The spring session of Project SAIL started this week and we have another crew of motivated high-school students who are engaged and preparing for their futures. Apprentices are learning essential skills for succeeding in their education and careers, and becoming self-confident leaders for their peers and community. Way to go, apprentices!
Through the Years: Building a canoe under the watchful eye of Buzz 1998; A new garboard for the Friendship Sloop Momentum 1999; Looking up; Early EASE Program, the first and still the only adaptive sailing program in Pennsylvania 2000; A boatload of sailors aboard Taco the Town 2001; Young Helmsman, timeless.
BAEP students have been building the gunwales and the quadrant for the second St. Ayles Skiff and attaching them to the boat. Each student is also working on a customized wooden box using computer-aided-design software and the ShopBot CNC digital fabrication equipment in BMC’s fully-equipped boat shop.
Gage, one of BMC’s current Project VOYAGE apprentices, completed multiple projects in the past few months. Thanks to funding from the Erie Community Foundation, Gage and other Project VOYAGE apprentices are learning valuable job skills through one-on-one, long-term mentoring with accomplished professionals. Gage is working with Christopher Laird, a retired FMC mechanical engineer who is also an accomplished boatbuilder and carpenter. With Chris’ assistance, Gage built a shelf for his sister and a wine rack for his mother. Gage has learned construction drafting, the milling process, and how to professionally finish his projects. Chris said that Gage “is motivated to
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!
Many of our Bhutanese students wanted to share their culture, so they cooked some of their cuisine for their fellow apprentices and BMC’s staff. They created amazing samosas, and were laughing and dancing along to the boombox playing everything from Bollywood to Miley Cyrus. While we try to teach our students about life, our students teach us what life is all about.
Students enrolled in the winter session of Project SAIL cooked up a traditional Nepalese/Bhutanese meal for the Project SAIL apprentices, volunteers and staff as this session draws closer to completion.
Project-based, hands-on lessons in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) enhance a student’s comprehension of valuable skills needed to succeed in school. STEM Director, Harold Rinn, uses a ShopBot to teach each day. It is an amazing do-all tool for precisely cutting, carving, drilling or machining all kinds of things from all kinds of materials. With a ShopBot, you use software to create your project’s design, which is then precisely cut by machine. Check out our STEM page to see some of the fine work being done by students at BMC.
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!
BAEP students are fortunate; the Tall Ship Festival is happening right outside BMC’s facility! Students were given a tour of all the ships, and learned about working and living on a tall ship.
The Erie Admirals S.C. volunteered their time and talent to host a soccer workshop for Bayfront Summer Migrant/ESL program students. A big THANK YOU to the Admirals!Our students love soccer and the visit made their day.
It was a bit cold, but the wind was just right! Taco the Town got underway with Project SAIL apprentices on Monday. This was the first time several of these kids had ever been on a boat. They all took turns on the tiller, and went forward to be lookouts. We had the bay to ourselves!
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