Bayfront Summer Program
Credit Recovery Made Fun!
With support from the United Way of Erie County, BMC offers a credit recovery program for teens, who attend any of Erie’s Public Schools. On-line curriculum coupled with BMC staff assistance and exciting on-the-water maritime experiences create a fun and productive learning environment. Students have access to laptop computers and high speed Wi-Fi connection . BMC is open four days a week, Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm, starting Monday, June 19, 2017 and continuing through Thursday, July 20, 2017. Individuals may register for one course at a time through their home school guidance counselor, principal or school secretary. Upon completion of the first credit, they may register for a second. Cost is $65 per credit. There are some scholarship opportunities available if the family finds the cost prohibitive. Space is limited.
The Bayfront Summer Program over the Years
For the past eighteen years, the Bayfront Summer Program has provided summer enrichment opportunities for students throughout the area. The Bayfront Summer Program began in 1999 on the Bayfront Maritime Center’s waterfront campus. It was originally tailored to migrant, immigrant, and refugee students who were developing their English proficiency and catching up on their studies. Summer students learned language arts through hands-on maritime based STEAM subjects, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Participating students learned how to read a nautical chart, handle a variety of vessels on the water, identify parts of a boat, and interpret weather forecasts and conditions. Students have learned to navigate using Global Positioning System (GPS) and have built underwater Remote Operating Vehicles (ROVs), both from scratch(!) and from kits.
Instruction has included Math, Computer Skills, Language Arts, and Literacy, sailing, rowing and paddling skiffs, canoes and kayaks, some that they have helped to build. The young people also learn Basic Boating and Safety. Over the years, diverse enrichment activities have included Edinboro University Reading Specialist’s providing individualized instruction, perch fishing, and field trips. Students have kept journals, learning to express themselves creatively while becoming proficient with the English language. Students have designed and created personalized carved wooden plaques while learning Computer Numeric Control operating BMC’s ShopBot Digital Fabrication Equipment.
In 2011, Dr. Lisa Ramirez, Director of Migrant Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, recognized the Erie School District, the Bayfront Maritime Center, the Pennsylvania Department of Education – Migrant, and IU5, for their joint summer program, during the National Migrant Education Conference in Nashville, November 14-17, 2011.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education – Migrant won the 2011 Excellence in Summer Learning Award from the National Summer Learning Association.
“I’m Dinesh. I’m 15 years old. I’m from Nepal. Everyone in my family speaks Nepali language. I have been in the USA for about two years. I like this country. When I came to the USA I was in 7th grade. I was scared when I first go to school because I saw nobody that I knew from Nepal. Now I feel good because I have many friends from my country and have many new friends from the US and other countries.”