Pay no attention to that turret behind the curtain…..or, door!

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Today marks the beginning of the USS Monitor Center’s  two-week turret survey! The largest tank in  the Batten Conservation Complex is now drained and will stay that way until August 6th.

While the conservation staff is giving the turret some TLC, visitors are welcome to tour and explore all the facets the USS Monitor Center has to offer and to take a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Wet and Dry Labs.

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“…gone to a brighter world, where storms do not come.”

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-Grenville Weeks, “Late Surgeon, U.S. Str ‘Monitor’ “

          Letter to Nicklis family. January 11, 1863

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STEM Initiatives and Community Outreach

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If you haven’t heard some of the acronym buzzwords used in education these days, you should become familiar with STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Did you know that STEM principles are part of the everyday activities here in the lab and are applicable to the conservation of USS Monitor artifacts? Well now you do! Students from Virginia Beach learned last week how it all works.

On September 23, I participated in a really great program at Capitol Landing Middle School in Virginia Beach that was organized to be a kick-off event for the development of a pilot STEM-based curriculum. The student-focused STEM Career Conference was organized by Virginia Beach City Schools, the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, our partners!), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

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