Monday, April 04, 2005


Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum planning Kidfest 2005


Outer Banks Sentinel
April 3, 2005

Students who attended the museum's inaugural camp were
encouraged to 'dig in' to their projects.

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to look at a shipwreck and be able to read much of its history just by what is left?

What would it be like to be an archaeologist? Is there really any fun in doing math, researching history, doing science experiments or talking to people about history? Absolutely! And here is how you can be involved in the fun.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is proud to announce its second annual one-week summer archaeology camp designed for secondary school students. The program, created by Wendy M. Coble, MA, archaeologist, and the late Sheri D. Coates, MA, educator, will provide a unique opportunity for ten students to catch a glimpse of what it is like to study a shipwreck. Coble will direct this year's program with the help of museum staff and local educator, Beverly Henson.

Wendy Coble has a Masters degree in Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology from East Carolina University. Wendy works for the US Naval Historical Center in their underwater archaeology branch. She has participated in such projects as the excavation of H.L Hunley, the Badin Bomber Project, and numerous ship and aircraft sites around the world.

Beverly Henson, a Science and Social Studies teacher at Cape Hatteras Elementary School, has a BS in education. She is an active volunteer with the National Park Service, Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and NEST Foundation of North Carolina.

The program consists of two phases. The first phase is preparatory for the students, and introduces them to the concepts, methods and ideas needed to accomplish phase two.

Individually, students will be given practice assignments reading assignments, and video instruction so that they can prepare to work together to investigate a shipwreck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Phase two will take place June 13-17. Accepted students will join Wendy and Beverly at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum for a week in which they will investigate and document a shipwreck near the museum.

The students will work hard, but there will be plenty of fun also. The students will be sharing a unique experience with new faces, in an environment of encouragement designed to foster self-esteem. While in the program students will see real life uses for math, science, reading, history, social studies, and English writing skills. There will also be field trips to local historical landmarks, visits with interesting local historians, and programs in the museum.Lunches and snacks will be provided and there will be plenty of cold drinks and shade on site. Students will be supervised at all times to ensure happiness and safety for all participants.

If you know of a student (8th grade and above) that might be interested in this unique summer program please contact the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum (252)-986-2995, P.O. Box 191, Hatteras, NC 27943 for more information and an application form. Tuition for this weeklong day camp is only $200. Ten students will be chosen from all the applicants based primarily on how well the student shows an interest in learning. Top grades are not a requirement, but interest is a must.


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