BURLINGTON – From the comfort of their classrooms, wide-eyed youngsters soon will have a chance to experience what it’s like to be a deep-sea explorer, navigating the ocean’s depths to photograph whales and study shipwrecks.
The “Yellow Submarine” that hung in the New England Aquarium in Boston for more than 30 years, sparking the fanciful imaginings of a generation of children, will soon visit Burlington elementary students. In time, the vessel – a life-size fiberglass model of the minisubmarine, or cubmarine, built by Perry Submarine Builders when John F. Kennedy occupied the Oval Office – may also make it to classrooms elsewhere in the state.
“The kids are just going to go crazy over it,” said John Papadonis, director of the Burlington Science Center and the man responsible for bringing the Yellow Submarine to local students. “When we’re done restoring it, the kids will be able to climb inside it and really get a feel for what it was like to explore the ocean in a cubmarine.” Read the rest of this entry »