When students visit the BMI they become oyster shuckers in our 1883 oyster cannery, build roller coasters using household items, become workers on a paper truck assembly line, and more. Each year, our education programs help teachers and students discover the connections between their classroom studies and Baltimore's industrial past and future.
As we look forward to having school field trips resume later this month, we are proud to announce that, during the 2017-2018 school year, 483 schools visited the BMI for field trips. As a result, we served 29,616 teachers, chaperones, and students who enjoyed 73,250 educational experiences. But, sometimes, the best way to judge our impact is by reviewing the feedback we get from students and teachers firsthand:
"I had an amazing day because of you! I loved learning about all the different types of engineers, my favorite one was the mechanical engineer. I never thought I would like building a model roller coaster. Thank you so much for all you have done!" ~Maddie, student
"I had fun building using the materials and what we had around to build the model. I also enjoyed testing the model and moving up a harder step to challenge myself. ~Brenden, student
"We love this trip! The sessions are more than hands-on! Students' engagement and curiosity is over the top! Thank you again for making this our favorite trip of the year!" ~Ellen G., 3rd Grade teacher
It was hard getting the big wooden marble in the can. But, we worked together and we solved the problem! Maybe later I will be an engineer! I liked when you shouted "Workers!" It felt like I was one." ~Ruby, student