Classes & Workshops for Kids and Teens

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Things to Remember

The following classes and workshops are offered for kids and teens. Please check the details for each class. Some classes have a student minimum and the most updated list of available classes is on our event calendar.
Members receive a 20% discount on all classes.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the museum at 508-775-1723 or info@capecodmaritimemuseum.org .

Birthday Parties

CCMM offers birthday parties for children. Children and parents will receive a personal tour of the museum, including the Cook Boat Shop and Boat Shed. Once the tour is completed, the children will then complete maritime activities and take their project home. Food and beverage can be brought to the party to celebrate the birthday. For more details contact the museum at 508-775-1723 or e-mail at info@capecodmaritimemuseum.org .

Seasonal Offerings

Bevins skiff

Build a Bevins Skiff

A Youth Boat Building Program designed to teach hands-on math skills.
As a team, students will build one 12’ traditional wooden rowing skiff from a kit, then learn how to build one full kit from scratch.

Instructor: Bob Lister
Class Size and Ages:
Limited to students Grades 6-8.
Course Length: 8-week course
Dates: Call for details
Cost: $150 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

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Dead ahead with dead reckoning!

Chart your own course, and sail it!
Students will work in a team to plot a vessel’s course using the oldest method of navigation—dead reckoning. Educators at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum will present basic skills for marine navigation, including reading a compass, estimating vessel position and movement using mathematical equations and geometry, reading a chart’s latitude and longitude, Dead Reckoningand plotting a course. Students will evaluate and incorporate weather and oceanographic patterns into their course and pilot a course out of Hyannis Harbor aboard the Museum’s catboat Sarah.

Class Size and Ages: Limited to 6 students; Grades 6-8
Course Length: 8-12 noon (4 hours)
Dates: Tuesdays from 8-12 noon - Call for details
Cost: $60.00 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Safe Boating and Sailing Mini-Camp On Board Catboat Sarah

Catboat Sarah

Learn to sail as well as get a taste of history on our museum built catboat Sarah. This unique boating safety course will give kids 12 to 15 years of age hands on experience on the water.
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Class Size and Ages: Limited to 6 students; ages 12 - 15yrs
Course Length: 9am to 12 noon (3 hours)
Dates:
(1) week Sarah Sailing camps - Call for details
Cost: $150 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Educational Programs (STEM gains STEAM) & Daily Project Offerings

Drop in at Cape Cod Maritime Museum and our Climb Aboard! Park. Maritime activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) are designed for kids ages 4-18, (younger children welcome with help from parents). Pricing includes admission to museum exhibits & boat shop. Kids & Teens education classes can be scheduled for families and classrooms or students in learning organizations, day & after school programs, summer camps, and community skill building programs. Samplings of activities described below are offered throughout the year at the museum. All programs can be adapted to suit a range of ages and abilities, and can be taught by our staff at your school or organization.. Please call 508-775-1723 or email info@capecodmaritimemuseum.org to discuss your specific requirements. If you would like us to design a program based on your specific educational needs, or have an idea for a new topic or activity, please let us know. We’re adaptable, and we’re here to help.

Bamboo Fishing

The making of Japanese bamboo fly-fishing rods is an ancient art dating to the late 15th and early 16th century. Bamboo --- originally planted and harvested for constructing bow, arrows and tools --- was determined useful for fishing as well. Make your own bamboo fishing rod and do some fishing off the pier behind the museum.

Class Size and Ages: 4+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Basic Coastal Navigation

Have you ever wondered how boats and ships manage to sail around the shores of Cape Cod. In this class, you will learn how to navigate near the coast, allowing you to find your position by the use of landmarks and other positions.

Class Size and Ages: 5+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Beachology; geology and oceanography effects on shoals, shifting sands, and sea floor

Knowing the sands under the water at sea, help scientist understand better what is happening in our oceans around the world. In this class we will be looking at what is happening at the bottom of the sea and create our own sea floor map.

Class Size and Ages: 5+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Buoyancy Theory & Application

Buoyancy is defined as the upward force exerted by a fluid that opposes the weight of an immersed object. Come and learn about this theory through actual application using a variety of objects and test what happens when they are placed in water.

Class Size and Ages: 5+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Coastal Communication; Morse Code, Lighthouses,and Signal Flags

There are a variety of universal ways to communicate to boats and ships and how boats communicate with each other. Come learn about these options and then try to use them yourself.

Class Size and Ages: 5+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Design & Build Your Own Wooden Boat

Take a piece of wood, design your hull, have it cut by our Boat Shop Coordinator and then build your boat out of wood. The last check—see if it floats in the water.

