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Science School Letter to Parents

Dear Parent:

We would like to introduce you to the Maritime Park Association and Pampanito Submarine School: Where History Meets Science, which your child is scheduled to attend. Pampanito Submarine School takes place aboard a permanently moored World War II submarine, USS Pampanito, located on Pier 45 in San Francisco. (During the program the submarine is isolated from the public by a locked gate.)

Established in 1950, the Maritime Park Association (formerly National Maritime Museum Association) is the official nonprofit partner of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park - a unit of the National Park Service. Its earliest contributions were to open a museum at Aquatic Park and to purchase and restore the square-rigged ship Balclutha in 1954. The Association independently manages USS Pampanito. With its meticulous restoration of the submarine, the Association has created an incomparable museum of science and technology and a memorial to WWII submarine veterans.

Reaching out to schools, community based organizations, elders, and other groups, the Association offers a broad range of education and preservation activities. Pampanito's overnight programs for youth groups serve nearly 6,000 boys and girls and accompanying adults annually.

Students who board the USS Pampanito are presented with 5 hands-on science stations based on buoyancy, sonar, codes and navigation, optics, and chemistry. The Association supplies everything the students need to complete these stations.

Pampanito Submarine School is an overnight program. Your child will need to bring a sleeping bag or blankets. We cannot supply any bedding. Children and adults sleep in the bunks used by the original submariners.

Children must not bring gum, candy, personal food, pagers, phones, electronic games, radios, or tape or CD players.

Once the program begins you will not be able to contact your child and we are not able to deliver messages to your child. If there is an emergency, please call our security guard at (415) 775-1943 to arrange to pick your child up.

For the safety of all participants, there are rules of conduct and safety that must be followed. Any child that does not abide by these rules will be required to leave the program - no matter what time of day or night. The parent/s will be notified and required to pick up the child within a reasonable time.

If you are an adult chaperone for Pampanito Submarine School you will also need to bring bedding. During the program, each adult chaperone will be assigned to one of the five crews. You will be responsible for supervising the children as they work. You may, if you like, answer basic questions, but please do not do the work for the children! If you would like more detailed information about the program or your role, please call us.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact Education Coordinator, Mariah Gardner via email, or call (415) 292-6664.


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