As part of their ongoing study on the War of 1812, Jackson Elementary School students in Patchouli Oerther’s second-grade science and social studies class designed and crafted their own trading or military vessel.

The students made the vessel after learning about early 19th-century ships and seafaring. Students then tested whether their ships were ready for the open sea.

In addition, students portrayed U.S. senators as they gave speeches about whether the United States should enter into war and studied maps to see locations where the British invaded the U.S.