The National Sailing Hall of Fame's STEM Sailing program is introducing a new series of stories told by educators to help other educators enhance their STEM education initiatives using sailing.
Our first story in the Best Practices series is from Captain David Bill, Nautical Sciences Teacher at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts. For over eight years, Tabor has offered students a boat design and building course using radio-controlled, or R/C wooden sailboat kits. It has proven to be one of the most popular courses in the school (there is always a waiting list) because it satisfies a hidden need among today's students raised in a digital world: The need to make something using their own hands and skills. In the process, they learn valuable lessons in math, chemistry, physics, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership. Some students even incorporate lessons in graphic arts into their projects.