Getting students with technology at their fingertips interested in history isn't always easy.

However, National Junior Honor Society students from Searsport District Middle School are combining technology and history to the benefit of Penobscot Marine Museum visitors. Students have been researching and photographing artifacts from the museum, which will be used, with the aid of a smartphone application, to enhance descriptions for a variety of items.

The presentation will open at PMM on Friday, April 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Starting at 5 p.m. at the Merithew House (4 Church St.), students will lead the public through the museum to the other exhibits.

According to NJHS President Max Provencher, "Every student did a different article and we did a 360-degree video of the artifacts using the app Aurasma.

"We took a museum with 100-year-old artifacts and turned them into something high-tech," Provencher said with a smile.

Curator/Collections Manager Cipperly Good said museum staff have been considering mobile exhibits and how best to use them to enhance this museum's collections.

"I had worked with the seventh-grade group on a project-based learning presentation where we created a pop-up exhibit in which we used technology. You would point your phone at the object and more information pops up," Good said. "I knew they already had the resources to do this so when we got together to discuss options — this was a no-brainer."

In the NJHS project, she said the students "explain what inspired them to pick up the object. They were able to get into the boats and do a virtual 360-degree view."

The students began researching their artifacts back in February, according to Provencher.

"We read a lot of books and put together a research paper," he said. "Three weeks ago we started taking photos of the artifacts and this month has been all about integrating the information and photos into the app."

Each NJHS student had a different experience. Bethany West researched a boat with an early motor. She said it was an interesting learning experience.

Jenna Harriman said, "My favorite part of the project was learning about the object. I had a chest."

NJHS treasurer Ellis Braga chose to study a sailboat called The Greased Lightning.

"I liked it because I like sailing," he said.

Vice President Kyla Perkins also researched a sailboat and said her favorite part of the project was, "Taking pictures of the inside of the boat."

Destiny Hebert chose a sailing implement.

"I had a box compass," she said. "I liked learning about it and I still have a connection to it."

A deliberate angle to engage students with technology while learning about history is — in their own words — brilliant.

"That is the market we are trying to reach," Good said.

"Hopefully next year, we or somebody else can expand on this idea and digitize the whole museum," Provencher said.