Students Teaching Students: East Carolina University’s Maritime Studies Association Outreach Program


This presentation will introduce the Maritime Studies Association (MSA) at East Carolina University, a graduate student organization affiliated with the Program in Maritime Studies. North Carolina has a rich maritime history, and many local grade schools incorporate studies of those topics into their curriculum. In 2006, MSA began expanding community outreach efforts, including planning a class that introduces schoolchildren to maritime archaeology. Graduate student teachers follow a curriculum written by MSA members that engages children with hands-on activities to explore maritime archaeology. MSA then actively solicits feedback from schoolteachers to ensure the effectiveness of the classes and the impact on the students.