This month we thank our sponsors & partners, launch our Annual Appeal, and reflect on the 2,200+ kids smiles that shined from Clipper Cove in 2018. Many which came from SFUSD fourth-graders attending our Set Sail Learn STEM program.
And what’s not to smile about! The Fall weather was fantastic for learning STEM on Clipper Cove.
With light winds the students from Longfellow Elementary School focused on observing wildlife in the Cove and even had the opportunity to try their hands at paddling! To help promote our STEM programs in his local community, San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safai from District 11 dropped in see TISC and SSL in action! Students sailed on Clipper Cove creating smiles and experimented in our activity center satisfying their curiosity about physics.
The Longfellow Elementary students looked into “how boats float” and put their creativity on the line when they designed their own vessel and then tested it to see if it floated and could hold “passengers”. All part of the TISC “Introduction to Maritime History”. Success – it FLOATS!
While buoyancy keeps us afloat, it is the wind that powers our boats. And that’s just what the experiments run by students from Argonne Elementary demonstrated!
Putting their new-found knowledge to work, they then sailed in our J-24 fleet on Clipper Cove. More smiles! True “hands on” learning.
The Argonne kids wrapped up our Fall season, which brought the total number of SSL students to whopping 6,767 San Francisco Unified School District 4th graders served since 2013..
“Our day at TISC gave my students an opportunity to explore something they have never done before, and to work on skills outside the classroom. Many of my students had never been out on the water and were scared to go on the boats. When I asked the kids how they felt about their experience after their sail, the responses were overwhelmingly positive. They all want to do it again!” – W. Nadel, Argonne Elementary School
Many of these fourth graders would never have touched the waters of Clipper Cove, sailed a boat, learned about STEM first hand, or become excited supporters of our environment without the continued support of the St. Francis Sailing Foundation.
Spring 2019 will bring us even more smiling faces as we are expanding our reach to serve SFUSD 5th graders during our new program Sailing to Save the Seas. This expansion of our experiential STEM learning is made possible by NOAA’s Be Wet grant. Students will learn about their local watershed, marine debris, and research solutions to problems facing our Oceans today.
Thanks to YOUR support, TISC delivered over 24,000 hours of instruction. Please consider matching or exceeding your 2017 donation during this year’s Annual Appeal. Please DONATE TODAY.
Regards, from On the Cove, Dave G.
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