Learning to code through sailing!
CBI-RoboSail combines robotics and sailing into an exciting engineering challenge! Kids will program a model sailboat (1 m long, 2 m tall) to sail a course. Our students will learn new skills in computer programming, electronics, and mechanisms. They will deepen their understanding of the physical principles and strategies involved in sailing by creating algorithms that translate their sailing knowledge into code for a robot.
Environmental Science Program
Community Boating’s Environmental Science program is a STEM program which utilizes sailing as a vessel to explore environmental science, engineering, technology, and math. This program is based off of U.S. Sailing’s REACH curriculum, which is a STEM education program created through collaboration between classroom teachers and sailing instructors. Students will have a chance to participate in several experiential learning activities such as building their own anemometer, exploring buoyancy by building clay boats, and learning about weather patterns by creating clouds-in-a-jar. In addition, students will learn about environmental conservation and protecting the flora and fauna of the Charles River.
Science in Sailing: How are science and sailing connected? Sailing lends itself to covering many learning standards included in the Massachusetts State Science and Mathematics curriculum. These basic concepts are included in all of our introductory, intermediate, and advanced youth sailing classes:
- What is wind? What gases contribute to its’ movement? (Earth and Space Science)
- Weather observations (Earth and Space Science)
- Potential/Kinetic Energy- Slowing down and speeding up a sailboat, maintaining enough speed to tack or gybe (Physical Sciences)
- Understanding speed and momentum of a sailboat, avoiding obstacles (Physical Sciences)
- Simple machines on a boat or on a dock such as a pulley, a wedge, or a lever (Technology)
- How does lift make a sailboat move forward? (Technology and Physics)
- Discuss properties of a boat and how they effectively work together to complete a task (Engineering)
- What design features and shapes make a boat buoyant? (Engineering)
- Use an understanding of angles to successfully navigate an upwind course (Mathematics)