Step aboard our floating classroom, the 65 ft Sailing Research Vessel the Derek M.Baylis for a fun filled day of discovery with the Sail 4 Science program.
Our naturalist/educators help you formulate your own theories about the good, the bad and the ugly indicators of water quality, bio-diversity and marine health. The Sail 4 Science program is structured to pair students and their teachers with ongoing research projects, providing an opportunity to experience the process and purpose of the scientific method and to collect, study and record data in a fun and engaging way. Questions like “What methods are used to determine the health of the Bay" to "pound for pound what may well be the fastest creatures on the planet"? Whatever you or your students' minds can conjure up (within the parameters of biology) can be discovered onboard!
Standard program: In this program, the teacher’s or client’s representative choose which stations are to be used, and our trained crew are the educators during the sail. The participants are divided into groups and assigned to stations. They develop research questions and survey methods with guidance from the instructor. All activities are participant driven, as this tends to be a source of motivation for the participants.
Build your own program: The standard program above has brought much success to fulfill our mission of introducing people to the marine sciences. However, if a school has a field-specific goal that needs to be achieved during the sail, we work with the teacher or other client representative to formulate a lesson plan. The teacher, client representative or our educators can lead the activities at the stations during the sail. If the preference is for our educators to lead, we need the lesson plan to be submitted a minimum of two weeks prior to the boarding date.