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New Funding fuels Porcupine project

Big Ideas Learning, a subsidiary of Millcreek Township-based Larson Texts Inc., has pledged $100,000 over the next six years to help the Bayfront Maritime Center complete construction of its Porcupine schooner project and to provide maritime-themed math curriculum for onboard programming. Rich Eisenberg, executive director of the Maritime Center, and Larson Texts CEO Matthew Totzke announced the partnership Friday morning during a news conference inside the Maritime Center’s boat room at 40 Holland St., where work on the Porcupine is ongoing. When completed, the Porcupine, a historical representation of a War of 1812 square topsail schooner, will be known as

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Schooner Porcupine Happy Hour – 5 to 7 pm July 14!

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Schooner Porcupine, Join us for food and fun at an open house in the BMC boatshop, Thursday the 14th of July from 5 to 7 pm. See the construction progress on Schooner Porcupine. Learn more about the Schoolship for Presque Isle Bay and the other summer programming underway at BMC.

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Summer Programs Begin at BMC

Check out our summer newsletter and get all the latest news from the Bayfront Alternative Education Program, Project SAIL after school program, EASE, Bayfront Summer Credit Recovery Program, Schooner Porcupine and the Cardboard Boat Regatta. http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e1280799d9df918f51a087ac4&id=43014010f6

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FIRST AID and CPR COURSE FOR BOATERS!

BMC is offering a First Aid – CPR Course specifically designed for boaters! This hands-on and scenario based course earns attendees a 2 year certificate from the American Safety Health Institute.              Space is limited    –     Sign Up Today.

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Mentoring in Action

  Thank you to Project VOYAGE mentor, Anne Sinopoli, for her fine work.  Anne is a 2012 Graduate of Clarkson University where she majored in Mechanical Engineering.  Her job at GE brought her to Erie where she began to volunteer for BMC, first at our fundraisers, and then joined the  Board of Directors in 2014.  Anne’s enthusiasm is contagious!  When she learned of a Project VOYAGE student who was interested in a STEM related field, she jumped at the chance to assist Ghana in pursuing her career path.  Thanks to The Erie Community Foundation for funding Project VOYAGE.      In

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SCHOONER PORCUPINE Kickstarter Campaign

Porcupine fans, we are underway on Kickstarter! Please check out our campaign, and see all the awesome rewards we are offering to backers!  Click here for a short descriptive 1813 Schooner Porcupine video.

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EASE Begins 14th SEASON of Adaptive Sailing

EASE began its 14th season of adaptive sailing on Friday June 20th! BMC started adaptive sailing in 2000, and the EASE program became established in 2001. This is the first and still the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania. It serves the entire tri-state region. THANK YOU to the more than 20 dedicated EASE volunteers who organize, schedule, staff, and sail all day with the sailors, while parents, grandparents,siblings, and caregivers share in their experience while aboard the escort vessel, EASE-Y SPIRIT.         EASE began with fundraising help from the Junior League of Erie to purchase two Access

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BMC Through the Years Collage

Through the Years: Building a canoe under the watchful eye of Buzz 1998; A new garboard for the Friendship Sloop Momentum 1999; Looking up; Early EASE Program, the first and still the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania 2000; A boatload of sailors aboard Taco the Town 2001; Young Helmsman, timeless.  

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Throwback Thursday Photos

A Throwback Thursday Album, because there are too many wonderful moments here for one photograph to capture.

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Project VOYAGE Apprentice Completes Multiple Projects

Gage, one of BMC’s current Project VOYAGE apprentices, completed multiple projects in the past few months. Thanks to funding from the Erie Community Foundation, Gage and other Project VOYAGE apprentices are learning valuable job skills through one-on-one, long-term mentoring with accomplished professionals. Gage is working with Christopher Laird, a retired FMC mechanical engineer who is also an accomplished boatbuilder and carpenter. With Chris’ assistance, Gage built a shelf for his sister and a wine rack for his mother. Gage has learned construction drafting, the milling process, and how to professionally finish his projects. Chris said that Gage “is motivated to

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Photos from BMC’s Inaugural Programs in 1998

A few of the photographs from when the Bayfront Maritime Center was just getting underway, in 1998. Since then 92 boats have been built; over 17,000 students and adults of all ages have sailed, rowed, paddled, built boats, learned about the environment, studied navigation, acquired USCG Masters Licenses, and more!  

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Second St. Ayles Skiff Nearing Completion

Students will be making and setting floorboards, applying varnish, and building and installing a coxswain seat on the second St. Ayles Skiff. Follow our students’ progress on our student written blog ~http://bmcstaylesskiff.blogspot.com/  

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Turning it Over!

On the last day of the school year, the high school students in the Bayfront Alternative Education Program (BAEP) turned over the hull of the second St. Ayles Skiff. “Hull-turning” is a significant moment in the boatbuilding process. These students leveled the strongback, set the keelson, planked the boat, laid the keel and outer stems, and turned the hull over. Over 200 BAEP students, Project SAIL apprentices, and student volunteers have worked on this skiff, which will be used in Erie’s first community rowing program at BMC.

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BMC Teaches STEM With ShopBot

Project-based, hands-on lessons in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) enhance a student’s comprehension of valuable skills needed to succeed in school. STEM Director, Harold Rinn, uses a ShopBot to teach each day. It is an amazing do-all tool for precisely cutting, carving, drilling or machining all kinds of things from all kinds of materials. With a ShopBot, you use software to create your project’s design, which is then precisely cut by machine. Check out our STEM page to see some of the fine work being done by students at BMC. 

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St. Ayles Skiff Construction.

Maritime Education at BMC is all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, STEM learning. Carpentry and assorted vocational skills and career awareness are part of the curriculum, too. But these students are also learning teamwork and problem solving while developing persistence and grit!

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First Sail of the Season!

It was a bit cold, but the wind was just right! Taco the Town got underway with Project SAIL apprentices on Monday. This was the first time several of these kids had ever been on a boat. They all took turns on the tiller, and went forward to be lookouts. We had the bay to ourselves!

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Ft. LeBoeuf Middle School Gifted Program at BMC Today!

Ft. Leboeuf  Middle School students visited BMC today.  They had a great time sailing in Lake Erie and touring BMC’s waterfront facility.

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Students Operating CNC Digital Fabrication Equipment in Boatshop

Students designed a project using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program, then created a layout for the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) digital fabrication machine to follow. 

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