USS Hornet Museum Announces 2nd Annual STEM-to-Sea-and-Sky Program

Schools and Libraries

February 22, 2016

Special science teacher training to be held aboard the Hornet Sat. March 12th from 1 p.m. 4 p.m.


The USS Hornet Museum (Hornet) is partnering with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Office of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) to host the 2nd Annual Stem-to-Sea-and-Sky Program on Saturday, March 12th from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. This special science teacher training event, which is FREE for all Bay Area teachers, will be held aboard the Hornet at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda, CA.

 In addition to no cost for Bay Area teachers to attend the Hornet 2nd Annual Stem-to-Sea-and-Sky Program, all class supplies will also be provided free of charge. Advanced registration is required. To register or receive more information, please contact Heidi Schave, Hornet Education Director, at or (510) 521-8448 ext. 224.

About the Stem-to-Sea-and-Sky Program: Instructors from the USNA and the Hornet will be on hand to demonstrate project-based learning techniques, as well as to host fascinating hands-on activities on important topics such as electrochemistry, materials science, fluid mechanics, and more. Tours of the spaces used for the Hornet's STEM education programs, which demonstrate and explain STEM classroom concepts aboard the Bay Area's famous "floating museum," will also be offered throughout the afternoon.

Since 2011, the Hornet's STEM-to-Stern programs have used the ship itself as a platform for teaching STEM. Spaces and equipment from the forecastle anchor chains to the engine room turbines, as well as the museum's aircraft collection, illustrate STEM concepts in a unique historical setting. Volunteer and staff instructors share their knowledge of the workings of the ship to provide a context for science and the evolution of technology. A registered state and national historic landmark, the Hornet is also home of the largest collection of Apollo space mission artifacts on the West Coast.

About the USNA: The USNA is a leading engineering institution preparing students for careers as technologists and military leaders. The STEM Office capitalizes on the USNA's unique resources, particularly the educators and midshipmen engineers/scientists-in-training, in the development of its STEM outreach programs. The USNA Faculty bring their educational expertise and practical research and development experience to provide on- and off-site workshops to about 800 educators per year. These highly-successful programs focus on project-based learning in engineering design, robotics, chemistry, physics, applied math, computers, biology, and SeaPerch, as well as in advanced topics in many engineering fields.

About the USS Hornet Museum: 

The USS Hornet Museum, a popular tourist destination in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages. Through field trips and live-aboard experiences, the USS Hornet, which opened as a museum in 1998, offers educational programs focusing on naval history, science, and space technology. A registered state and national historic landmark and home of the largest collection of Apollo space mission artifacts on the West Coast, the ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda, CA.  Regular museum admission is $10 for youths age 7-17 (age 6 and under are free with paying adult); $15 for students with ID, seniors, and military with ID; and $20 for adults. Admission is free for Museum members. Ample free parking is available across from the pier. The USS Hornet is also a unique, unforgettable venue available for corporate events; trade shows and expos; private parties and big band dances; and TV and film productions. For more information, including group tours and event planning, visit: or call (510) 521-8448.




Media Contacts:


Victoria Sanchez De Alba / De Alba Communications (for USS Hornet Museum)

(650) 270-7810 /


Heidi Schave, USS Hornet Museum

510) 521-8448 ext. 224 /