Wind & Oar programs give kids hands-on woodworking experience while making math and science relevant. We provide a space to develop critical thinking, team building and leadership skills, all of which are important aspects of successful career development.
~ It's bigger than the boat! ~
Update April 2020:
Although gathering together for hands on project-based learning has been curtailed for the time being, Wind & Oar remains committed to the value and power of Wind & Oar programs to engage kids and inspire learning. We too have taken time to pause and reflect, and to adapt (a core value of project-based learning). The newly launched high school Trees to Sea pilot project (through which 14 students build a wooden sail boat from scratch while earning math and natural resources credits) has moved to an online course for the remainder of the semester.
We regret the inability to complete this semester’s school based projects with our elementary students. We are hopeful that summer programming may be an option yet aware that regular programming may be unavailable until we have the tools to gather again in small groups.
How we do it
We use a range of boats, from card stock models to complex sailboats, as platforms for reading and interpreting plans, developing a course of action, anticipating actions, and finally, executing the process in a team dynamic with the tools available. These tools include traditional hand woodworking tools as well as modern shop tools.