Reach is a program started by US Sailing in 2012 to use sailing as an educational platform to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The goal of this program is simple: get kids sailing to teach them about science and technology through hands-on learning, and spark their curiosity for a career path and foster a lifelong commitment to protecting the planet. Over 400 sailing centers and school programs are using this curriculum, reaching over 200,000 kids since it started and growing each year!
There are 18 different lessons that range from: marine biology, to weather, to robotics. One of the newest lessons offered is focused on a “Sailor’s Environmental Footprint”, where students learn how everyday activities can impact the environment. Students learn how to incorporate sustainability into their own behavior, even down to how to pack a more sustainable lunch!
Currently, 11th Hour Racing supports the two regional Centers of Excellence the Reach program has established in the Northeast (Community Boating Center in Providence, RI) and in the Mid-Atlantic (Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore, MD) to serve as a hub to convene those teaching the program, to share best practices and new ideas. Just as a hub offers strength and support to a wheel through its spokes, each year mentoring sessions are held at these Centers of Excellence to continually improve Reach and create more impactful outcomes.
Thanks to all of the US Sailing Reach programs and instructors working hard every day to make science fun, create pathways and connections to our oceans and waterways through sailing. Together you are paving the way of a greener and bluer future for all of us.
For more information about the US Sailing Reach Program and how you can get involved check out reach.ussailing.org for more info!