Teachers Set Sail

Teachers Set Sail


The world’s flooded with all kinds of teaching conferences, but not many that give their attendees a chance to literally get their feet wet! Joe Youcha sent us a ship-to-shore telegram about Teaching with Small Boats, which begins today at the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. This unique conference takes learning out onto the water. From the overview:

Try the helm of a radio-controlled sailboat, row a St. Ayles skiff, or learn about boat design software at the IT Workshop. Learn strategies for teaching steam bending or oar making.  Build a foil boat and try techniques for teaching about displacement and volume calculations.  Take a look at some indigenous watercraft. Attend a panel discussion about a topic of interest. Be sure to find time to enjoy what Mystic Seaport has to offer; tour the Shipyard and explore the boats in the Mill House.  Take advantage of the event to sharpen your tools, recharge, and catch up with old friends.

Conference attendees get to know the ropes with these intriguing talks and hands-on workshops:

  • Model Boats as Teaching Tools
  • How to Teach Steam Bending
  • Exploring Archimedes Principle with Foil Boats
  • Pilot Gigs & Whaleboats
  • Building & Using SeaPerch ROVs
  • Oarmaking
  • “Marinizing” the Common Core Standards
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Michelle, or Binka, makes . While at Maker Media, she oversaw publications, outreach, and programming for kids, families, and schools. Before joining Maker Media in 2007, she worked at the Exploratorium, in Mitchel Resnick’s Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, and as a curriculum designer for various publishers and educational researchers. When she’s not supporting future makers, including her two young sons, Binka does some making of her own, most often as a visual artist.

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