STEAMING through Lighthouse Illumination is the Preservation Association’s STEM-inspired approach to educating local students and area youth about the maritime and social history of the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse in a manner that is engaging, relevant, meaningful, and FUN.
STEAMING through Lighthouse Illumination is a multi-faceted curriculum that consists of a wide range of hands-on interactive workshops and activities that explore lighthouse-related topics through the lens of Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics, Human Interaction & Innovation, Navigation, and Geography. Additionally; each educational program offered by the museum addresses one or more of the Ten Themes of Social Studies as identified by the National Council of Social Studies. All lighthouse programs are developed for students of various ages and ability levels following Florida’s Core Standards of Learning by the museum’s professional staff and volunteer docents; many of whom are former teachers and school administrators themselves. Guidance and recommendations are sought from local area teachers and subject-area specialists when applicable to help ensure completed programs meet the specific academic needs of the students they are intended to serve.
Current Educational Offerings include guided tours of the lighthouse and museum, hands-on interactive workshops and activities, historic reenactments, traveling exhibits, oral presentations, and much more! Additional teacher resources can also be found on this website under Online Resources. In keeping with the Association’s mission to preserve and disseminate the maritime and social history of the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, all available programs are provided FREE of CHARGE to Volusia County public and private school groups and at a nominal fee to those in neighboring districts.
With the exception of guided tours and a few select workshops, students and teachers may elect to participate in one or more of these offerings while visiting the lighthouse in person during a scheduled field trip –or- if visiting the lighthouse is not possible, in the comfort of their own classroom or media center through the Preservation Association’s Educational Outreach Program.
The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse strives to meet the ongoing needs of local teachers and students whenever possible. While designed for general education classes, most programs can be easily modified to meet a teacher’s specific classroom needs including grade level, allowable time frames, and specific ESE accommodations. We encourage all teachers to explore the Preservation Association's many educational offerings by following the navigational tabs on this page.
Feedback regarding existing lessons or the need for programs addressing topics not already covered is encouraged. Please direct all educational related comments to the museum's educational programs department via email at Education@ponceinlet.org or by phone at (386) 761-1821, ext. 18. Thank you.