Scottish Maritime Museum

Scottish Maritime Museum launches free online education programme for schoolchildren

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A new cross-curricular online education programme from the Scottish Maritime Museum will be made available free of charge to primary schools on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Ship to Shore Online Learning Workshops, which centre on the Scottish Maritime Museum’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) specialism, will be available until February 2021.

The institution, which is based at sites in Irvine and in Dumbarton, is offering a limited number of funded places to primary schools in the local authority areas of Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire.

“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,” says Claire Munro, learning and access officer at the Scottish Maritime Museum.

“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.”

The offering comprises two live links between the Museum’s education team and a school – one of which includes an ‘unboxing’ of artefacts from the Museum’s national maritime heritage collection – in addition to a digital resource pack containing supporting information, activities and challenges.