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Using an integrated hands-on place-based curriculum, high school students build a wooden boat from wood harvested from a sustainable forest.
Students go into the forest, select, fell, and mill a tree; then build a boat from scratch: lofting, then constructing while applying math, science, design, and technology skills (STEAM). Building a wooden boat becomes the platform for an array of academic, social, and practical skills. The course completes with an on-water experience, rowing and or sailing. Using a variety of boats with which to challenge students' craftsmanship, teamwork, and problem solving skills, we also bring greater academic rigor to the programs. The boats get more complex and the programs get more time intensive and thereby, have greater, lasting impact.
Pilot 2019-2020: In collaboration with Alliance at Meek High School, Hyla Woods, students spent two days at Hyla Woods. The students explored the forest, and sustainable forest practices, while also selecting and milling a small tree. January 2020 students began semester length course at Wind & Oar woodshop to build a 14' wooden sailboat, the Phoenix. Students earn Natural Resources (science) and Math (credits). The pilot class culminates with a sail on the Willamette River, and the presentation of the finished boat to the boat sponsor. *in collaboration with Alliance staff and students, the class is restructured for the remainder of the semester allowing students to attend online and build an 18" wooden model, focusing on math, design, science
More student directed teamwork
And use of large power tools