Part of an occasional series of case studies on the way in which history organizations are reaching out to new audiences. Contact us to suggest or submit a case study.
Description: In this award-winning online game and educational curriculum, “A Sailor’s Life for Me!” users explore the ship, scrub the decks, and fire cannons. Meeting real sailors who served on “Old Ironsides” in 1812 compels users to not just learn history, but experience and explore it. The educational curriculum links directly from the game and includes 120 printable lesson plans and activities for the classroom or home that utilize history, science, math, social studies, art and language arts to explore Constitution and life at sea in 1812.
Objective: Teach the War of 1812 through the lens of USS Constitution and make this history available to all.
Funding: The Office of Navy Commemorations and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Results (with stats through March 15, 2012):
Since its launch in January 2011, the website has had 35,830 visits from 23,345 unique visitors who generated 99,578 page views.
The free iPad app, released in February 2012, has been downloaded 879 times from 59 countries.
For more information, contact Jodie McMenamin, Development Officer at the USS Constitution Museum
Case study date: June 26, 2012
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