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Send Your Sailing Skill into the Future

Captain a STEM crew this summer

The Bay beats a classroom for teaching science, ­technology, engineering and math.

Many good sailors believe sailing is an art. All great sailors know that sailing is about the science, math and engineering that go into designing, building and piloting a modern sailboat. That’s not news at the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis.
    “Sailing has a large crossover with science, engineering and math. Sailors constantly use these disciplines for navigation, racing strategy and boat design,” Hall of Fame educator Geoff Cuneo told Bay Weekly.
    To make this connection for the next generation of sailors, the Hall of Fame puts boats under Anne Arundel high school students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — STEM for short — program. In eight trips over two weeks, students learn the real-world STEM applications of sailing — and satisfy their summer bridge requirement to keep involved with STEM activities. More boats make the experience wider.
    Will you lend your boat and experience to the endeavor?
    The Hall of Fame seeks volunteer boats and captains to take the students on short sails. You can sign on for one or more trips between June 30 and the end of July. The Hall of Fame supplies an instructor/chaperone for each boat, so as skipper you need only pilot your craft.
    For your time and trouble, you get the satisfaction of helping the next generation of scientists and engineers prepare to keep America at the forefront of technology. A student who sailed with you could be the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. You’re also likely to make a recruit to the sport.