Hull Preservation 2021 Campaign Week 2

More Than A Hull

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Battleship IOWA is an absolute marvel of engineering and a historical treasure. Those elements alone are worth preserving, but any sailor will tell you that what really makes a ship great is the crew that loves her.

We’re blessed with a spectacular ship and a phenomenal crew, and we’re going to introduce you to a few members of that crew throughout this campaign.


Education Specialist Tiffany Ellerbeck

Hello all! My name is Tiffany Ellerbeck and I am the education specialist aboard the ship. It is nice to virtually meet all of you! I first joined the team in mid-November of 2020 and am super excited to be a part of this amazing crew. A love for the ocean drove me to obtain a degree in marine biology from Cal State, Long Beach and I have almost eight years of experience introducing the public to the wonders of STEM. I came to the Battleship from San Pedro’s Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Downey’s Columbia Memorial Space Center.

I know this past year has been hard for all of us in a large variety of ways. It is my goal to bring some of the fun back into our daily lives through engaging and entertaining STEAM education programs and activities.

For our general public audience, we are currently posting weekly STEAM Challenge videos to our Virtual Education at the Battleship IOWA Facebook page. Please feel free to join our Facebook group to stay current with our weekly videos or join our Google Classroom to see all of our current educational content. To participate in our weekly STEAM Challenges, just follow the task presented in the video and share your completed project and any data collected with us at

Book A Virtual Field Trip

Need a fun virtual field trip for your class? Never fear because the Battleship IOWA is here! We have developed engaging one hour STEAM at Sea sessions covering different forces acting on the ship, focusing on Newton’s Laws of Motion, balanced/unbalanced forces, and the conservation of energy. Each lesson is presented live by a member of the education crew and includes a slideshow and live demonstration. Every class will conclude with an interactive STEAM activity using commonly found household items to support covered topics in a fun way. We currently offer four classes: Buoyancy, Projectile Motion, Energy Conversion, and Naval Aviation. Looking for a combination of history and STEM? Book a hybrid History and STEM tour that includes a 1.5 hour guided virtual tour of the ship and concludes with the introduction of a STEAM topic and a live activity. If you have any questions or you’re interested in booking either of these programs, please message us at


A Fun-In-The-Sun Summer Camp

The Battleship IOWA will be hosting an in-person, COVID-19 compliant, STEM summer day camp. Your child can come aboard the Battleship IOWA for a week long STEM summer camp adventure, Monday – Friday 9am – 12pm. Students will get in-depth tours of various ship compartments, hear stories from crew members who have been working tirelessly to restore the ship, and participate in fun STEM activities revolving around the scientific and engineering concepts embedded within the ship itself.

For more details about specific dates, please refer to our camp flyer. The cost to attend is $110 for the week and includes individual supplies, a camp t-shirt, and daily snack for your camper.

Summer Camp Scholarships Available

Thanks to support from the Port of Los Angeles’ Community Investment Grant, a large majority of available camp spots are scholarship funded! Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to those from low income households in the LA Harbor area. Qualifying income limits are based on California Department of Housing and Community Development 2020 Income Limits for Los Angeles County. If you qualify and would like to apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application. To register as a paying participant, please submit a completed registration form. Non-scholarship spots are limited, but a wait-list will be implemented to ensure all spots are filled by the start of camp.

Thank you all for reading this book of an education update! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to collaborate with the Battleship IOWA. Enjoy your weekend!



The Gravely Essay Contest

WHAT: Be a part of Battleship IOWA Museum’s celebration of Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., a “Man of Many Firsts.” Eligible high school students are invited to participate in an essay contest sponsored by Collier Walsh Nakazawa.

WHAT YOU WIN:  Winners will receive scholarships ranging from $250 to $500 dollars.

WHERE & WHEN: The deadline to submit an essay will be April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. and winners will be announced at the Pacific Battleship Center’s Freedom of the Seas Gala Awards on October 23, 2021.

HOW: The essay should follow this year’s event theme and focus on turning challenging moments into positive opportunities. Entries are submitted online.


Click here for details

Click here to help preserve USS IOWA’s hull

Site developed by Wicked Code, Inc. and funded by The Edward E. & Marie L. Matthews Foundation •  Photos by Rick Stipa Photography
Other photos - US Navy Archives and National Archives

Board & Crew Portal