Core Plus Maritime Workshops

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Century Link Field

800 Occidental Ave S

Seattle, WA 98134

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"Biggest Things on Earth"

Core Plus Maritime

2019 Boat Show Workshop Content & Schedule


Seawater and air are the two biggest things on the face of the Earth. These two fluids are foundational to the Washington state economy. They are also at the heart of Core Plus, an aerospace manufacturing skills curriculum that is being adapted to support career exploration and skill development for Washington state’s extraordinary maritime sector.

Science, math and shop skills align closely between aerospace and maritime. These threads were first merged in our region in 1915-16, when Bill Boeing partnered with a US Navy Lieutenant, Conrad Westervelt, to build the very first “Boeing” airplane in a boat house on the eastern shore of Lake Union in Seattle.

The new Core Plus Maritime curriculum builds on the proven skills units pioneered in the Core Plus Aerospace curriculum while adding instructional content concerning the future, present and past ties between humanity and world-wide waterways. Our regional connections exist through the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River and Puget Sound, three remarkable waterways that literally help define our place in the world.

2019 Conference: The Task at Hand

The maritime curriculum effort was introduced at the 2018 Boat Show. Since then, draft curriculum units and ideas were reviewed at four workshops conducted throughout the state, gathering input from educators from more than 40 school districts and representatives from marine industries. Thanks to this input, the curriculum is now comprised of content covering about 1,000 hours of potential instruction time.

At the 2019 Boat Show, and in the months ahead, the Core Plus curriculum team will continue to work with teachers, employers and community leaders to determine how the curriculum can best be adapted to specific courses and programs of study. The goal is to produce certificate-based learning experiences of the type now available to students and teachers in Washington through Core Plus aerospace. State leaders are also considering new financial resources to support maritime curriculum implementation. The present development phase of Core Plus Maritime will be assessed and, hopefully, celebrated at the Seattle Boat Show in 2020.

2019 Conference Outline

Day One of the 2019 Boat Show conference will focus on content that might help teachers achieve local school district standards for Core Plus credit equivalencies in science, math and language arts. The day will include essential information about marine electrical safety, science, and corrosion.

Day Two will highlight marine career opportunities, and engagement opportunities with employers and marine practitioners. Additional activities will cover skills instruction for metal fabricating and a look forward into future program development along with opportunities to include marine-related math.


Sunday, January 27

CenturyLink Field Exhibit Hall

800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle

Doors Open at Noon

Enter via the second-floor entrance on the east side the CenturyLink parking garage.

Workshop 1 – Curriculum Overview

1 PM-2:20 PM

Review the maritime curriculum scope and how it might be adapted to high school and middle school programs. Curriculum guides will include Mike Brenner and Richard Gifford, two teachers in the Central Kitsap School District with extensive industry backgrounds and professional experience instructing middle school and high school students.

Workshop 2 – Concrete Boats

2:30-4:30 PM

Learn about material science, density and buoyancy by making your own boat from cement. Workshop instructors are STEM masters Andy Nydam and Brian Wright from Olympia HS. Andy and Brian put on the Core Plus Material Science Summer Camp annually in July.

Workshop 3 – Stray Current: Marine Electricity and Safety

4:40 – 6:30 PM

Learn the heart breaking, inspiring story of Kevin Ritz’s efforts to promote marine electrical safety. Kevin is Lead Marine Systems Instructor at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding (NWSWB) in Port Hadlock. He is recognized nationally for his expertise in marine corrosion, marine electrical, and electric shock drowning. NWSWB is developing a marine systems curriculum in partnership with Neah Bay High School. Learn more at this video: https://youtu.be/38oNBQXSoIk.

Workshop 4 – Seafood Combo

7- 9 PM

Ivar’s Acres of Clams – Pier 54

1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104

Digest information about the northwest seafood industry while dining and mixing at Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Seattle’s central waterfront.

Monday, January 28

CenturyLink Field Exhibit Hall

800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle

Doors Open at 8:30 AM

Enter via the second-floor entrance on the east side the CenturyLink parking garage.

Workshop 1 – Boat Show Job Fair

9-11 AM

Meet and mingle with employers who are looking for the next generation of marine professionals.

Workshop 2 – Marine-Related Metal Fabricating


Boilermakers’ Apprenticeship Lab - Georgetown Campus, South Seattle College

6770 East Marginal Way - Building B – Room 122

Join Mark Eaton, Apprenticeship and Training Coordinator for Local 104 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and other industry representatives to learn more about metal fabricating career and education opportunities in the Pacific Northwest.

Workshop 3 – Marine Math with WAMC

10 – 11:30 AM

The Washington Applied Math Council is taking the lead in helping more teachers understand the math that goes into maritime, ranging from boatl design to the classic Mercator Map which continues to distort world views to the present day. The introductory workshop will be led by WAMC Director Ron Noble.

Workshop 4 – Employer Engagement & Lunch


Rooftop Banquet Room

Silver Cloud Hotel

1046 1st Avenue South, Seattle

Discuss career opportunities and employer engagement with business representatives and marine practitioners.

Workshop 5 – Next Steps

1:30-2:30 PM

Rooftop Room

Group discussions for input on future curriculum and program development, and “wish list” items if more resources become available for curriculum implementation.

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