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US Sailing's REACH Newsletter
August 29, 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.
Register for US Sailing's new STEM Educator Course
The STEM Educator Course: Middle School I is a one-day, eight-hour professional development/training opportunity for teachers and sailing instructors to learn how to implement US Sailing’s STEM program and curriculum called REACH. Upon completion, attendees will receive a US Sailing STEM Educator Course certificate including professional development hours.

"...I would highly recommend this program for any classroom or program that is looking to incorporate hands-on experiences when learning about math, technology, and science!" – Meghan Dutton North Kingston HS Teacher, CT

Register for US Sailing’s STEM Educator Course: Middle School I today. The course fee of $150 includes learning materials, and a personal copy of the 132-page REACH Educator Guide Middle School Modules 1-10.

Dates and Locations
9/21 Community Boating Center in Providence, Rhode Island
9/28 Edison Sailing Center in Fort Myers, FL.
10/25 Shake-A-Leg in Miami, Florida 
2/5/2014 Sailing Leadership Forum in San Diego, California

Educator Course Scholarships will be awarded to US Sailing Level 1 or higher instructors or formal teachers to attend US Sailing’s STEM Educator Course in the fall/winter of 2013. Applicants must be planning to implement REACH at their sailing center or school in 2014. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received. The 2013 Fall Scholarships Cycle will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

2013 Reach Program Scholarship Application - Click to download. Email completed applications to

A Note from Program Manager Jessica Servis
Fall sailing is quickly approaching. If you are running REACH as an after school program this fall pack the sailing in first and the inside activities towards the the end when the weather gets cooler. Now is also a good time to try a few one day REACH Camps from 10-4 on Saturdays. Start by implementing one module a day on Saturdays for 4 weeks. This a great way to generate revenue and get your instructors excited about REACH. You can even contact local youth programs to come and participate in Module 1.   

Are you implementing REACH at your yacht club or sailing center, let us know. Please email Jessica so we can add you to our list of programs on the REACH website. We can also provide you with any updates in curriculum or implementation ideas and project partners. Keep up the great work!

Photo submitted by Sea Affinity, where students from the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore participated in REACH.

Piers Park adds REACH to US Sailing's Red Book
Instructors at Piers Park Sailing Center in Boston Harbor add the Science of Sailing to their sailors little red books. The students receive a stamp when they have completed the corresponding REACH module or activity. Once students have collected all six stamps they receive a certificate. What a great way to incorporate REACH in your summer sailing program.

Thank You
Students around the country are participated in REACH this summer at their local sailing center. Below  is a thank you gift created by high school students from The MET after participating in US Sailing's REACH program at Community Boating Center (CBC) in Providence, Rhode Island. 

CBC provided instruction utilizing the REACH Educator Guide to 9th and 10th grade students. Students were able to learn about sailing and its logical educational extensions in a hands-on, experiential, waterfront classroom setting and on-board  Hunter 216 sailboats. Students were able to directly apply theoretical lessons to daily sailing adventures to make each lesson a memorable real life learning experience. Nice work CBC!

New Book - The REACH Educator Guide, an educator’s guide to implementing REACH at your sailing center or in your middle school classroom, is now available for purchase through 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. Order yours now, it is a must add to your library of resources! View

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

STEM Links to REACH Kids
How do the AC72s foil? - Cup Experience
Draw your own  Nautical Chart - NOAA Science Games

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