Classroom Resources

Following Up

The information and activities in PORT are intended to be part of an entire classroom experience. Without your guidance in introducing and following up on the experience, students will not gain the full benefits.

Tips and Techniques

  • Direct a discussion in which students reflect on their web experience.  What questions do they still have?
  • Use the topics in the chart below to further discussions or for assignments on topics related to different sections of this website.



Working at the Port

Selecting a career that capitalizes on your interests and abilities

Career opportunities in other transportation systems, such as an airport or train system; interning or job shadowing opportunities at the Port of Baltimore and other industries

Optimizing resumes and interview techniques for jobs in the transportation industry and elsewhere

Analyzing data on future career opportunities to assess personal professional prospects

Comparing PORT interviews to determine common characteristics of good job candidates


Tech Challenge


Dredging Up Business

The Venturi effect and other principles of fluid mechanics as related to hydraulic dredging

The mathematics of maintaining profit margins in businesses

Comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of mechanical and hydraulic power

Loading a Ship: A Balancing Act

Lord Plimsoll, Plimsoll lines, and their importance in shipping

Balanced forces, buoyancy, and density as they effect container ships

Drag and displacement in container ships and their effect on efficiency

Comparison of ship construction on a container ship vs. a cruise ship or aircraft carrier

Energy demands and the future of international shipping


All About the Port

The mathematical effect of world-wide weather patterns and natural disasters on international shipping traffic, communications, and navigation

Improving processes (intermodal transportation, Ro/Ro, etc.) at the Port of Baltimore: What is being done now? Can these processes be improved? What are the costs and cost benefits of these proposed changes?

Data gathering, creating and analyzing data bases and other graphical representations of Port traffic and shipping trends

  • Instruct students to scan newspapers and websites for current events related to the Port of Baltimore.  How do these events relate to web content they have explored on PORT?
  • Consider assigning concluding projects that capitalize on students artistic or literary talents, such as creating a dimensional model of a container ship or writing a diary that details the exploits of the owners of Best Dredging or the SS Evergreen.