Throughout the summer, the Patriots Point Institute of History, Science and Technology offered a variety of educational programs to make both teaching and learning an exciting and engaging experience.
Summer Educational Programs
For the first time this year, the Patriots Point Institute of History, Science and Technology hosted educational summer programs. The week-long camps, offered June 11-15, July 23-27 and August 6-10, were hosted in partnership with the Town of Mount Pleasant. Over the summer, 81 students explored the USS Yorktown – Charleston’s largest floating classroom – while also conducting hands-on marine science experiments in the surrounding estuarine environment, learning about our nation’s heroes in the Medal of Honor Museum, and taking courses in classes in aviation, astronomy, oceanography, and robotics.
“I commend Patriots Point for its stewardship and commitment to educating the next generations of leaders, patriots and scientists,” said Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails. “Patriots Point Institute of History and Science offers a unique educational experience for our Lowcountry children and beyond. The Patriots Point Scholarship Program ensures that our children can benefit from the time-tested values of honor, duty and courage that this fine institution embodies. As Patriots Point moves forward, it will continue to inspire and engage our youth in new and innovative ways to preserve this rich military heritage.”
The Institute also partnered with the City of North Charleston to host 550 students for educational programs this summer. The students – all participants in the North Charleston Recreation Department’s Summer Camp – participated in a cross-curricular, standards-based program that featured history, science, math, literacy, and art components. Their participation in this program was made possible thanks to the Patriots Point Scholarship Program, funded by the generous support of community partners and organizations such as the USS Yorktown (CV-10) Association and local volunteer Mike Sudzina and his wife, Mary.
“Many thanks are due to Patriots Point and its Scholarship Program donors for the positive impact being made on the young people of our community,” said Mayor of North Charleston Keith Summey. “Through their generosity, hundreds of North Charleston youths will be afforded a one of a kind, hands-on educational experience that is unrivaled by many Lowcountry programs. Simply boarding the USS Yorktown will be something never before experienced by many of our summer camp participants.”
The Patriots Point Scholarship Program depends on support from the community. Qualifying schools and programs are eligible to apply for funding; and every $10 donation means that a student is able to participate in the Patriots Point Institute of History and Science’s education programs. During the past school year, Patriots Point welcomed students from 26 counties in South Carolina to participate in the Institute of History and Science education programs.
- If you would like to learn more about how you can contribute to this fund, please contact the Patriots Point Education Department at 843-971-5046
Institute Hosts Teacher Recertification Program
This summer, the Patriots Point Institute of History and Science also offered a special recertification program for South Carolina teachers. This program, written by educators who have been in the classroom, allowed Institute staff to share innovative curriculum with teachers and school districts across the state.
Teachers also earned one credit (or CEU) and received two full days of professional development training, a book with program curriculum, meals, and the option to stay overnight aboard the ship.
The two-day seminar also featured an educational panel that explored the latest teaching innovations and technologies from around the state. Panelists included Darren Provost, Lowcountry Branch, SC STEM Centers SC; Gerrita Postlewait, Educational Consultant; and Linda O’Bryon, President and CEO, ETV.