High Seas Adventure (6th and up)
Week 2 (6/27 - 7/1)
Ahoy, Mateys! Are you ready for a high seas adventure aboard Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware, and Battleship New Jersey, America’s most decorated battleship? For one week, you’ll transform into sailors and engineers, working the ships and competing in challenges.
First, you’ll come aboard the Kalmar Nyckel and imagine crossing the oceans in this wooden ship while you learn the history of its journeys and Delaware’s riverfront shipyards. From launch to arrival, you’ll explore the principles of buoyancy and the points and angles of sail. Celestial navigation and dead reckoning are just some of the concepts we will learn as we delve into mathematics and engineering through the eyes of a sailor. Within a game-like structure, campers will learn how to apply important economic concepts and choose the people with the necessary skills to bring the supplies and trade goods that allow them to establish a new colony in the Delaware Valley.
Then, you’ll join USS New Jersey. While there, you’ll learn what it takes to create the ultimate battleship, considering the various components that go into building a massive warship: massive propulsion, impenetrable armor, and unrivaled firepower. You'll use this knowledge and mathematics to design your own battleship, factoring in the problems that the designers faced. You’ll also learn about the dangers of life aboard a battleship. For example, in December 1944 New Jersey faced an opponent just as deadly as the Axis but far more difficult to fight, Typhoon Cobra, which sunk three ships in her task force and damaged many more. This program consists of a visit to the Bridge, 54 feet above the waterline, where waves broke overhead. You’ll also see the Expansion Joint, which allowed the ship to twist and flex as the sea threw her around. Then, you will see how the ship’s boats used to rescue sailors washed overboard. To become a true sailor, you will use damage control techniques to stop flooding and a barometer to predict the weather. Finally, you’ll experiment with buoyancy to see how much weight a ship can take before it starts to sink.