To provide an exciting hands on multi-disciplinary learning experience for students of all ages.
We use unmanned mini-sailboats equipped with GPS tracking devices to study ocean and wind patterns and much more. These five foot mini-boats need no outside assistance and will sail directly downwind month after month. As these boats travel the oceans of the world to faraway lands students will have the opportunity to learn and improve their skills in the following:
- Map reading
- Earth science
- Naval architecture
- Boat building
- International relations
What Makes This Program Unique?
It’s a school wide project from grade school through high school including schools of technology. Vocational students produce the boats from naval architect drawings and foreign language students will be talking to students abroad to arrange for their boat’s rescue or recovery. Grade school kids will learn as their boats follow the courses of the early explorers to the new world. This program includes school assemblies and Maine Maritime Academy Day where students deliver their boats to the Captain, tour the academy and meet with admissions.
- Introductory school assembly
- Maine Maritime Day
- Launching from the Maine Maritime Academy training ship
- Photos of your launch and your boat sailing off to distant lands
- Communications from the training ship’s captain and officers
- Access to ships log
- Ongoing support, guidance, and assistance through out the voyage
- Assistance with retrieval
Flexibility and Community Boats
We want this project to be as exciting and meaningful for students as we can possibility make it. It’s my job as manager is to make each voyage as interesting as we can. We will work with you to customize a plan for you. If you don’t want to launch off the State of Maine training ship we might be able to launch your boat off a freighter leaving a port near you or even get it launched off a NOAA research vessel and have your boat participate in meaningful oceanography studies with NOAA or the fishing industry. You can also do a “community boat” and share a boat with another school or organization and reduce your costs significantly. Another way to reduce costs is to have your school or organization put one of our kit boats together. This makes a great vocational school project and really gets your students and the whole school to take “ownership” of this hands-on learning opportunity.
Costs (effective July 1, 2014 and subject to change)
Complete boat with GPS $ 2,000
Kit boat with GPS $1,500
About Educational Passages
We are now a Maine Non-profit Corporation with an extremely knowledgeable board of directors. Our directors include 2 ship captains, a NOAA research oceanographer, Maine Maritime Academy professor, educators, a businessman, and a solo sailor. We are an enthusiastic group having fun with the common goal of providing the best and most exciting hands on learning opportunities we can for students.
Atlantic Relations and Research Regatta
Fall 2016 Schools from Florida to Newfoundland, Belgium, France, Portugal, the Azores, Canary Islands, Spain and hopefully the Caribbean will work together and with local marine experts launching oceanography projects, 5ft unmanned sailing vessels called miniboats, and monitoring the Atlantic Ocean currents and wind cycle.All of the boats in this regatta will have a GPS unit aboard, sending real time data to satellites, communicating position, relative speed of travel, and weather’s effects on the ocean surface. We at Educational Passages are hoping to involve as many students and experts as possible. Caribbean support has not been located and as many miniboats are predicted to sail through that area we welcome partner(s) suggestions. Your help spreading this information through student networks could inspire future oceanographers or generate the needed connection to help launch, recover, or re-launch a miniboat, possibly off a coast near you! See flyer for more information and a picture of the miniboat.
For more information on Educational Passages or to receive periodic updates, email Founding Director Dick Baldwin firstname.lastname@example.org or Education Coordinator Ari email@example.com.