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Consortium News for September 12, 2012



NSHOF Receives Grant for Elementary School Science Initiative PDF Print

Annapolis, MD - The Eastport Yacht Club Foundation (EYCF) has given NSHOF a grant to develop and pilot an Elementary School "In-School" Science Field Trip Program. The Anne Arundel County Public Schools STEM program has added their support to this initiative.

This coming Spring, the program will pilot in three local elementary schools, delivering hands-on science connecting the Chesapeake Bay and Sailing/Boating. It will include teacher activities to enable eduators to continue these science lessons in their classrooms.

The grant will also facilitate a late Spring on-the-water experience for select students who participate in the "In-School" Science Field Trip.

Following the pilot, EYCF and NSHOF will make the curriculum and project plan from this initiative available to Consortium participants, designed so that it can be easily replicated in your area.


 
Speakers Set for National Consortium Conference PDF Print

Annapolis, MD -The 3rd Annual Learning Math & Science Through Sailing Consortium Conference will take place in Annapolis on Friday, October 5th at the United States Naval Academy Robert Crown Sailing Center. The three principal speakers will bring unique perspectives to understanding ways to include STEM lessons in your sailing program. Consortium organizations are encouraged to bring multiple representatives.

Registration is required by September 27th. The event fee is $20 per person including a box lunch. A Social Hour will begin at 10 AM and the program will run from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Click here to register online for the NATIONAL Conference in Annapolis.

The speakers for this year include:

Dr. Richard KorpusDr. Richard Korpus, Naval Architect and Aerospace Engineer, left Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in 2000 to start Annapolis-based Applied Fluid Technologies. His firm specializes in using state-of the art aerodynamic and hydrodynamic design tools to optimize America's Cup yachts. Dr. Korpus directed the aerodynamics program for BMW/Oracle Racing for three years. He has been part of four America's Cup design teams (including 2 Louis Vuitton finalists and the winner of AC33). In August he was a speaker during NSHOF's STEM Sailing Engineering course for incoming high school sophomores and juniors. His presentation will include ways to teach the physics, aerodynamics and hydronamics of sailing to your students in concert with the America's Cup competition.

Doug WilsonDoug Wilson, Oceanographer, recently retired from NOAA to start consulting firm Caribbean Wind LLC. He designed and established the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS), an observation system that provides critical information for boaters, scientists, environmental managers and educators. Doug is a racing sailor who served on the Boards of the US J24 Association and the US Optimist Dinghy Association. His presentation will demonstrate the exciting advances to climate observation programs and ocean observation systems presented by technology.

Dr. Angela MoranDr. Angela Moran, United States Naval Academy Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the USNA STEM Program, has led her colleagues in the development of extensive STEM offerings including SeaPerch Underwater Robotics, Summer STEM Camps, and Expaning Your Horizons for middle school girls. Dr. Moran will brief participants on the importance of STEM initiatives to the nation and the USNA and will share the array of unique opportunities the USNA offers to students of all grade levels including their new sailing component. Many of these programs are available to your program's participants as USNA camps.

Jessica ServisNEW   Jessica Servis is a Special Education specialist and a mom whose passion for engaging youngsters in sailing has led her to move from a small New Jersey sailing program to the U.S. Sailing staff. She will introduce the U.S. Sailing REACH Initiative designed to add STEM content to middle school Learn to Sail programs across the nation. Five pilots of this program are underway nationwide.

dr andrew johnstonNEW   Andrew Johnston is a Geographer and Research Specialist at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He is one of the curators of the March 2013 exhibit "Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There."  He will share the content and creation of this exhibit that touches fundamental aspects of the evolution of sailing navigation.

EVENT SCHEDULE:
10 AM - Social Hour and Check-In
11 AM - Welcome and Presentation One
12:30 PM - Box Lunch and Socializing
1:15 PM - Additional Presentations
2:45 PM - Discussion Groups
3:45 PM - Closing

YOU CAN STILL REGISTER ONLINE. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no automobile access to the USNA for this event.

Here are some PDF files you will find invaluable if you plan on attending:

Logistical Details (PDF) including getting to Annapolis, Parking and Robert Crown Sailing Center.

Walking Maps of USNA (PDF) including the location of Boat Show Parking, the Robert Crown Sailing Center, and key stops for the free Circulator Trolley.

Accommodation Options including area hotels and B&Bs, if you need a room.

We encourage you to join the Consortium before registering for the Conference. There is no cost to register - Join the Consortium now - click here.

If you have additional questions please contact Consortium Coordinator  Susan Namias, NSHOF Education Director - email.


 
Partnering with a University - Schooner Inc. PDF Print

New Haven, CT -  Consortium participants are always looking for ways to enhance and/or build an academic dimension for their sailing programs. Schooner Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut demonstrates a unique and highly successful partnership. Schooner Inc.'s slogan is ‘Schooner…more than just a tall ship!’ Spend ten minutes on the Schooner Inc website and you’ll wonder if they have a staff of 100. However in a conversation with Kristen Andrews, Executive Director, one learns that the key is partnering with the Marine Biology department at the University of New Haven and its dynamic chair, Dr. Carmella Cuomo.

Nicole teaching on board Schooner QuinnipiackTen years ago, Dr. Cuomo pioneered a Marine Biology department at the UNH. The department has since grown to include an expansive array of classroom and field study experiences.

UNH Student teaching aboard Quinnipiack

In 2008, Schooner Inc. and the department initiated curriculum building and a staffing partnership. New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound provide the setting for New Haven’s flagship the 91’ Schooner Quinnipiack, and a waterfront for sailing lessons (Optis & FJs), canoes, paddleboards and coastal studies. Schooner Inc. not only operates Quinnipiack and the waterfront but also a comprehensive marine science educational program both at their facilities and in schools across Connecticut, enhanced by the partnership.

Dr. Cuomo notes that UNH students come to Schooner Inc. with an enviable depth of knowledge but little or no experience teaching what they know. Kristen and her team train the UNH students to effectively share their knowledge in a marine classroom as well as engaging the youngsters.

Schooner QuinnipiackSchooner Quinnipiack

UNH students have helped build the multi-faceted content of the CT Coastal Classrooms curriculum and fill almost two-thirds of Schooner, Inc.’s summer staff requirements. Quinnipiack opens the UNH school year by taking marine biology students on a “get to know you classmates” sail. Kristen indicates that this is a special opportunity for Schooner Inc. to engage freshmen and keep them on the team through college. An important component of the UNH program is the exposure of students to all of the careers that can come from a degree in marine biology. Kristin is part of that effort.

Through the partnership, Schooner Inc. gains an enthusiastic young team with a depth of knowledge to continually strengthen their academic program. The UNH develops students with greater maturity, more self-assurance and excitement about their chosen field of study. Consortium participants are encouraged to check out the possibility of initiating a partnership with a local university to help develop lessons and teach whatever aspect of math and science you want to bring to your sailing program. www.schoonerinc.org – Kristen Andrews, Executive Director and Simon King-Trudeau, Education Coordinator.


 
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