When our children are not attending classes they are usually home being constantly bombarded with rapid scene changing videos, hard driving music and video games that demand full attention and quick eye-hand coordination. The marketplace has indeed mastered the art of getting the attention of today's children. Is it any wonder that keeping students focused in a classroom is a major challenge for any teacher?
Therefore, we must find alternate ways to supplement the in-class lessons and motivate our children to learn. In order to get their attention we must stimulate them, pique their curiosity and provide a venue for exploration. We must offer something better than their electronic virtual worlds and surround them with a captivating shroud of reality. Our answer is a 122-foot, fully rigged time machine.
Our time machine, the American Clipper Schooner Lynx, is more than just an authentic living history museum. It is a world unto itself. An open door to the past that invites the curiosity of our youth and gives them a genuine appreciation for the daily conveniences they all take for granted.
The Lynx lifestyle was the every day reality of the 1812 sailor. It was practically their entire world. The ship sustained their existence and provided them with a means to preserve this country's freedom. It does not take long for the techno-child of today to realize that life was difficult back then and that fighting for freedom was no video game. The roar of just one of the Lynx cannons will punctuate that fact.
The interactive Lynx educational program enlightens, challenges and inspires the students to think, absorb, retain and work as a team. In addition, it provides teachers a solid medium to capture the child's imagination, focus their attention and put the history lessons of this beautiful country's defense into perspective.
Giving students the ability to explore, they become inspired to learn. The Lynx Education Program can be adapted to a wide variety of curricula and educational needs.
After input from educators and teachers, the Lynx Education Program allows students a singular opportunity to expand their horizons. It also lets teachers teach by example and gives them a way to focus student attention.
Working side-by-side with teachers and school administrators, we offer a complete syllabus so that introduction into the LYNX program from their existing 5th and 8th grade American history course is seamless. The Lynx curriculum combines traditional maritime instruction with modern educational requirements.
5th - 8th Grade Educational Program
American history and our country's ongoing defense of freedom come to life through Privateer Lynx's hands-on highly motivating, Standards-based education program. Lynx offers students many opportunities for enrichment with a strong interdisciplinary focus on history/social science and language arts. Educational programming consists of four one-hour lesson plans, teacher supplemental materials, and a dockside tour or sail aboard Privateer Lynx.
$8.00/person for 1 1/2 hour lesson
25 person minimum / 40 person maximum
Students will participate in a 1.5 hour lesson, on board the ship, in port, between the hours of 9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm - 4:00 pm. Students will learn the skills of a sailor, hoist a sail, tour the ship, and experience the 19th century maritime history. All lessons are taught from the perspective of a privateer crew, focusing on the integral roles they played.
$35.00 per person
25 person minimum / 40 person maximum
Students will participate in a three-hour lesson (9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm) at sea. Students will will join a watch, hoist the sails, steer the ship, sing shanteys, and become part of the privateer crew aboard Lynx.
Teacher InformationThe three purposes of the Lynx Education Program are:
to teach historic maritime traditions of the young American nation;
to demonstrate seamanship skills and responsibilities; and
to experience sail training as a workshop for personal growth.
The first Lynx curriculum combines traditional maritime instruction with modern educational requirements. The second curriculum focuses on scientific techniques regarding water, weather and more. Lynx educators work closely with teachers and schools to develop pertinent scholastic strategies and appropriate lesson plans.
The Lynx education programs meet the State of California Curriculum Standards and have been endorsed by the Orange County Department of Education. Lynx is an Officially Approved Venue for field trips buy the LAUSD in California and the Pinellas County Schools in Florida.
5th - 8th Grade Standards-Based Educational Program
Elementary/High School Standards-Based Science Program
Introduction to science program (10 min)
Bow Station: Life Science: Water Quality & Food Chains (30 min)
Discuss how these animals depend on plants and animals living in water (plankton, fish, etc)
Discuss food chains/webs
Number of plants & animals in the water depends on quality ("health") of water:
Nutrients to phytoplankton, pH to phytoplankton & zooplankton, dO produced by phytoplankton, used by zooplankton (& us as it enters the atmosphere)
Amidships: Physical Science: Buoyancy, Ballast, & Ship Design (30 min)
Compare hydrometer levels in fresh and salt water – discuss density & how relates to boats
Quarter Deck: Earth Science: Weather (30 min)
Discuss sayings about weather & how relates to clouds
Discuss what these readings might mean for weather tomorrow
Science Program Wrap-Up (20 min)
Official LAUSD Field Trip Site - Vendor # available upon request
For more information on Lynx tours, voyages, charters, sailing programs, job opportunities and merchandise email The Lynx Educational Foundation at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727-474-4727.