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Kids Aboard Academic Boat Building Workshop Syllabus

PLEASE NOTE: This is a SAMPLE syllabus, which has been applied to an award-winning workshop that we conducted at a public school in Florida.

Our workshops are custom tailored to meet the needs of each group. The workshop may incorporate academic subjects such as math, science, marine science, physics, history, geography, art, music, maritime history & navigation, literature & language arts, etc.

Other areas of emphasis are team building, promoting the boating & sailing sport & lifestyle, and community projects.

The main focus of the Kids Aboard Boat Building Workshop is:

A) To emphasize how academics are used in real life activities and projects.

B) To show how important it is to concentrate on work and do the best work possible.

C) To promote team work where every individual is important.

D) To demonstrate how academics can be fun and used in fun and meaningful ways.

E) To emphasize that the preservation of water and the marine environment is vital to life on earth.

F) Safety and intelligence on the water is extremely important.

G) To provide a meaningful introduction to boating & sailing through "ownership" of the boating experience.

The general syllabus we outline below is set upon a weekly basis.

Day 1- The history of boat design and blueprint studies, some simple math, trans-Atlantic exploration, the survival of the first European settlers.

The introduction to the boat building will begin with a demo/lecture on safety and tool operation, with some practice hammering nails.

Play songs and sing with the guitar.

Day 2- Quick review of the previous activities and lessons. More in-depth study of math (measuring, adding, subtracting, fractions, etc) as related to our blueprints. Social Studies: Introduction to Map Studies. Language arts (reports of early American settlers, journaling about the workshop etc.), put the hulls of the boats and paddles together.

Play songs and sing with the guitar.

Day 3- Quick review of the previous activities and lessons. Practice more math to a higher level. Social Studies: Map Studies.

Also:

Share and edit reports.

Continue journaling.

Add the decks and mast steps to the boats.

Introduce science (physical & environmental related to boats and marine life).

Play songs and sing with the guitar.

Day 4- Quick review of the previous activities and lessons.

Also:

Share and edit reports.

Continue journaling.

Complete boats with lee boards, rudders, hardware and sails.

Brainstorm activities to use the boats for (science/experiments, competitions, etc).

Brainstorm art designs/color schemes and names for the boats.

Paint primer (white).

Play songs and sing with the guitar.

Day 5- Quick review of the previous activities and lessons

Share reports

Paint boats

Journal and share journals

Play songs and sing with the guitar.

We would be glad to answer any questions you may have about tailoring our workshop to your group's ages & levels.

Kids Aboard Workshops, Inc.
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