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The National Sailing Hall of Fame's STEM Sailing program held a highly successful Summer Bridge program for students in grades 9-12. The program was in conjunction wtih Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS).

After learning basic concept in boat design through a series of lessons and explorations, the students built and launched their own sailboats out of cardboard and recycled materials. This video highlights the students testing their boats and provides an overview of the Summer Bridge Program.

Thanks to T2PTV for producing this video for NSHOF.

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The National Sailing Hall of Fame's STEM Sailing program is one of the National Sailing Hall of Fame's Four Pillars which also include the Hall of Fame Inductions , our Stories and Collections projects that make up Sailing and the American Experience, and our On-Site programs .

NSHOF has been developing and delivering quality educational programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to students since 2010, and making our sailing-based educational lessons available to educators across the country.

The very technical nature of the sport of sailing lends itself naturally to providing practical lessons in math - including algebra and geometry, and science - especially physics. Sailboats of all sizes and designs are both engineered products and systems that make for perfect on-board lessons not only in math and science but also in engineering. The waters in which we ply our boats are themselves classrooms for studying the sciences of our planet and how it works.

Access our programs from the menu links on the right.

Check out our NEW STEM Sailing "Best Practices" Blog - Part of our STEM Sailing National Consortium on Learning Math & Science Through Sailing


Here are some of our accomplishments from the 2014-2015 school year, and recent working projects:

  • Created a STEM Sailing "Teacher Academy" summer program that teaches teachers how to sail while they work to develop new curriculum for using sailing to teach subjects in math and science. As a result, two 2015 Teacher Academy graduates have developed and are currently teaching Project Based Learning (PBL) modules based on saiing to middle school students for academic credit.

  • 315 9th & 10th grade Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students participated in seven-week in-school NSHOF Project Based Learning Module sessions for which they received academic credit.

  • 197 9th & 10th grade AACPS STEM students participated in field trips to the NSHOF, including a tour of United States Naval Academy Hydrolab, Crown Sailing Center and a sail on the Pride of Baltimore II.

  • 17 students participated in the Level 1 Anne Arundel County Public Schools STEM Summer Bridge Program at the NSHOF - required for graduation.

  • 18 students participated in the Level 2 Anne Arundel County Public Schools STEM Summer Bridge Program at the NSHOF - required for graduation.

  • 10 students participated in the Engineering Anne Arundel County Public Schools STEM Summer Bridge Program at the NSHOF - required for graduation.

  • Fourth Annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair for students, grades 7-12 held at Annapolis High School. Co-sponsored by Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Eastport Yacht Club Foundation. 300 attended.

  • 105 organizations are part of the STEM Sailing: Learning Math & Science through Sailing National Consortium. A bi-monthly newsletter of best practices and resources is distributed. National Workshop held at the United States Naval Academy; was attended by 44 people.

  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools are planning a Summer Teacher Academy to teach math and science teachers how sail and develop curricula for their classrooms.

  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools Math Coordinator planning on using NSHOF Navigation curriculum for all Algebra 1 students.

  • An Educator DigiCourse, The Physics, Engineering and Technology of Sailing, is under development.

FEATURED — STEM Sailing Teacher Academy

After a successful launching of our STEM Sailing Teacher Academy pilot program in July of 2015, the results are in: Two of the Academy's graduates implemented Project Based Learning (PBL) modules for their classes that they developed during their four-week summer session.

The STEM Sailing Teacher Academy is conducted by the National Sailing Hall of Fame in cooperation with Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). A handful of teachers are selected to participate, where they learn to sail while collaborating with fellow Academy teachers to develop STEM Sailing curriculum for their schools. Click below to watch a video with interviews of the STEM Sailing Teacher Academy participants.

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Testimonials:

“The STEM Middle School program at Old Mill South will incorporate the physics of sailing in Marine Engineering units we are developing for PBL (Project Based Learning) over the course of the next two years (2015-16 & 2016-17). The externship was a valuable experience in providing a foundation for course development and sailing practice."

— Marie Hartman - STEM Teacher
Old Mill South Middle School

"Last summer's Teacher Academy was a fantastic opportunity for selected educators to learn about the scientific principles of sailing and actually observe and apply them to the art of sailing, first-hand! My sailing mates and I practiced all aspects of sailing, while cruising the Chesapeake and its tributaries more than a dozen times over the course of four weeks. We've taken our experiences back to school and are creating for students project-based opportunities to learn about sailing!"

— Marcus D’Arcangeli - Elementary Resource Teacher & Coach
Fort Meade Feeder System, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

“I was thrilled to be a part of the sailing externship last summer. It was an incredible experience! I was able to learn about the arts and science of sailing and the variety of marine and maritime career opportunities. I was able to create lessons to teach what I learned to my 10 grade AVID students and thanks to the NSHOF and the US. Naval Academy, they will be able to experience this first hand on a sailing field trip.”

— Kimberly K. Cox - Teacher, AVID and FACS
South River High School


FEATURED — STEM SUMMER BRIDGE

The National Sailing Hall of Fame's STEM Sailing program held a highly successful Summer Bridge program in 2016 for high school students. The program was in conjunction wtih Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS).

During the 2015 Summer Bridge, students learned basic concepts in boat design through a series of lessons and explorations, and then built and launched their own sailboats out of cardboard and recycled materials. This video highlights the students testing their boats and provides an overview of the Summer Bridge Program.

Thanks to T2PTV for producing this video for NSHOF.


