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US Sailing's REACH Newsletter
October, 2013

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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.

“All sailing is really about science and math,” says John O’Flaherty, executive director of Community Boating Center in Providence, RI.

“You’re immersed in it, whether you realize it or not.” To capitalize on that connection, the boating center teamed up with Providence After School Alliance to tie what kids experience on the water to what they’re doing in science and math at school.

- See more at: http://blogs.ptc.com/2013/10/29/u-s-sailing-brings-science-and-engineering-to-kids/#sthash.hRsNC

“All sailing is really about science and math,” says John O’Flaherty, executive director of Community Boating Center in Providence, RI.

“You’re immersed in it, whether you realize it or not.” To capitalize on that connection, the boating center teamed up with Providence After School Alliance to tie what kids experience on the water to what they’re doing in science and math at school.

- See more at: http://blogs.ptc.com/2013/10/29/u-s-sailing-brings-science-and-engineering-to-kids/#sthash.hRsNCzih.dpuf

US Sailing Brings Science and Engineering to Kids

US Sailing Brings Science and Engineering to Kids
“All sailing is really about science and math,” says John O’Flaherty, executive director of Community Boating Center in Providence, RI. “You’re immersed in it, whether you realize it or not.”

The boating center teamed up with the Providence After School Alliance to connect these kids' experiences on the water to what they are doing in science and math at school. Read the complete blog from PTC, a Massachusetts based STEM company.
               
5th graders at the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center’s Floating Classroom’s "Lake and Me" Program worked with the Rozalia Project on some very successful data cleanups…and had fun too!

Send in Your Marine Debris Data to Rozalia Project! (REACH Module 6)
Marine debris is a problem that affects all sailors - from lakes and rivers to the sea. In Module 6, US Sailing teamed up with Rozalia Project, as students to contributed to an ongoing marine debris data collection and research project.
 
Marine Debris Research from Rozalia Project points to patterns in debris locations and concentrations based on weather and human use, which identify specific pollutants in our waterways. 
 
Join schools and sailing centers nationwide and send in your data from your marine debris clean-ups. This fall, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center added a 10-minute marine debris cleanup to each of their classes and submitted their data. Their action resulted in 199 students picking up over 2,500 pieces of trash!

We want to hear from you! Download the data card. Submit the data Google Form  or email a photo of your data card to data@rozaliaproject.org.
STEM Educator Courses

Since June of this year, US Sailing held  five STEM Educator Courses, training 47 educators from seven states on a variety of disciplines. The revenue generated from the courses helps support the REACH program and future scholarships for educators. Courses were held in Providence, R.I., New York, N.Y., Miami, Fla., Stonington, Conn., and Baltimore, Md. Thanks to the Kilroy Grant, we were able to offer 18 educators scholarships.

2014 Dates and Locations

  • January 25th - Register for Strictly Sail Chicago
  • February 5 - Register for the course prior to the Sailing Leadership Forum in San Diego

Host a 2014 course at your sailing center.
REACH out to your local teachers, sailing instructors, and informal educators about hosting a STEM Educator Course. Hosts should be able to guarantee 8-10 participants. Those who  register 10 or more attendees will receive two scholarships. Email US Sailing REACH Coordinator Jessica Servis if you are interested in hosting a course.

REACH Publications
The REACH Educator Guide, a guide to implementing REACH at your sailing center or in your middle school classroom, is now available for purchase through the US Sailing Store.

The REACH Educator Guide Middle School Modules 1-10 includes implementation and instructional designs, updated modules 1-10, glossary, and the corresponding student sheets. It is a must have for your library of resources! View and online copy.

Retail Price - $59.95 
US Sailing Member Price - $49.95

Order your copy today.
Looking Ahead
  • REACH grant information for 2014 will be posted in December.
  • Be sure to check out the two REACH sessions at the US Sailing Leadership Forum in February:
- The Business of REACH - Panel discussion on funding with John O'Flaherty, Spike Lobdell
- REACHing into STEM with Math, Science and ROVs with Rachel Miller, Jessica Servis
US Sailing Member Benefit
Boat show areas will be provided to any interested US Sailing member classes at no charge to the class. This special membership benefit is for class associations only. Contact Kevin Murphy for more information. In addition to exhibit space, free space is available for class meetings. To schedule a meeting room, contact Patty Lawrence.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 28. US Sailing members can log into their “My US Sailing” account to receive a promo code for 20 percent off adult tickets. Children ages 15 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
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