PRIDE on the Chesapeake: An Underway Education Adventure Aboard Pride of Baltimore II
“Pride on the Chesapeake” is Pride of Baltimore’s experiential education program under sail, designed to align with Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum.
The half-day (two to four hour) underway experience engages sixth through tenth graders in a combination of science, technology, engineering, math, and history (STEM+H.) The vessel can accommodate 30 participants at a time (including students, teachers, and chaperones) and can depart from a number of docks throughout the Chesapeake Bay, including the Baltimore harbor. We also have the ability to extend the experience to 60 participants through partnerships with a number of shore-side facilities, including Fort McHenry National Monument and Shrine, Fells Point Preservation Society, and the United States Naval Academy.
The application of hands-on activities, such as setting sail and steering the ship, as well as well as contemplative activities, such as comparing hull models of a Baltimore clipper to a 19th century cargo ship, makes this program unique, even in a region that is home to many other high caliber programs.
Maryland's War of 1812
Investigates the different viewpoints of citizens about declaring war on England, and explores the specific actions that took place in Maryland, including the Battle of Baltimore. (Maryland State Department of Education/Voluntary State Curriculum: Social Studies 5.C.2.b)
Illustrates the role of the sailors who volunteered to serve aboard the privately owned Baltimore ships, called privateers, which were so successful against the British invasion. Students participate in teamwork exercises using ropes and pulleys. (Maryland State Department of Education/Voluntary State Curriculum: Social Studies 5.B.4.b)
Defining the Bay
Highlights the contrasts between the Chesapeake Bay as the first settlers knew it, and the Bay we now live and sail on. This station depicts the changes in infrastructure and shows how the winding rivers of the Chesapeake helped shape the Baltimore Clipper hull. (Maryland State Department of Education/Voluntary State Curriculum: Social Studies 3.B.1.b)
Students experiment with the elements of resistance and air-flow that make all sailing vessels move, with special focus on why the Baltimore Clipper was such a powerful innovation for nautical design. (Maryland State Department of Education: Maryland State STEM Standards of Practice, April 2012)
“My favorite part of the whole trip was being able to steer the boat because it felt cool to be in control of where the boat went.”
“I also liked the amount of teamwork on the ship & I also liked that we got the full experience of pulling on the ropes ourselves.”
“I liked the moment of silence we had to just listen to the waves, it made me feel stress free even for a moment.”
“My experience on the Pride was amazing. Putting up the sails was my favorite part of the ride. It was very interesting to learn about the War of 1812. The museum was boring.”
“I learned about how people’s different opinions on the war, if people wanted war or not.”
"We are so, so lucky in Baltimore City Public Schools to have the Pride of Baltimore and Fort McHenry right here that we can use. When they come here, the kids do more than just learn history. They come here and they live history"
RaeLynne Snyder, a social studies specialist for Baltimore City schools
“Last year's field trip on the Pride of Baltimore was so exciting. I hope to take this year's eighth graders on what proved to be a fantastic journey.”
“Our students had an awesome experience, and we’re planning to do this again this fall.”
Thus far, the program has received very positive feed back and has attracted a significant amount of media attention.