Echoes of 1608

Program Year(s) 2007 – 2010
School Systems Served Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Talbot County
Program Partners Sultana Education Foundation, Easton Middle School, Saint Michaels Middle School, Kennard Elementary School, Sudlersville Elementary School, Henry Highland Garnett Elementary School, Millington Elementary School, Rock Hall Elementary School, Worton Elementary School
Funder National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration B-WET grant

Echoes of 1608:  The Chesapeake Bay 400 Years Ago and Today is a three-year teacher- training program (2007 – 2010) funded by a B-WET grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The initiative uses the 1608 expeditions of Captain John Smith as a case study to compare and contrast the Bay he recorded four centuries ago to conditions on the estuary today.  Program partners include the Sultana Education Foundation, NOAA, and nine public schools on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The course includes annual five-day summer institutes for teachers featuring field experiences, water chemistry testing, lectures, and sample lesson plans on Native Americans, early settlement, and the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay.  For students, course components include classroom-based outreach programs and under-sail ecology programs aboard the 1768 schooner SULTANA.  During each field experience, students/teachers collect water quality data and compare their findings to real-time data uploaded from NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS).