Science for Young Pirates

Science for Young Pirates
Young pirates exploring buoyancy

Come explore the science behind boats and sailing in a camp full of hands-on and minds-on learning and lots of pirate fun. From boat building to navigation and pirate adventure each module use real-life situations to unlock the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) we experience on and around boats.  Information in this course ties directly to the Next Generation Science Standards. 

Module 1 – Boat Building
Engineer your own boat and learn about important properties such as buoyancy that keeps the boat afloat.

Module 2 – Simple Machines
Learn how sails are hoisted easily with the physics of simple machines that make sailboats work.
Get a taste of sailing safely by the OCC docks and venture into the harbor on a Harbor 20 sailboat.

Module 3 – Wind and Weather
Master the weather! Build a barometer, measure the wind, then create your own sail plan and map. 
Get a taste of sailing safely by the OCC docks and venture into the harbor on a Harbor 20 sailboat.

Module 4 – Pirate Day
Break out your pirate gear and prepare for a battle of the pirate crews. Who can build a better catapult?  We’ll find out!
Each student must bring warm layered clothing, a change of clothes, a towel, hat, and a snack each each day.

  • Prerequisites:
    • Students must be able to swim 50 yards and be entering 5th, 6th or 7th grade in the fall.

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