Winter 2016 Educational Passages Newsletter

Miniboat "Morning Star" Impresses All

This miniboat was built by five brave Tillamook High school OR students, with minimal direction from their instructor, and has some colorful building stories!
The Tillamook students, all from different backgrounds, experienced a few moments of uncertainty during the building process. Their tasks included piecing together manual instructions, shaping fiberglass more than expected, and procuring necessary resources.
Finally their hard work was rewarded when Morning Star came together and the students could paint their scientific project. Christian Mata of Tillamook High reports some great moments for the team during the painting of their boat and becoming very close with “the handy dandy mineral spirits” in order to clean up spilt paint.
When the students had finished building and painting their boat they set her afloat in Netarts Bay, Oregon. The team reported feeling relief when Morning Star didn’t sink, tip over, or melt in the water.
Now Morning Star is sailing “like a champ” across the Pacific Ocean. The students who set her sail felt they experienced an opportunity they would never forget. The unknown students in Morning Star’s future will be receiving an opportunity they could never imagine! Tillimook teacher, Mark Roberts wrote EP saying; “It was pretty cool to watch them [the students] start with no idea how this would come together, and end up with a functional piece of research equipment that we can track across the ocean!”
Thank you, Tillamook, for taking on the challenge and sharing your story!

Small Steps Across the Pacific
Stillwater Montessori School in Maine, USA and Sunshine Montessori School in Xiamen, China have come together to support a miniboat!
Students, ages 3 to 10, from both schools are so excited to watch with their new international friends how the ocean currents and winds connect across the globe. The goal is to watch a miniboat sail around the Pacific.
This project is in the planning stages and needs more partners to be completed. Contact Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. to join in the educational adventure!