Visit Mystic Seaport without leaving your classroom!
Virtual Programming for Schools and Other Groups
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum is offering a variety of virtual programs.
- Schools and other groups can book a private live virtual program using Zoom.
- Programs are 45-60 minutes including Q&A, with a limit of 100 participants per session.
- Program cost is usually $225 but we can be flexible depending upon the need of each school or group.
- We can schedule a session anytime Tuesday-Friday that is available.
- To schedule a program email email@example.com or call 860.324.3989.
Scaling the Solar System
Some concepts in Astronomy are difficult to convey simply due to the vastness of outer space, or the fact that some objects in our universe are massively larger than Earth. However, small-scale models are a powerful way to overcome these hurdles. In this session, we will use a variety of models and methods to devise fun ways to express astronomical distances, and also to compare the different sizes of celestial bodies.
Phases of the Moon
Using hands-on activities and real-world math problems, students will learn about the phases of the moon and its relationship to Earth. We’ll talk about scale models, tides, eclipses, and much more.
Night Sky Update with the Treworgy Planetarium
Join us to explore the spring night sky! We will share information about the moon, visible planets, and the constellations that are visible this time of year – where they are and how to find them in the sky. By the end of our program, you’ll have everything you need for some backyard stargazing.
The Morgan’s Guiding Stars
Our Planetarium Supervisor will do a live virtual version of this program using software called Stellarium. The program explores what the night sky looked like to whalers aboard the whaling vessel the Charles W. Morgan, using excerpts from the vessel’s logbooks to display the night sky views at various times, dates, latitudes and longitude of the Morgan’s voyages.
Navigation through the Great Explorers
Join us to learn about navigation through the lens of famous explorers. We will examine the instruments and tools used by Columbus, Magellan, and other famous navigators. Ultimately, we will make a connection between technological improvements and safer, more precise movement around the globe. We will finish the program by using some common household supplies to build a simple navigation tool that you can try out yourself!
Zoo in the Sky
This program will unlock your child’s imagination to see animal shapes in the stars! After sharing a story about one of the animal constellations, we will “connect the dots” together as we tour the “zoo” in the sky. We will end with a short craft activity where we can turn your favorite animals into constellations.
Maritime Primary Source Workshops
Primary Source Investigations
This live program features a Museum Educator who will guide students through the analysis of primary source documents and artifacts to help develop historical thinking skills.
Sailors’ Sea Chest
In this virtual version of one of our most beloved school outreach programs, students will explore the items that a sailor would have packed for a long journey at sea. Your students will analyze each of the objects with a Museum Educator and learn about the adventures onboard 19th-century vessels.
From Corsets to Coopers: Primary Sources from 19th-Century Whaling
This program features artifacts and documents that illustrate the whaling industry, including historic video clips of the last remaining wooden whaling vessel in the world, the Charles W. Morgan.
Preparing For Your Virtual Program with Mystic Seaport
Computer Set Up
- Teacher or IT staff should project the Zoom session onto a large screen in front of students. If possible, please set up the computer with webcam (or just the webcam) in front of the students (but in a location without the projector shining directly into the webcam lens so we see more than just a white light in our studio!). This allows the Museum teacher in the virtual program to interact with the students and see their faces when they are sitting relatively close together.
- We have found that projecting the program on an iPad for the whole class to see and hear does not work well.
- It is important to test the sound at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the program.
Zoom Call Information
- You will first need to download the Zoom client: https://zoom.us/download
- At least two days before your program, our staff will send you a personalized link to a “Zoom Room.” When you click on the link, this should launch your Zoom client (if you have downloaded and installed it).
- Click on the link when you are ready to start the program. We will be in the Zoom Room about 15 minutes prior to the program.
- If you experience difficulties or delays, please call our Virtual Studios at 860.572.0711, ext. 4746. Our staff is on a very tight schedule and may not be able to accommodate programs later than the arranged time.
Not a teacher or group interested in booking a private program?
If you are an individual interested in our weekly public programming, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our email list for public programming, and visit stories.mysticseaport.org/ for even more digital content.