After seven weeks of hard work, the Bhutanese apprentices enrolled in the current Project SAIL session shared their culture and cuisine with Project SAIL apprentices, volunteers, and staff as the winter session nears completion.
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.
BAEP students are fortunate; the Tall Ship Festival is happening right outside BMC’s facility! Students were given a tour of all the ships, and learned about working and living on a tall ship.
In conjunction with and with the support of the Perry 200 Celebration, the Bayfront Maritime Center announced the launch of a new program, Veterans at EASE, designed to help local veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As part of this program, BMC and Veterans Administration staff will sail with veterans. Some pilot excursions will get underway this fall, and it is hoped the full program will begin in the spring of 2014. This announcement was made as part of the Perry 200 festivities this weekend commemorating Erie’s role in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812.This new initiative is
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.
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.
The Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience (EASE) program helps those with physical and mental disabilities enjoy the experience of sailing and maritime activities. The EASE program is the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania.
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.
The ShopBot CNC Router, a cutting-edge STEM education tool, is assembled and ready to be used. Its first task was to cut the top of the middle table layer to make it perfectly parallel to the rail assembly and gantry.