US Sailing’s STEM Education Series

Reach Educator Guide Middle School, Modules 1-10

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Module 11

Module 11:Microscopic Mysteries

What “invisible” creatures live where we sail?
(created by Community Boating Center)

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Interested in joining the Reach Initiative?

Register for the Reach STEM Educator Course , a one day professional development and training (which includes a copy of the Reach Educator Guide) or purchase the Educator Guide at the US Sailing store. We are always looking for schools and sailing centers to host a STEM Educator Course at their facilities. Many programs find hosting a Sailing Through STEM Night is an easy way to get started and ignite some STEM energy in your community.

Are you implementing two or more of the Reach modules at your school or youth program? Register with US Sailing’s Reach Initiative and your organization and contact information will be added to the Reach website.

Are you considering implementing Reach for the first time? Check out our resources, blogs by programs implementing Reach, student and teacher testimonials, or just read the latest news.


Reach: Middle School Modules 1-10




Investigative Question

Module 1 Measuring Wind “How can we use the wind if we can’t see it?”
Module 2 Buoyancy “How does this boat float?”
Module 3 Sail Area and Perimeter “What shape are sails and why?”
Module 4 Simple Machines on Sailboats “Why do boats have all these ropes and pulleys?”
Module 5 Water Quality Testing “What is happening in the water out there?”
Module 6 Marine Debris “How does marine debris get in our waters and where does it go?”
Module 7 Upwind Sailing Angles “How does geometry affect my sailing?”
Module 8 Land and Sea Breezes “Why does the wind change as the day progresses?”
Module 9 Wind Power “How is wind used as power?”
Module 10 Underwater Exploration “How can we learn more about our sailing environment?”

“I’m pretty critical when it comes to STEM, and there is a lot of trendy/science-as-entertainment stuff out there, but it looks like Reach has mostly gotten it right.  It appears tactile, mechanical and not dumbed-down.  It’s not whiz-bang or computer- or video-driven.  It looks like it’s the kind of thing that builds intuition and more importantly, the ability to build intuition.” – Brian Bauman Ph.D.

Common core

Reach Module Correlation to Common Care Math Standards


Module Correlation to the spirit of Next Generation Science Standards

The Reach modules are correlated to National Education Standards in science and math, as well as US Sailing’s Learn Sailing Right! Beginner and Intermediate. US Sailing highly recommends working with your local school district to implement standards based programming in your area.