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Children's Programs in the Museum

Learning about the island is interesting, but it is important for children to understand the challenges peole faced and opportunities for inventing new or improved ways of doing things.  Our STEAM program teaches our children the science, math, engineering ideas behind some of the most basic necessities of life on the island.

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Children's STEAM Program - A Summer Must-Do!

Every Monday - July & August

In the Museum @ 10:00 AM



The Long Beach Island Historical Association Museum has a Makerspace program for kids, 5 - 13 years of age.  The morning incorporates STEAM activities with historical artifacts from the Museum.


Each week, a new design challenge is presented to the kids and their parents.  It's truly a family affair where problem solving becomes the key to having fun and learning through STEAM activities.


July 8th - Anchor and Mooring Gear - Paper Chain Anchor Challenge - This is an exciting project to watch children reason out!  It gets kids thinking and they can work individually or in groups!

July 15th - Traveling to LBI: Design a Bridge Challenge - Bridges depend on two different forces to make it stable to carry the load, compression and tension.  In this challenge, the children will build a paper bridge and make it stable.


July 22nd - Old Barney: Lighthouse Challenge - The children learn about two problems encountered at sea and how lighthouses can resolve those problems. They will design a lighthouse model and then build one using materials found around the house.


July 29th - LBI Switchboard Operators: Build a Phone Challenge - Children will investigate how sound travels through string and air.  They will combine a string & cup with a partner to model a string phone.  Then they are given the design challenge to redesign their string phone for distance.


Be sure to join in on the fun!

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

August 5th

Pound Fishing on LBI:  Boats that Float Challenge

The early fishermen of LBI once hauled fish from elaborate traps, they were called Pound Fishermen.  In this challenge, children will learn how to make boats that float!

August 12th

Saving Lives on LBI: Cereal Shooter Challenge

When storms were so powerful, that boats could not be used, a long range line-throwing gun was used by the Life-Saving Service.  Children will create a model of life saving equipment

August 19th

Sailing on Barnegat Bay: Puff Mobile Challenge

August 26th

Just for Fun:  Trouble with Bubbles

"My children look forward to this every summer vacation - rain or shine.  They learn so much while having fun!  Highly recommend!

Michelle A., NY

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