmons Pinckney Middle School. The students in these STEM classes built 4 boats and worked on building their math skills.
Meeting Street Academy
Lowcountry Maritime Society got started in 2014 working with the 5th grade class at Meeting Street Academy. In a series of Saturday events that spanned the Spring semester, students were led through a series of maritime lessons and activities. LMS guided students through the construction of two wooden boats as well as teaching about maritime history, knot tying, simple machines, tool orientation, and water quality. The Spring Saturday series finale showcased the launching of the Meeting Street Academy boats with the boats that were built by Sanders Clyde 5th and 6th grade students.