Delaware school marks Titanic’s 100 year anniversary

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is about two weeks away. Several memorials and events have been planned worldwide, and even right here in Delaware.

Students at H.B. duPont Middle School are working on their own special event, dressing in the fashions of 1912 for an exhibit of their research projects on Monday, April 16.

The students learned about the Titanic’s fateful trip on April 15, 1912 over 10 weeks; a voyage that culminates with the exhibit displaying projects that range from storyboards to five-foot models of the doomed ship.

“The enthusiasm for this unit has spread throughout the school community,” said 7th grade teacher Diane Wallace, who for six years, has taught the unit on the Titanic. “It has gotten to the point where families anticipate the unit months in advance and they start to plan their projects and their 1912 attire.”

This year, the school says students researched the economics of the ship, theories about why it sunk, analyzing the construction of the ship, even the myths and legends surrounding the Titanic.

“There is so much to learn about the Titanic,” said Wallace. “There is something for everyone!”

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.