US Sailing’s STEM Education Series

REACH Educator Guide Middle School, Modules 1-10

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The first book in US Sailing’s STEM Education Series, REACH Educator Guide Middle School, Modules 1-10 is your complete resource guide to integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with the sport of sailing in your middle school classroom or youth program.

Perfect for middle school teachers, sailing instructors, camp counselors, scout leaders, youth program instructors, environmental educators, parents, and home schoolers. The guide includes implementation and instructional designs as well as case studies from successful programs implementing REACH, updated modules 1-10, glossary, module correlations to the national education standards in math and science for middle school and the corresponding student sheets. The modules are designed to be easily implemented in a class period, one week camp, seasonal after school program, summer sailing program, field trips, and learn to sail programs.

Interested in implementing REACH? Register for the REACH 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.

US Sailing’s most successful STEM education programs implement the REACH program in a variety of ways. The modules consist of on-the-water, off-the-water, and classroom based learning activities. Students participating in the REACH program have a unique opportunity to apply classroom learning to their local environment incorporating the great sport of sailing.

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 modules are correlated to National Education Standards in science and math, as well as Learn Sailing Right! Beginner and Intermediate.



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?”