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Pirate Science


Created by Deborah Lee Rose, last updated 2015-11-13

All kinds of activities to add STEM to a pirate themed camp, event, or lesson plan, and possibly even for September's Talk Like a Pirate Day


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Maritime Munchies

What did pirates and sailors eat on long voyages?

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Testing Vitamin C: Chemistry's Clear Solution

What does vitamin C have to do with scurvy, that pirates and sailors could develop on long trips at sea?

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Stargazing

How did pirates and sailors follow the stars to find their way?

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How Much Water is in that Cloud?

Pirates and sailors got fresh water from rain, but how much?

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Why do Hurricanes go Counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere?

What could pirates and sailors do when a hurricane was coming?

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Right Eye/Left Eye

Which eye do you use when you look through a handheld sighting tube, like a telescope of old?

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Mint Your Own Coin

What do coins tell us about pirates' history, or your history?

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Invisible Ink

How could pirates keep their treasure maps secret?

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How it is Currently Done

How did ocean currents help move ships of old across the seas?

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Create a Compass

How did pirates and sailors of old use compasses?

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Water on the Move: Wind and Waves

Wind and waves were the constant challenge for pirates and sailors of old.

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Weather Forecasting

Could pirates and sailors of old predict the weather? How?

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Good News: We're on the Rise!

Air pressure gave clues to storms for pirates and sailors of old.

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