Hornet Museum Sets up STEM Program

The USS Hornet Museum has again partnered with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) office at the United States Naval Academy to host the Second Annual Stem-to-Sea-and-Sky Program. This free special science teacher training event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 12, aboard the Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3. 

Instructors from the Naval Academy and the Hornet will be on hand to demonstrate project-based learning techniques. They will also help facilitate hands-on activities with disciplines that include electrochemistry, materials science and fluid mechanics. 

The Hornet’s STEM-to-Stern programs use the ship itself as a platform for teaching. Spaces and equipment from the forecastle anchor chains to the engine room turbines, as well as the museum’s aircraft collection, help illustrate STEM concepts in a unique historical setting. 

The Hornet is a registered state and national historic landmark and home to 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. The aircraft carrier, which opened as a museum in 1998, offers educational programs focusing on naval history, science and space technology.

The Hornet’s STEM program will provide all class supplies free of charge. Advanced registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Heidi Schave, Hornet education director, at edu@uss 
hornet.org or call 521-8448 ext. 224.