SSHSA’s education program and interactive website is made possible by funding from the National Park Service’s National Maritime Heritage Grant and the Heritage Harbor Foundation.
The site shares some of the organization's vast archives with a worldwide audience and give students the chance to work with primary sources related to the country's transition from sail to steam in the early 19th century. In addition to archival content, the site includes full lesson plans for teachers who are interested in participating.
"We've been working for several years now to create a resource to educate students about this critical period in American history while promoting the subjects of science, technology, engineering, arts and math," Executive Director Matthew Schulte said. "We're excited that lesson plans are already in use in New England schools and that this interactive experience is on a student-friendly platform."
The innovative website focuses on a period beginning in 1807 when the first commercially viable American steam engines were successfully powering ships. This began the transition from sail to steam power, and transformed shipping, commerce and travel across America. This had a wide-ranging effect on many aspects of the country, including immigration, trade and leisure.
"STEAMing Into the Future contains a wealth of educational resources for any educator," said Darshell Silva, a librarian and technology integration specialist. "Whether you are looking for lesson plans, blended learning resources, primary sources, or maker resources you will find something to engage your students. Pairing the site information with a visit to the Ship History Center will provide an educational experience that your students will talk about for years to come."Learn