It's no secret that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education require significantly greater focus in today's world. One of the best ways to bring these concepts to a broader audience in a compelling way is to place them within the context of history.
The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is currently developing stand-alone and cross-curricular STEM programming that will be available to our educational partners and guests in 2017.
Under the guidance of high school student-mentors from our partners at STEMPunk, middle school students from throughout the region engaged in a multi-day, experiential learning program that allowed them to dive deep into the STEM concepts surrounding underwater robotics research and development. From theory to application, the participants worked collaboratively in teams to build and test their own ROV. The also received an on-the-water experience with Maritime Archeologists from the Wisconsin Historical Society to deploy the museum's professional ROV and explore actual wrecks in the proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary.