An important aspect of STEM and Sailing is Environmental Education. Challenge yourself, your students, and your program to go green as we all work together to keep our waters blue. Remember, as educators we are role models in words and our actions!
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OCEAN LITERACY PRINCIPLES
US Sailing is committed to providing quality STEM opportunities that build scholars who are college and career ready utilizing the maritime tradition and rich local marine environment. We hope to realize a vision for education through the sport of sailing in which students, over multiple years of school, are actively engaged in enriching scientific and engineering practices through crosscutting concepts, that lead to college and career aspirations.The learning experiences provided engage students with fundamental questions about the world, provide challenging field based experiences in the local marine and community environment, and create direct connections to relevant science locally and globally.
OCEAN LITERATE STUDENTS
US Sailing’s Reach Program & curriculum reflect the principles set forth by “Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences K – 12” published in June 2005 by the National Geographic Society, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Ad-ministration, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, National Marine Educators Association, College of Exploration. (www.oceanliteracy .org)
An ocean-literate person: understands the Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts about the functioning of the ocean; can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way; and is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.
The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences:
- The Earth has one big ocean with many features.
- The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth.
- The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
- The ocean makes Earth habitable.
- The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
- The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
- The ocean is largely unexplored.