• Get away to Gateway, where you can camp and stay healthy with heart-smart activities. Photo by Sebastiano Privitera; used by permission.

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Staten Island Unit Professional Development

Sentinels of Our Shores: A program for grades 4-5

Sentinels of Our Shores remains free of charge and available for school groups beginning January 1, 2013.

How did a young United States defend its greatest port, New York City? Sentinels of Our Shores takes upper elementary students back to the year 1846, when war clouds gathered over the US, Canada and Mexico.

First, student "cadets" conduct hands-on scientific experiments with our own unique air-powered cannon. How do changing variables, such as the angle or air pressure, affect the range of the cannon? Cadets then decide where to build forts by reading historic documents, including maps.

After this 90-minute program, have lunch in the "Learning Lunchroom" (An optional half hour visit to one of the historic forts must be arranged in advance and depends on the weather.)

Maximum 35 students. To reserve this free program, call 718-338-3338 ext. 274

Did You Know?

Aeiral view of the eastern portion of Jamaica Bay

At approximately 32 square miles and over 13000 acres, Jamaica Bay is the largest natural open space in New York City.