Education Under Sail Forum: STEM Programs Ready to Go!

STEM Programs Ready to Go!
REACH, US Sailing’s STEM Education Program
Rozalia Project’s Mission Atlantic Program

Updated 2.14.2013

Presenters: Jessica Servis, US Sailing (click here for the presentation)
                        Rachael Miller, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean (click here for the presentation *Note this link will take you to
                        Steve Creech, Executive Director, Wyland Foundation (click here for presentation)

Session Description: Are you looking to combine sailing and STEM education to challenge middle school students to become explorer, innovators, and scientists? Join us to learn about REACH-US Sailing’s plug-and-play STEM curriculum including 10 easy to implement modules geared for on and off the water learning. REACH is geared towards middle school students, but can easily be modified for younger audiences.

Rozalia Project’s Mission Atlantic Program is STEM education ready to go. This is a daily web-based program designed to give participants-whether afloat or shore-based, more than just a window into our ocean, but allow them to take part, make connections, understand how everyday actions affect ocean health-for better and for worse, and have access to unique people and places. There will be daily activities, challenges and lesson plans. Weekly live question and answer sessions with Rozalia Project crew and onboard guest scientists plus myriad activities suitable for grades 3 and up. This presentation will detail what Mission: Atlantic offers and how ships and shore-based organizations can both take part and contricute to this new and far reaching program.

Biography of Speakers:

Jessica Servis

Jessica Servis
Jessica Servis

As an Educator and Special Educator M.A. for the past 10 years, Jessica has worked in a variety of educational settings,  from sailing centers to the formal classroom, challenging students to always do their best. She has a passion for marine science and hands on learning opportunities for all students, so STEM is a natural fit. She has worked with youth STEM projects such as LEGO Robotics, Sea Perch, and ROV In A Bag. For the past year, she has worked to build the REACH program for US Sailing, uniquely combining STEM education with the sport of sailing. The program is designed to be implemented in collaboration with classroom educators and information educators nationwide.

Rachael Miller

Rachael Miller
Rachael Miller

Rachel Miller is co-founder/Executive Director of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean whose mission is to find and remove marine debris, from the surface to the sea floor, through action, technology, outreach and research. Rozalia Project uses sonar equipped ROV’s to search and clean the sea floor of marine debris of all sizes and to connect people of all ages to their underwater world through dockside and shipboard marine debris programs aboard their 60′ sailing vessel, American Promise. In addition to leading Rozalia Project, Rachael is a member of the US Sailing National Faculty and Training Committee, a US Sailing Instructor Trainer and ROV pilot trainer for VideoRay. She is a certified windsurfing, kitesurfing and snowkiting instructor, hold a USCG 50 ton Master’s license, lives in Vermont, has two newfies and loves the frozen water as much as the liquid.


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