US Sailing’s STEM Education Series
Reach Educator Guide Middle School, Modules 1-10
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Module 11: Microscopic Mysteries
“What “invisible” creatures live where we sail?”
Created by: Community Boating Center located in Providence, Rhode Island
Summary: Students construct plankton nets; collect plankton samples and learn to use microscopes to identify microscopic plants and animals in the samples.
Module 12: Basin Geology (Fresh Water)
“How did the landscape around me form and how will it impact where I can sail?”
Created by: Community Sailing Center located in Burlington, Vermont
Summary: Students use map-making to aid their understanding of their surrounding landscape and community. They will explore concepts relating to sedimentary rocks, mountain-building, erosion, and watersheds. They gain a new perspective on their community and environment by building a watershed and drawing conclusions about the effects of pollution and the water cycle. They can apply their knowledge of the landscape around them to predict weather and determine safe areas to sail.
Module 13: Trawling for Change
“What does science have to do with Seafood?”
Created by: New England Science and Sailing located in Stonington, Connecticut
Summary: As sailors, we find that the ocean is a source of inspiration, recreation, rejuvenation and discovery. From the ocean and inland waters we also get foods, medicines, and mineral and energy resources. In addition, it provides jobs, supports our nation’s economy, serves as a highway for transportation of goods and people, and plays a role in national security. In fact, fish supports 1 billion people around the world for protein! Through the following fishery activities, students will gain a broad understanding of just how important seafood is in our life. Students will explore sustainable ways to determine the amount and the way we can harvest fish where it does little to no harm to the environment, but leaves enough fish in the water for the population to renew itself.
Goals of the 6 session course – you will be able to:
1. Program a robotic sailboat to do sailing tasks ranging from simple maneuvers to sailing a course autonomously
2. Code in C in the Arduino development environment,
3. Use a variety of electronic sensors and interface them with the computer
4. Create algorithms that translate sailing knowledge into code for a robot
Module 17: Navigating Underwater Hazards
“What is hanging on to my rudder?”
Summary: Students take a closer look at the marine debris results they found in Module 6: Marine Debris. They
examine the origin of their local debris and where it is headed. Students also explore water hazards
created by debris. They look at international debris and local debris.
Module 18: A Sailor’s Environmental Footprint
“How am I impacting our waters and environment?”
Summary: Students take an in depth look at their own environmental impact and evaluate ways to change their behavior. In Part II they sail to a “Lunch Spot” and examine their environmental impact as a group. In Part III, students look at environmental impact in different regions and sail centers across the US. In Part IV, students plan a green regatta.
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.
Reach: Middle School Modules 1-10
|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.
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.