Urban Boatbuilders partners with local middle schools, high schools and youth-serving agencies to deliver academically enhanced boatbuilding instruction.
Engaging students in the boatbuilding process through Urban Boatbuilders is a proven strategy for youth to learn, practice, and apply academic concepts in a challenging and innovative hands-on environment that complements classroom learning. Boatbuilding projects also help youth develop 21st Century, Social Emotional, and Leadership Skills that lead to a finished boat and immense pride.
Through the boatbuilding process, students put STEM skills to work as they follow building plans, use specialized tools and materials, and solve problems. Whether applying techniques of angle and length measurements or understanding the chemical properties that make a boat waterproof and durable, students have the chance to learn and develop a variety of skills in a firsthand, experiential way. Projects are individualized to challenge students of middle or high school age no matter their academic level and developmental stage. Boatbuilding is an unconventional yet unique way of engaging students who have not found success in a more traditional classroom settings.
Urban Boatbuilders brings the tools, materials, and an instructor to your site. You provide the students, space (wood shop not required) and staff support. As lumber is transformed into a finished boat throughout the duration of the course, students also undergo significant technical, social and emotional development and develop 21st century skills. The culmination of the course is a boat launch, where students get to put their newly built boat in the water for its first paddle. After the boat is complete, it’s yours to keep.
Click here to review the details of our 2016-2017 partnership offerings. For more information, please contact us at 651-644-9225 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you to craft a program that builds your students and fits your needs and schedule.
“This hands on learning allows my students to feel successful. They are successful, but they don’t necessarily understand that just by looking at the results of a math quiz. They have to feel it, and when they put their hands on the work, that allows them to interact with understanding their own growth.”
–Kent Miller, Parkway Middle School