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Reach - US Sailing's STEM Program Newsletter
In this issue - 2014 Year in Review, A word from our programs, and Resources
December, 2014
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About US Sailing's Reach Program
US Sailing’s REACH Program utilizes sailing as an educational platform, challenging youth to embrace education, establish a love of learning and explore productive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based careers. Combining educators, sailing instructors, engineers, scientists with today’s youth to provide them with a one of a kind authentic learning experience, giving students the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a cooperative work environment.

If you have implemented Reach anywhere in your program please fill out this form!

2014 Year in Review

"My vision is that it introduces young sailors into the many variables of sailing, weather, equipment, and its use, in a simplistic understandable and mathematical way, one step at a time." -Jim Kilroy on his inspiration for US Sailing's Reach Program.

2014 exceeded expectations for Reach. Here are some highlights:
  • Over 10,000 students participated in the Reach program at over 300 schools and sailing centers.
  • 141 educators attended the Reach – STEM Educator Course at 12 courses hosted by yacht clubs, sailing centers, and partners throughout the US.
  • Five grants were awarded to sailing centers implementing Reach with clear identified partners and matching funds.
  • 16 scholarships were awarded to teachers and sailing instructors for the STEM Educator Course.
  • Rolex, Groupe Beneteau, and Gill North America contributed to the Reach program in support of STEM and sailing for youth.
  • The TK Foundation awarded Reach a grant to develop a student portfolio book in 2015 which aligns to the 10 Reach modules  and tracks student performance using inquiry based instruction. This is a creative way for youth to collect and analyze their own data leading to individual solutions to today’s problems.
  • The Bonnell Cove Foundation awarded the Reach program a grant to develop two new environmentally based modules for the middle school level.
  •  Through the support of the John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation, youth participating in USODA nationals participated in the first Sailing through STEM Night at California Yacht Club. Over 250 youth participated in 12 STEM stations hosted by Life Sail, US Sailing Center Long Beach, Heal the Bay, Team Marine, Loyola Marymount University, Algalita, LA Astronomy all featuring STEM and Sailing in relation to Reach.
  • Partnering with Tall Ships America Port Festivals in Dan Point and San Diego, CA youth participated in the Reach simple Machines Scavenger Hunt.
  • Partnering with NMEA youth at Strictly Sail Chicago participated in the Reach Simple Machine Scavenger Hunt. Industry leaders held a de-brief for youth highlighting simple machines throughout the show and awarding prized to participants.
  • The Reach program was a contributing sponsor of the 2014 Ocean Literacy Summit.
  • Partnered with the National Sailing Hall of Fame for the 2014 Learning Math and Science Through STEM and Sailing Consortium.
  • Partnered with the VOLVO Ocean Race Newport Stopover providing curriculum for STEM and Sailing for Middle School classrooms.

Reach in the Media
  • Women of Color Magazine (Fall, 2014)  The Downtown Sailing Center partners with You Make A Difference STEMMA Inc. Summer Sailing in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor – Read More
  • The Breeze, (June 2014) The Vision of US Sailing’s Reach Program: Read the full interview with Mr. Jim Kilroy in California Yacht Club’s monthly newsletter, Breeze. Read More
  • Charleston Regional Business Journal (April 2014) Sailing through Science South Carolina Educators learn how to use sailing concepts such as deciphering wind speed data and underwater mapping to better prepare students for the workforce during a program at Charleston Race Week.

NESS SEA Americorps Program Underway in New London, CT 

By Cindy Nickerson, NESS Executive Director and Mary Ann Horrigan, NESS Program Director

While sailing along in Captain Nick on a sunny October day with a cool, steady breeze, a student from the Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School STEM Academy throws her arms in the air exclaiming, “I feel like I can do anything!”  These are the rewarding moments when all sailing instructors and NESS & NESS SEA educators can agree that sailing is a life-affirming, confidence-building sport founded in awesome STEM experiences. To read more click here!


If you have implemented Reach anywhere in your program please register your program with Reach by completeing this form!

Campers Make Great Strides at Sailing Camp: Young Mariners Sailing Program

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Photo Credit : Young Mariners Foundation

Almost 70 campers attended both the Blue Water Bound Summer Sailing Camps and the Greenwich Young Mariners Sailing Program this past summer. They not only learned how to sail, but also received academic enrichment utilizing the Reach Curriculum for Middle Schools. This resulted in a significant and sustained boost in their knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects relating to sailing, according to Young Mariners Executive Director, Marilyn Shapiro. Reprinted from Young Mariners Fall 2014 Compass Newsletter  To read more click here!

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The Community Sailing Center’s (CSC) Floating Classroom is an educational program using sailing as a medium to teach place-based science and stewardship. Our programs are 3 hours long where groups split half the day sailing and the other half on shore doing hands-on experiential science and stewardship lessons.

Education Director, Ryan Robinson works with classroom teachers and school district curriculum coordinators to design and implement the program to fit each teacher’s needs. Now in its 6th year, Floating Classrooms has had the most successful programming to date. Floating classrooms has incorporated modules from US Sailing’s Reach curriculum since 2012. To read more click here!


Reach at NSPS

The National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) is the premier event for sailing education in the United States. NSPS is the only conference of its kind that brings together program directors, instructors, volunteers, parents and industry representatives to share and learn best practices with one another about running, maintaining and improving sailing programs.

Reach will be hosting a STEM Educator Course at the Doubletree Hilton on January 21st, 2015 instructed by Stephanie Webb and Jen Guimaraes. Register here!

John O'Flaherty, Jen Guimaraes, Stephanie Webb and Kurt Holland will be leading a breakout session on Thursday, January 22, 2015 on Reach Implementation. 

Jamie Jones, Katie Tinder, Eileen Fahmeier and Mark Zagol will be leading a breakout session on Saturday, January 24, 2015 on Engaging Non Racers: Desgination Sailing, STEM, and Exploration.


US Sailing's STEM Educator Course - Course Registration

“I certainly enjoyed my teaching experience with the Reach modules and the educators’ class...The STEM materials motivate even the most reluctant of our learners. But best of all, the learning is fun!" - Celia Oprinovich, Chicago Public Schools & Indiana Sailing Association.

Register your local middle school teachers and sailing instructors.

Upcoming Courses
NSPS 1/21
Philadelphia (Tall Ships America Conference) 2/10

Host a course at your sailing center. Reach out to your local teachers, sailing instructors, and informal educators about attending a STEM Educator Course. Hosts should be able to guarantee 8-10 participants. Contact Jessica Servis to host a STEM Educator Course or fill out this form.
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