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NSHOF's STEM Sailing program is one of the National Sailing Hall of Fame's Four Pillars which also include the Hall of Fame Inductions, our Stories and Collections projects that make up Sailing and the American Experience, and our On-Site programs.

NSHOF has been developing and delivering quality educational programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to students since 2010, and making our sailing-based educational lessons available to educators across the country. 

The very technical nature of the sport of sailing lends itself naturally to providing practical lessons in math - including algebra and geometry, and science - especially physics. Sailboats of all sizes and designs are both engineered products and systems that make for perfect on-board lessons not only in math and science but also in engineering. The waters in which we ply our boats are themselves classrooms for studying the sciences of our planet and how it works.

Access our programs from the menu links on the right.

Check out our NEW STEM Sailing "Best Practices" Blog - Part of our STEM Sailing National Consortium on Learning Math & Science Through Sailing

Here are some of our accomplishments from the 2014-2015 school year, and recent working projects:

  • Created a STEM Sailing "Teacher Academy" summer program that teaches teachers how to sail while they work to develop new curriculum for using sailing to teach subjects in math and science. As a result, two 2015 Teacher Academy graduates have developed and are currently teaching Project Based Learning (PBL) modules based on saiing to middle school students for academic credit.

  • 315 9th & 10th grade Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students participated in seven-week in-school NSHOF Project Based Learning Module sessions for which they received academic credit.

  • 197 9th & 10th grade AACPS STEM students participated in field trips to the NSHOF, including a tour of United States Naval Academy Hydrolab, Crown Sailing Center and a sail on the Pride of Baltimore II.

  • 17 students participated in the Level 1 Anne Arundel County Public Schools STEM Summer Bridge Program at the NSHOF - required for graduation.

  • 18 students participated in the Level 2 Anne Arundel County Public Schools STEM Summer Bridge Program at the NSHOF - required for graduation.

  • 10 students participated in the Engineering Anne Arundel County Public Schools STEM Summer Bridge Program at the NSHOF - required for graduation.

  • Fourth Annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair for students, grades 7-12 held at Annapolis High School. Co-sponsored by Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Eastport Yacht Club Foundation. 300 attended.

  • 105 organizations are part of the STEM Sailing: Learning Math & Science through Sailing National Consortium. A bi-monthly newsletter of best practices and resources is distributed. National Workshop held at the United States Naval Academy; was attended by 44 people.

  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools are planning a Summer Teacher Academy to teach math and science teachers how sail and develop curricula for their classrooms.

  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools Math Coordinator planning on using NSHOF Navigation curriculum for all Algebra 1 students.

  • An Educator DigiCourse, The Physics, Engineering and Technology of Sailing, is under development.


The National Sailing Hall of Fame's STEM Sailing program held a highly successful Summer Bridge program in 2015 for students in grades 9-12. The program was in conjunction wtih Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS).

After learning basic concept in boat design through a series of lessons and explorations, the students built and launched their own sailboats out of cardboard and recycled materials. This video highlights the students testing their boats and provides an overview of the Summer Bridge Program.

Thanks to T2PTV for producing this video for NSHOF.


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