Homeschool Programs

The Mariners’ Museum provides homeschooler students with the opportunity to delve into maritime history and science and to recognize the sea’s impact on their world and on their individual lives.

Pre-registration is required for all homeschool programs. The Mariners’ Museum reserves the right to cancel or change scheduled programs.


Maritime Maker Movement Homeschool Day

Friday, October 23, 2015

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

The Maker Movement has washed ashore at The Mariners’ Museum! Join us for classes filled with hands-on activities solving real maritime problems. Discover what it takes to build a hurricane-proof house (and test your ideas), save your town from an impending tsunami, design a boat for life at sea, build and test drive an underwater robot, and much more!

Grades and Classes:

Pre-K – 2nd

Did you know that some myths are based on real creatures! Have you ever heard of the Kraken? Students will explore famous mythological creatures using historic maps, stories, movies, and folklore. After learning about these creatures, we’ll work collaboratively to make our own giant sea monster with different materials and art supplies!

Humans have only explored about 5% of the planet’s oceans. Come find out what it takes to become an ocean explorer as we learn about the special challenges ocean scientists face, the underwater equipment they use, and the creatures that live in the deep.

3rd – 5th

Early man used primitive boats to explore beyond the shore. Since then, rafts have become boats, and boats have become ships with more elaborate construction designs and materials. During this session, students will learn about boat design, hull types and how they are powered. At the conclusion of this program, students will have an opportunity to design their own boat from various supplied materials.

Tsunamis don’t happen often, but when they do, their impact can be devastating. Learn about the many ways a tsunami can be created, how to detect them, and the destruction they can cause. We’ll conclude the program by engineering a seawall to prevent your “town” from sustaining tsunami wave damage.

6th – 12th

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive an underwater robot? Come design your own Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and compete in a series of challenging underwater tasks.

*Space is limited. We recommend that you pre-register for the homeschool day. In doing so, you will receive a confirmation email that will ask for additional information to be sent to The Education Department. This will allow us to offer more than one session of this program if needed.

Hurricanes are one of the most powerful forces on earth. During this program, students learn about the characteristics of hurricanes, what causes strengthening or weakening, other natural forces affecting hurricane behavior, and the impact these storms have at sea and on the land. At the conclusion of the program, students will build a hurricane-proof house that can sustain 75 mile-per-hour winds.

*Times subject to change or additional times may be added.


  Early Registration Standard Registration
  Through September 30 October 1 through event date
Member, Student $12 $17
Member, Adult $10 $15
Student $15 $20
Adult $12 $17
Child 3 and Under FREE FREE


Click here to register online

To receive the early registration discount, please enter the number of adults and students on the first registration page and click “Continue.” Your early registration discount will be reflected on the next page. You will have the opportunity to review your order before payment is required.

Note: Prices include crafts, activities, classes, and Museum admission. Children 3 and under get free Museum admission and may participate in activities with their older siblings at no additional fee.


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For questions regarding Homeschool Programs please contact:

Education Department
(757) 591-7745