USS Hornet Hosts STEM-to-Sea-and-Sky

Free Open House and Training Event for Science Educators to Take Place on Feb. 28, 2015                                             

The USS Hornet Museum (Hornet) is partnering with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Office of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) to host STEM-to-Sea-and-Sky -  a special science teacher training event onboard the aircraft carrier on Saturday, February 28, from 12-4 pm. Instructors from the USNA and the Hornet will be demonstrating project-based learning and hands-on activities on topics such as electrochemistry, materials science, fluid mechanics, and more.

There is no cost for teachers to attend STEM-to-Sea-and-Sky and supplies will be provided. Advanced registration is required at [email protected] or by calling Heidi Schave, USS Hornet Museum’s Education Director at (510) 521-8448, ext. 224. The Hornet is located at 707 W. Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, in Alameda, CA. A registered state and national historic landmark, the Museum is home of the largest collection of Apollo space mission artifacts on the West Coast.

Tours of the spaces used for the Hornet’s STEM education programs to demonstrate and explain classroom STEM concepts will also be offered throughout the afternoon. Since 2011, the USS Hornet Museum’sSTEM-to-Stern programs have used the ship itself as a platform for teaching STEM. Spaces and equipment from the forecastle anchor chains to the engine room turbines, as well as the museum’s aircraft collection, illustrate STEM concepts in a historical setting. Volunteer and staff instructors share their knowledge of the workings of the ship to provide a context for science, as well as perspective on the evolution of technology.

For more information on STEM-to-Sea-and-Sky and other Hornet programs, please contact Heidi Schave at (510) 521-8448, ext. 224, or [email protected].

About the USNA: The USNA is a leading engineering institution preparing students for careers as technologists and military leaders. The STEM Office capitalizes on the USNA’s unique resources, particularly the educators and midshipmen engineers/scientists-in-training, in the development of its STEM outreach programs. The USNA Faculty bring their educational expertise and practical research and development experience to provide on- and off-site workshops to about 800 educators per year. These highly-successful programs focus on project-based learning in engineering design, robotics, chemistry, physics, applied math, computers, biology, and SeaPerch, as well as in advanced topics in many engineering fields.

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About the USS Hornet Museum: 
The USS Hornet Museum, a popular tourist destination in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages. Through field trips and live-aboard experiences, the USS Hornet, which opened as a museum in 1998, offers educational programs focusing on naval history, science, and space technology. A registered state and national historic landmark and home of the largest collection of Apollo space mission artifacts on the West Coast, the ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda, CA.  Regular museum admission is $10 for youths age 7-17 (age 6 and under are free with paying adult); $15 for students with ID, seniors, and military with ID; and $20 for adults. Admission is free for Museum members. Ample free parking is available across from the pier. The USS Hornet is also a unique, unforgettable venue available for corporate events; trade shows and expos; private parties and big band dances; and TV and film productions. For more information, including group tours and event planning, visit:  www.uss-hornet.org or call (510) 521-8448.