Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation (CISF) has a goal to spark student curiosity through hands-on learning and expose them to their local marine ecosystems. In 2016, CISF partnered with the Jamestown school system to offer in-school curriculum support that enhanced programming in pre-K through third grade classrooms. Being in the school system during the school day allows CISF to reach children directly and make them aware of their marine environment from an early age. This direct impact with young students helps CISF to make what they hope will be a lifelong imprint about the health of our planet and our impact on it.
CISF will partner with Jamestown, Rhode Island public schools (elementary and middle schools) to run in-school programming during the 2017-18 school year including the following activities:
Mini boats: Students build ocean-going, un-manned small boats. Once built the boats will be launched into the ocean to set sail. Students will track the boat throughout its journey, studying ocean currents and geography. Once the mini boats reach land, it will be recovered and returned to the school if possible.
Build a Buoy Challenge: Students are challenged to apply their knowledge of gravity, physics and engineering principles to design, build, and test a buoy that can hold the most golf balls without capsizing. Once the buoys are designed and built they are outfitted thermometers to measure air and water temperatures.
Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) outfitted with plankton nets will be used to sample algae and plastics in the water column to better understand species composition and distribution in coastal waters, and as well as plastics in the water. Data collected by the students will feed into the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Lab in Charleston, South Carolina.
Expose more local students to the marine environment through out-of-school field trips at Fort Getty in Jamestown, RI. Waders, pocket microscopes, and water testing equipment allow students to try out ocean science first hand.
CISF aims to reduce the footprint of their organization and the local school system by developing a worm composting initiative, with the goal of reducing the amount of organic waste that is thrown into the trash each week and repurposing that waste into nutrient- rich soil.
Founded in 2000, by Bradford N. Swett, the Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation is located in Jamestown, RI. CISF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to both provide and promote marine access, marine education, and sailing to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. In doing so, CISF hopes to develop the next generation of ocean and environmental stewards, as well as bring more people into the sport of sailing.