Dockside Programs

Down by the Docks

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South Street Seaport Museum tells the story of how New York’s great natural harbor gave rise to the metropolis we know today. Dockside programs combine indoor and outdoor hands-on activities to show how the science of the harbor affects how we live today.

New York Harbor is a place for ships, but also a place for fish. What lives here? And how? And how do people make a difference?

  • Explore the geography of the seaport. Why does marine life live here in NYC?
  • Examine shells of local marine life to learn how they live and how biologists classify them
  • Sample for small marine life and view it with microscopes. How do the organisms all fit together?
  • Sample Harbor water and measure water quality. Is it really polluted?
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    Five boroughs, three islands! Explore waterways transportation.

  • Observe and analyze bridge and ferry traffic
  • Use historic images to learn how the Brooklyn Bridge changed New York City
  • Experiment with bridge construction secrets
  • So many boats… and how do they go?

  • Survey the vessels in the harbor and their power sources
  • Experiment with boat design – make a paddle-wheeler
  • How does a sail work? Explore physics of sailing
  • No signs at sea. How do you find your way?

  • Learn how to use a nautical chart and magnetic compass
  • Apply geometry of parallel lines and angle measurements to a real-life problem
  • Use distance-rate-time formula to plot a course and plan a voyage
  • So many different kinds of boats in the harbor. How do they float? How do they work? Discover some of the physics of the ships in the harbor.

  • Survey the vessels in the harbor and their hull shapes
  • Experiment with buoyancy – make something float by changing its shape
  • Discover the secrets of ballast – how do you load a vessel so it doesn’t capsize?
  • All programs are designed for groups of up to 34 students (40 people maximum including chaperones).

    All programs are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, New York State Math, Science, and Technology Learning Standards, and New York State Social Studies Scope and Sequence. Programs can be customized to meet your curricular goals and the needs of your students.

    Reservations and advance payment required. Limited scholarships are available.

    To book a program, or for more information please e-mail education@seany.org or call 212-748-8753.