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
The Bayfront Summer Credit Recovery Program begins Monday, June 19th. Twenty-seven Erie High School students have registered and hope to complete one or more classes towards their successful graduation. BMC teachers will assist students and sailing, rowing and paddling will be available for the teens in the afternoons. We are looking forward to a great summer!
The Erie Power Squadron is offering an 8 week ABC3 Safe Boating Course at the Bayfront Maritime Center, 40 Holland Street, Erie, PA. Class meets Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. March 6, 2017 through April 24, 2017. Registration begins at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 6th. Fee for books, materials, shipping and handling is $50. There is also a fee for piloting supplies, if needed. Instruction is free. Those who pass the course earn a Pennsylvania Boating Safety Certificate and can save money on boat insurance. The course is mandatory for those born after Jan. 1, 1982, who
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.
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.
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.
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
Project SAIL apprentices rowed again today. First there was some dry-land training to learn the commands needed to manage the skiff. Some of these apprentices are refugees and new Americans and they are learning English at the same time! Most of the apprentices have NEVER been in a boat before, and this is a boat they helped to build – BMC’s first St. Ayles Skiff, Mighty Oak.
Maritime education is starting to catch the eye of folks in Washington. The St. Lawrence Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and MARAD Executive Director Szabat addressed the Third Annual K-12 Maritime Education Symposium, as well as a great group of panelists from academia, government and industry. This year, we had all three existing Great Lakes maritime high schools participating, The Maritime Academy of Toledo, the Bayfront Maritime Center of Erie, and the Western New York Maritime School of Buffalo. We are excited to have attendees from Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland who are interested in opening a maritime high schools in
BMC is adding two additional student stations with Radar and ship controls to its Buffalo Computer Graphics Maritime Training Simulation Equipment. This was announced today in Maritime Reporter and Marine News Magazine. This expansion will enable BMC to offer USCG Unlimited Radar Observer and Radar Observer Re-certification courses for mariners. Simulator training time may sometimes be logged double as underway training time by the United States Coast Guard, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration, because simulator training scenarios can include so much more activity than real time vessel operation. This upgrade was made possible in part from
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.
Rich Eisenberg represented the the Bayfront Maritime Centeron Tuesday at the 2014 Great Lakes Waterways Conference in Cleveland, as a presenter on the K-12 Maritime Education Panel.
Dennis Williams, BAEP principle at BMC was in the boat shop today, continuing his great work with at risk youth, and helping BMC further serve the Erie Community. The Bayfront Alternative Education Program at Bayfront Maritime Center in Erie, PA, is for 8th -12th grade students who are struggling in the traditional classroom setting. Hands-on, project based curriculum creates a culture of experiential learning which engages students and challenges them to develop teamwork and problem solving skills. We follow the Seven Commitments of Sanctuary ** Culture of Nonviolence ** Culture of Emotional Intelligence ** Culture of Inquiry & Social Learning ** Culture of
Project SAIL, BMC’s after school program, is up and running with a full roster of 31 apprentices. Students sailed as much as possible last week to take advantage of the warm, sunny weather. This week they went on their first field trip to our neighbor, Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair. Experiences like this raise career awareness about future jobs available in the maritime industry . Project SAIL is made possible by grants from the TK Foundation, and the United Way of Erie County.