Project SAIL apprentices rowed again today. First there was some dry-land training to learn the commands needed to manage the skiff. Some of these apprentices are refugees and new Americans and they are learning English at the same time! Most of the apprentices have NEVER been in a boat before, and this is a boat they helped to build – BMC’s first St. Ayles Skiff, Mighty Oak.
Our Spring session of Project SAIL 2014 is in full swing. What a phenomenal group of teens! Many of these students are Bhutanese refugees who have lived most of their lives in refugee camps in Nepal Project SAIL Coordinator, Amanda Loose, summed it up best when she said, ” While we try to teach our students about life, our students teach us what life is all about!” Click here to learn how you can apply to Project SAIL Great job, everyone! The “Mighty Oak” looks amazing.
It has been another busy week at the Bayfront Maritime Center, and it’s not over. The AmeriCorps VISTA – Volunteers In Service To America Volunteer Thank You Celebration is tonight!
Another busy week at BMC: work on the next skiff, college students touring, a St. Patrick’s Day Birthday celebration, Project SAIL Graduation, Erie Boat centerboard repair, and more!
Our students have been working hard on the second St. Ayles Skiff! Check out their progress at BMC’s blog highlighting the two skiffs being built for Erie’s inaugural Community Rowing Program.
The second St. Ayles Skiff is well underway at BMC. You can follow the progress on the SKIFF CONSTRUCTION BLOG being written by the students. On Fridays the student boatbuilders update their Blog that documents their building experience.
Some of the Erie Boat building crew, circa 2000, with the hull still upside down in the original BMC Ice Palace. Even older, 1998, rowing in the Holland Street slip with some young boatbuilders – BMC’s first summer program.
Our students have been working hard on the second St. Ayles Skiff! Check out their progress at BMC’s blog highlighting the two skiffs being built for Erie’s inaugural Community Rowing Program. http://www.bmcstaylesskiff.blogspot.com/
Maritime Education at BMC is all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, STEM learning. Carpentry and assorted vocational skills and career awareness are part of the curriculum, too. But these students are also learning teamwork and problem solving while developing persistence and grit!
On Tuesday, April 16th, the St. Ayles Skiff, built by high school students, will be turned right-side up. “Hull-turning” is a significant moment in the boatbuilding process. Students and staff will lift the skiff off of the building forms and turn it right side up to sit on a cradle. High school students attending the Bayfront Alternative Education Program at BMC have been building the 22’ St Ayles Skiff since mid-September. Erie teens attending BMC’s after-school program, Project SAIL, have also been working on the skiff. The students have built the boat, made the cradle for it, and are already