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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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Second St. Ayles Skiff Is on the Way

Our students have been working hard on the second St. Ayles Skiff! Check out their progress at BMC’s blog highlighting the two skiffs being built for Erie’s inaugural Community Rowing Program. http://www.bmcstaylesskiff.blogspot.com/  

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Sam Low Acknowledges BMC in Interview

During this insightful interview with Lance Lee, Sam Low acknowledges our work in Erie at BMC! Thank you for your kind words, Sam.  

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End of the Season.

The 2012 sailing season ended today at BMC. We pulled out the Erie Boat with snow on the deck! See you in the Spring.        

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VETERANS at EASE Program Begins at BMC

Veterans, Veterans Administration personnel, and BMC volunteers and staff were aboard for the inaugural Veterans at EASE sail on Friday October 4th. For the full story, see Veterans at EASE . Veterans at EASE would like to thank the Veterans on Deck program for their inspiration and support.

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Cardboard Boat Regatta 2013

Thanks everyone who helped to make the 4th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta a huge success!! Community support for BMC is our greatest asset. Congratulations to the Winners of the Cardboard Trophies this year! Crowd Favorite: Despicable WE Most Creative: Pirates’s Cave Paddle for Good: LifeWorks Erie Fastest Time – Youth Division: Atlantis Fastest Time – Teen Division: Stealth Fastest Time – Adult Division: Volley Boaters Most Dramatic Sinking: TOW (Taking on Water!)  

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Richard Eisenberg named “Remarkable Man” by the Erie Times

The Erie Times News section “Her Times” has named Richard Eisenberg, BMC’s Executive Director, their Remarkable Man of the Month. The Erie Times’ Suzanne Scarpino stated: ” [T]he Bayfront Maritime Center is home to some of the most successful youth programming in the region — and Richard Eisenberg has been at the helm since day one.” When asked about the Maritime Center’s programming, Eisenberg said: “We’re not trying to crank out boat builders or sailors, but kids that are successful, who can think on their feet, effectively communicate, problem-solve, and disagree without fighting. Those are skills that are important in any job setting.”

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Allegheny in the BMC House Today for Alternative Spring Break!

Allegheny students spent part of their Alternative Spring Break at BMC. They did a fantastic job cleaning up the boatshop and organizing our safety equipment.

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Repairs on the Friendship Sloop Momentum

Friendship Sloop Momentum is currently being repaired. Here’s a peek into the labor involved.

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First Week of St. Ayles Skiff Construction

Here is an update of the St. Ayles Skiff just after the first week of building.  

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Students Begin Building St. Ayles Skiff

Erie students began building the first St. Ayles Skiff today. Two Skiffs will be built at BMC; they will be used in Erie’s first Community Rowing Program.

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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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BMC Welcomes Jodi Carpenter

The Bayfront Maritime Center is proud to present the newest member of BMC team: Mrs. Jodi Carpenter! Jodi joins us from Portland, Maine where she has been working as a boat building instructor at the Compass Project. She has four years experience working with inner city and at-risk youth, running the shop and directing the boat building program. She helped to teach this Traditional and Modern Oar Making Class with Clint Chase at the WoodenBoat School last week. Now Jodi is Maritime Educator/ Boatbuilding at BMC!

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Starboard, Cardboard!

It is time to start planning your cardboard boat! Use your imagination to construct a boat made entirely from cardboard, tape, paint and glue, and then paddle it around a 200 yard course in the East Canal Basin on Erie’s Bayfront and see if you can win a prize for Most Creative, Fastest Time, Crowd Favorite… or at least Most Dramatic Sinking! There are three age divisions:  Adult, Teen (12-18 years old) and Kid’s Crew (under 12 years old.) We have several youth groups who would like to participate but are looking for sponsors. Your donation of $50 will allow these kids to

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BMC Sails with Erie Shriners Hospitals Children

This is the 12th year of the Erie Adaptive Sailing Program, EASE, and the 11th year we have sailed with kids from the Erie Shriners Hospitals for Children. The wind and weather were perfect for a fun day on the water. Many kids were paddling kayaks for the first time! Thank you to all the EASE volunteers who have made the program grow and thrive! EASE is the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania.

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Captain’s License Course Begins at BMC

A US Coast Guard Approved Captains License Course is Underway at BMC!

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Project SAIL Apprentices Tour US Coast Guard Vessel

Project SAIL (Successful Apprenticeships and Investments in Learning) is BMC’s after-school program. It offers an engaging learning experience to teens, ages 15-18, with an interest in hands-on maritime activities.

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Radar Observer Unlimited Course

Director Rich Eisenberg attended WWMT’s Unlimited Radar Observer course. BMC is planning to offer this course in Erie in the near future. The Bayfront Maritime Center has similar Buffalo Computer Graphics Radar simulator equipment.

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