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STEM Unit: The Whydah, From Wreck To Museum

1024Px Whydah Model

This unit connects the history of Cape Cod’s maritime past, the wreck of the Whydah and the real-world application of chemistry to recover and preserve the artifacts found off the coast of Wellfleet. Students will identify examples of chemical and physical changes, the composition of artifacts and sea-water. They will analyze their interactions and predict how the artifacts will react after long exposure to sea-water and explore various methods to stop these chemical reactions and preserve the artifacts. At the end of the unit students will create a basic recovery and conservation plan for artifacts recovered from concretions.