Treasure Island Sailing Center’s STEM Program for San Francisco elementary students reached a major milestone in May: Over 3,500 Fourth Graders have now learned, explored and sailed on Clipper Cove. The St. Francis Sailing Foundation was a major donor.
In 2013 TISC launched the pilot for a unique, STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) experiential learning program called Set Sail Learn. This program, designed to meet 4th grade California core standards, is a one-day exploration trip incorporating curriculum-aligned science and math learning, together with sailing on San Francisco Bay.
Last October the St. Francis Sailing Foundation announced a partnership with TISC to continue the program, providing San Francisco fourth graders with the opportunity for STEM learning while opening the door to San Francisco Bay, sailing and environmental stewardship at no cost to the schools. This StFSF Fall 2015 grant was a major milestone in reaching our Spring 2016 milestone of 3,566 kids through the SSL Program.
While referred to as a “hand on” experience, Set Sail Learn is really a “hands-in” program as you can see from these photos of 4th graders from Tenderloin Elementary School. The sailing part of the program is what makes it unique. And connects the kids to Mother Nature while establishing them as stewards of “their” bay. The action in and around the activity center, however, is also a big part of the lessons. Because no chairs, plenty of physical activity and a highly interactive curriculum makes for fun, memorable learning.
- “Set Sail Learn engages the different learning modalities of the kids, visual, kinetic, song, dance and sailing.”
- “I saw this program touch every part of each of my children. Thank you so much for allowing my native San Franciscans to really experience the Bay.”
- “The best day of my life.”
- “I got to steer the boat.”
- “I’m crabby, day had to end.”
Another star of the program is Clipper Cove itself. Same rule applies here as with all sailing on SF Bay: “you can never be sure what you’ll see, however you WILL see something swimming, floating or flying that’s a keeper for your memory banks”.
Along with the fish and wildlife, Clipper Cove also serves up curiosity-building views of San Francisco, Yerba Buena Island (its long-time-ago name is HERE), and the new Bay Bridge super-structure.
Of course a bit of excitement aboard an RS Venture sailboat always goes a long way to score big with 4th graders. In fact a number of SSL graduates have signed up for summer sailing lessons at TISC. Interested? You can find out more and register here.Set Sail Learn Session 5, Spring of 2016, is in the log books; our focus has now turned to summer programs. Teachers interested in registering for the next SSL session can use this Fall 2016 SSL Registration Form.
I’ll wrap up this blog with a few statistics on our Set Sail Learn program and the number of Bay Area residents who sail, kayak and paddle board at TISC on Clipper Cove.
- 3,566 elementary kids from 31 San Francisco public schools have attended 135 SSL classes since the program was launched in the Fall of 2013. These kids came from all 11 SF school districts.
- Last year TISC served approximately 3,800 sailors, kayakers and paddlers. Most from San Francisco, others from all parts of the Bay Area. All walks of life. Nearly 15,000 over last 5 years.
Regards from On The Cove, Dave G
In the wake:
Here are links to previous Set Sail Learn blogs with more smiles from San Francisco Public School kids.
- TISC Marks Milestone: 3,566 4th Graders on Clipper Cove July 3, 2016
- Francis Sailing Foundation Grant Launches Set Sail Learn December 13, 2015
- I Got to Steer the Boat October 13, 2015
- Now THIS is the life ! June 8, 2015
- Gordon Lau Elementary Maps SF Bay History April 23, 2015
- FSK Students Sail, Play Crab Games On Clipper Cove October 25, 2014
- Cleveland and Feinstein Schools on Clipper Cove May 12, 2014
- JYC Kids’ Crabby Day at TISC October 13, 2013