John Yehall Chin Elementary School Students Mark the 4,244 SSL Milestone at TISC
Combine wind, water, sailboats, hands, straws, paper, tape and life-savers with 33 John Yehall Chin Elementary School students. Add seaweed, mix well. Check out the results – smiles, creative seaweed math, and a major SSL Milestone: the 4,244 4th grader on Clipper Cove.
The docks are out and the winds are cool on Clipper Cove these days. As we wind down a year filled with kids smiles and progress on preserving much of the Cove for future generations, we also wanted to share additional smiles and fun times that marked the seventh Set Sail Learn session since we first launched the pilot program for this unique STEM experiential learning program four years ago.
Designed to meet 4th grade California core standards, SSL is a one-day exploration trip incorporating curriculum-aligned science and math learning along with sailing on San Francisco Bay. Teachers can select lesson plans featuring Renewable Energy, Ecology of the Bay or Marine History. The JYC day featured wind energy.
The activity center hosts half the kids for the morning session. It combines a little bit of lecture, with most time spent on interactive discussion, design challenges and of course “finals”.
The challenge – build the fastest (or perhaps “stiffest” in sailing jargon) craft using only paper, life-savers, straws and tape. A great time for thinking, creating, engineering and fun.
Unique wind cars waiting for the start of their first race. And after the start.
Some times the kids “crash and burn” in the activity center. Not that different from learning life lessons (such as self confidence) in our summer session progression program.
Team work is stressed during the design build phase of the competition. Another life skill also learned on the water as well.
Same goes for communications, goal setting and leadership – direct parallels between STEM lessons learned in the SSL activity center and life lessons learned on Clipper Cove.
While half the students are building wind cars, the other half head out to Clipper Cove. RS Venture sailboats are ideal for our “hands-on-the-bay” programs – stable, sporty and roomyClipper Cove always serves up views, water and wildlife. Students, learn and experience directions, scale and mother nature. Never sure who (or what) will swim past or fly by, but something will.
Smiles and “hands-in-the-water” experiences on Clipper Cove are the norm, if you’ve seen our previous SSL Blogs. As a kid on the water, likely for the first time, how can that not be.
This day, however, something new appeared on deck. A “new math” based on seaweed. I didn’t have a chance to interview the creative team directly, so not sure the rules for this new system. Whatever they were, I did sense interest, attentiveness and focus.
Other boats were also exploring this new math.
Here are a few more of the smiles that reflected off the Cove.
And speaking of the cove, some
NASH BRIDGES, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, Serena Scott Thomas, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jamie Gomez, (Season 1), 1996-2001, © Rysher Entertainment
parents or grandparents may remember Nash Bridges – the detective show back in the day just before TISC was founded – mid-1990’s. Remember these guys?
Even if you do, you may not have known their headquarters was atop the TI administration building. Overlooking both San Francisco Bay and Clipper Cove.
And what a view of the Cove !
At the conclusion of the Fall 2016 SSL session, 4,244 SFUSD students attended 161 Set Sail Learn classes at TISC on Clipper Cove. They represented 35 schools over the last four years. The grant received from St. Francis Sailing Foundation last fall was a game changer for TISC and SFUSD 4th graders. It officially launched the program; enabling the jump from pilot to a fully staffed program that delivers 50+ classes per year – at no charge to the schools.
The StFSF grant funds about half of the classes. TISC raises the other half through public and private grants along with individual donations. Each SSL class costs approximately $1,500. If you are able and inclined to make an investment in the future of our children, please consider making a donation to the TISC annual fund – every donation helps no matter how much you are able to invest. If you act by December 31, 2016 your donations, up to $12,500, will be matched dollar for dollar. You can DONATE HERE.
Regards from On the cove, Dave G
In the wake:
Thanks and a tip-of-the-hat to the parent who took the excellent photos of the “wind racers” in the activity center – much appreciated.
Also – if you are a parent, relative or teacher of a child in Jonathan Cheung’s class and would like to see more photos of their SSL day at TISC on Clipper Cove let us know and we’ll send you a password-protected link to high-res photos with more kids’ smiles. Email: daveg (at) onclippercove (dot) com