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“The Connections between Sailing and Flying”

Ken Reightler
Former Shuttle Pilot and Lockeed Martin Executive; Professor, Aerospace Engineering, United States Naval Academy; Offshore Training Squadron, United Sates Naval Academy Sailing

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Presentation Notes:

  1. Welcome and Thank you
  2. My sailing background
    1. I was born on the water…but that is a story for another time.
    2. I come from a family that on one side was Eastern Shore waterman, boat builders, and ship’s captains.
    3. On the other side were blacksmiths, carpenters, gold prospectors, oil field workers and Naval seaman, chiefs and officers.
    4. I grew up around boats and boatyards and people who made their livelihood at sea.
    5. So it is no surprise that I was on the Varsity Sailing team here at USNA.
    6. It would also be no surprise that I continued to sail and race as a lifelong hobby and sport long after I graduated.
    7. However, it might be a surprise (it was to me) that I would be back here at the Naval Academy as a professor, Instructor Skipper, and Volunteer Coach.
  3. Flying Background
    1. Started early
    2. Not just interested in flying airplanes but flying in space as well.
    3. Brought me to USNA with a dream
    4. Dream took shape on July 20 1969, landing on the moon.
    5. Pursed it as a midshipman
      1. Flying jets off carriers and going faster than the speed of sound as a teen ager
      2. Private pilot’s license
      3. But connected to my studies as an aerospace engineer
      4. And also connected to my involvement in the sport of sailing
  4. After graduation
    1. Operational flying
    2. Flight Test
    3. Instruction
    4. Sailing
    5. Graduate studies/sailing
    6. Astronaut Program
  5. Connection between Sailing and Flying
    1. When I first started flying small, 2 person aircraft, I immediately made the connection with sailing 420’s like those outside, in fact right here.
    2. When that led to training on larger more complex aircraft with slightly larger crews, I went back to my time skippering Shields One Designs that the Academy then had five of. One of my fondest memories is just beating Ted Turner over the finish line in one the Bay races. That didn’t happen very often.
    3. Finally as a P-3 Mission and Plane Commander, I would draw heavily on my D-Command in the Navy Luders yawls. I couldn’t find a picture of them but this Mark II shot was too good to pass up.
    4. Transferable skills:
      1. Navigation
      2. Communications (Radar, GPS, VHF, HF, Electronic map dispalys)
      3. Ship handling
      4. Meteorology
      5. Mechanics
      6. Stability and Control
      7. Aerodynamics
      8. Structures
      9. Materials
      10. Performance under stress, in challenging environments
      11. Math, Science, Technology Connection
      12. Crew, People, Emotional Connection
      13. Environmental connection
      14. Decision making, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Situational Awareness Connection
      15. Anticipating problems
      16. Preparation and logistics
      17. Risk management
      18. Leadership (Experiential Dimension)
  6. Connection to Space Flight (Credit to Dr. Mike Barratt)
    1. Similarities in Operations, Systems, and Concerns
    2. World of bulkheads, stringers, plumbing, ventilation, hose clamps, thru valves, and wiring
    3. We share the burden of training and preparation
    4. At some point must accept that you have done all you can, the provisions are all stowed, the weather looks good, and despite the feeling that you have forgotten something, it is time to go.
    5. Launch is a lot like leaving the slip…often it is the hardest part of the journey.
    6. We often have to battle the adaptation to our environment…seasickness, sea legs.
    7. Docking is also a critical time, when a steady hand on the rudder and throttle is required.
    8. Routines…getting around, doing the work, checking the consumables(food, water, fuel, supplies, power)
    9. Concerns…Fire, Leaks, Running into something.
      1. Reefs
      2. Flotsam and Jetsam…grains of sand going 18,000 mph hurt
      3. We have life boats and ditch bags too
      4. Solar power and batteries
      5. Comm, Navigation (we get a lot more help in space than on the water)
      6. Weather…Space Weather…Solar and Cosmic radiation
        1. Heaving too is sheltering in place
        2. Rely on outside sources for info
      7. Heads
      8. Food..the importance of gathering the crew around the galley table our cockpit to share a meal is not lost on the space age. Don’t get steaks and shrimp off the Barbe but close.
      9. Sensations of being at sea
        1. Presence of unusual or lack of something usual that awakens you from a deep sleep.
        2. Special moments like sunrises and sunsets..we get 16 of each in orbit., Shooting stars, thunderstorms and star filled skies
      10. Sailing, flying and space travel expand our reach and open unique and fascinating worlds to our experience
      11. They make us aware of our resources and environment
      12. And they make us appreciate a well-balanced system in which there is little room for error.
      13. And they have a way of turning friends and acquaintances into working shipmates and crewmates.
  7. Conclusions
    1. The connection between sailing and flying (in the atmosphere or out) has always been with me
    2. I give full credit to my start on the water to what I was able to do in the air and beyond.
    3. I do believe that old saying “Sailors make better Pilots.” And agree that is self-serving
    4. But I also believe there is a strong link between sailing, math, science, engineering, and technology.
    5. That is one reason that I am so involved today with Naval Academy Sailing in all its forms, as well as supporting the good work of the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
    6. To me, there is no better preparation than sailing for naval officers, especially those who plan to go a bit higher and a lot faster.
    7. But as I said, there is also an incredibly powerful developmental aspect for our future engineers, scientists, and technologists as well.
    8. Sometimes it really is “Rocket Science”
  8. Closing
    1. Again, Thank you for coming, Welcome to USNA and the RCC, Enjoy the day and the rest of the workshop
    2. You have a great line up of speakers
    3. I hope to join you for part of the day
    4. Making the final preparations for an overnight training sail that starts tonight and I am sure that I have forgotten something.

“What's Working: US Sailing's REACH Program Update”

Jessica Servis
US Sailing REACH Program

REACH Program Overview Video

Overview of US Sailing's REACH educational program combining STEM education with sailing.

REACH Science Day at 2014 Opti Nationals

REACH demonstrations in sailing and STEM at the July 25 2014 US Opti National Championships.

Jessica Servis Presentation (PowerPoint Video)

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