Class Size and Ages: 3+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Environmental Quality Water Testing; Water, Flora & Fauna of Cape Cod

How is water tested for healthiness? What flora and fauna are in Cape Cod? What is native? This class will look at these and see how all are thriving here on the Cape.

Class Size and Ages: 5+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Fish Painting and Fish ID's

What is the definition of a fish? How are the species defined? Come learn about fish identification and do some fish painting to better understand the species.

Class Size and Ages: 5+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Hand-Line Fishing Reel

This program shows how to build your own hand-line fishing reel, using recycled materials in honor of Earth Day Week. Create a shiny lure, and fasten it to your reel. Then try your hand reel at fishing on the pier at Gateway Marina on Hyannis Harbor, located a few walking steps directly behind the museum!

Class Size and Ages: 3+ years
Course Length:: 45 minutes
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

signal flag image

Is that my Name? Signal Flag Fun

Have you ever seen colorful flags flying on sailboats? These are International Signal Flags, which represent letters, numbers & symbols and are flown on ships as a way of communicating with other boats. Learn how to rig up signal flags on a mast. Then figure out the letters of your name with signal flag symbols and create your own flags.

Class Size and Ages: 3+ years
Course Length: 30 minutes
Cost: $7 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Knots; A journey in applied math

Rope (line) used in boating is durable and expensive and is often handling heavy loads, e.g.,when berthing, mooring, towing another vessel, preparing for a storm, or managing sails. The emphasis, therefore, is on safety, reliability, and convenience. Come learn about different knots, try tying them and choose which you would use for different applications.

Class Size and Ages: 5+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Knots

Knot’-ical Crafts

Monkey’s Fist, Double Half Hitch, Ocean Plait, Turk’s Head, & Granny are all names of practical knots used for decorative crafts. Practice creating these common knots, then make sailor’s bracelets, trivets, or dog toys from what you’ve learned!

Class Size and Ages: 10+yrs and 4 student minimum
Course Length: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Meteorology; Wind, Weather and Coastal Environmental Impacts

Meteorology is a science that deals with the atmosphere and its phenomena and especially with weather and weather forecasting. This class will look at this with the impact it has on the Cape Cod coast and what, if anything, can help lessen the impact.

Class Size and Ages: 5+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Native Americans and Weir Fishing

A fishing weir is traditionally built from wood or stones and placed in tidal waters or rivers which was designed to slow the passage of fish to easily catch them. Learn about how they were used by Native Americans and build your own!

Class Size and Ages: 5+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Nautical Navigation

Using Cape Cod nautical charts & traditional instruments, educators will present basic skills for marine navigation, including reading a compass, depth finding, estimating vessel position and movement using mathematical equations and geometry, reading a chart’s latitude and longitude and minutes & degrees, and plotting a course. Students will learn how to plot a vessel’s course using the oldest method of navigation—dead reckoning. Each team will create a chart of an area (classroom, outdoor space, hallway), and navigate through it, finding their own ‘vessel’s’ position.

Class Size and Ages: 12+ years and 10 student minimum
Course Length:: 2 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

Scrimshaw & Shell Sailors’ Valentines

Long ago, sailors from Cape Cod traveled around the world on trading voyages. Learn how Scrimshaw & Sailors' Valentines came to Cape Cod in the 1800s. Make your own Scrimshaw ornament as the centerpiece of your design, then create a Sailors’ Valentine around it with colorful and organic shells on an octagon-shaped base.

Class Size and Ages: 5+ years and abilities NO student min/max
Course Length:: 45 minutes
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

The physics of Sailing Theory & Application; lift, drag, simple machines and apparent wind

Did you ever want to know the science of sailing – how the winds push the sails, is there a better position to capture the wind, how fast can a boat actually go, then this class is for you. Come by and learn all of this and more and immediately apply it with hands on activity.

Class Size and Ages: 5+ years
Course Length:: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions

What Floats Your Boat?

All materials are provided by CCMM, however students are encouraged to bring recyclables from home. Students will learn about the different materials & designs that keep boats afloat. In teams, they will design and build their own mini vessel from different recycled materials. They will then find out if their boat stays afloat on water, and will critically assess their own design, and adjust it to keep it upright. Teams will experiment with various methods of power with their designs, and discover what best moves their vessel along. They will also compete in miniature boat races.

Class Size and Ages: 3+ years
Course Length: 1 hour
Cost: $12 per student
Location: Cape Cod Maritime Museum - Directions