April 01, 2020
USS Constitution Museum Launches “A Sailor’s Life for Me” Educational Online Game
CHARLESTOWN, MA (April 1, 2020) — Today the USS Constitution Museum launched A Sailor’s Life for Me (asailorslifeforme.org), a dynamic online game and educator resource that gives people of all ages a chance to step into the shoes of an 1812 sailor.
Students, families, and educators are invited to join the fight for freedom on the high seas when they virtually enlist as sailors on board USS Constitution and travel back in time to prepare for the War of 1812. Sailors take on the tasks and challenges of life at sea, including scrubbing the deck, whacking rats in the hold, and sailing the ship at sea. The Museum worked on A Sailor’s Life for Me with Green Door Labs, a developer of online resources for educational institutions, and web developers at Eduweb. The project was supported by grants from the Ruby W. & LaVon P. Linn Foundation; Institute of Museum & Library Services; National Maritime Heritage Grant Funding; United States Navy Office of Commemorations, Navy History & Heritage Command; and National Endowment for the Humanities.
“A Sailor’s Life for Me offers education and entertainment to students and learners of all ages,” said Anne Grimes Rand, Museum President & CEO. “Its launch coincides with a time many are unable to attend school or work, and the Museum’s hope is that it will be a welcome addition to our current digital offerings.”
A Sailor’s Life for Me is part of a larger strategy to serve students and the public at home. It includes a robust outreach and visitor engagement initiative where the Museum has turned “inside-out.” Every day the Museum disseminates dynamic content related to Constitution through its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and website usscm.org.
About the USS Constitution Museum
The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those associated with her. The Museum’s mission is to engage all ages in the story of Constitution to spark excitement about maritime heritage, naval service, and the American experience. The Museum is temporarily closed and currently providing a hands-on, minds-on environment digitally during this time of social distancing. For more information, visit usscm.org.