Visit Mystic Seaport without leaving your classroom!
The programs below use straightforward video conferencing technology and state-of-the-art equipment in our production studio at Mystic Seaport Museum.
Virtual Roleplayer Program
Transport your students into the past from the comfort of your own classroom! In this program, students will meet one of our three role-players who specialize in bringing their 1876 characters to life via our digital classroom platform, Zoom. Several themed programs are available including immigration, whaling, and life ashore.
Cabinet of Curiosities Virtual Program
Insects used to create the color red? A toothed rostrum from a strange sea creature? An outlandish ceremony at sea where King Neptune himself makes an appearance!? Learn about all of these unusual things and more in this trip into the Museum’s “Cabinet of Curiosities.” Students will learn how to analyze unique primary sources that most people never get to see.
Scrimshaw – the Sailor’s Art: Hands-On Program
Encourage your students to get their hands dirty in this virtual art class! Learn about the unique sailor’s art of scrimshaw in this interactive program. A Museum Educator will showcase scrimshaw from our collection, and then students will be able to create their own piece of scrimshaw right in the classroom. Materials provided in advance by Mystic Seaport.
History Detectives: Primary Source Inquiry
For those who would like to do one of our primary source workshops but can’t make it to the Museum, this year we are offering a new virtual primary source workshop! Broadcast live from our Museum Studios into your classroom, a Museum Educator will guide students through the analysis of primary source documents and artifacts to help develop their historical thinking skills. Themes include Whaling and Life in A Seaport Town.
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.
Sailor’s 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.
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.