Youth

REACH

The Reach Program utilizes sailing as an educational platform, challenging youth to embrace education, establish a love of learning and explore productive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) based careers. Combining educators, sailing instructors, engineers, scientists with today’s youth to provide them with a one of a kind authentic learning experience, giving students the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a cooperative work environment.

Mission

US Sailing’s REACH program strives to engage youth and enhance career opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Environmental Stewardship through authentic learning experiences.

Objectives

Provide guidance, feedback and direction for organizations seeking to improve their own curricula, lessons plans and programming. Build a national curriculum that connects academics and sailing through authentic learning experiences. Inspire students to become environmental stewards and socially responsible individuals.

Educational Partnerships

The US Sailing Reach Initiative had a unique opportunity to participate in activities hosted by the 2017 America’s Cup Endeavour Education Station, presented by Orbis, during the 35th America's Cup. US Sailing’s Reach Initiative is an official “Educational Partner” of the America’s Cup Endeavour Program.

How can you participate in the Reach Initiative?

  1. Register for the STEM Educator Course. - Find a Reach course near you!
  2. Try the curriculum! Perfect for Adventure Sailing. Take a look at our curriculum teaser here!
  3. Host a STEM Educator Course for sailing instructors and teachers.

What does the Reach Initiative look like at my school or sailing program?

  1. Read Start a REACH Program by New England Science & Sailing
  2. Check out Why STEM & Sailing by Community Boating Center
  3. See Reach in action at Community Boating Center and New England Science and Sailing.
  4. Partnership Guide for Schools or Youth Organization created by Community Boating Center (sample budget included)
  5. Host a Reach Event - Sailing through STEM Night at your program!

Reach News

2018 US Sailing Reach Initiative Grantees Announced

Students Awarded STEMcation Experience at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

US Sailing’s Reach Initiative to Bring STEM Activities for Youth at Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

2018 Student STEMcation – Apply Now

2017 Reach Impact Report

2017 US Sailing Reach Grantees

The Trip of a Lifetime to the 35th America’s Cup

A Summer with Tall Ships and Simple Machines!

Youth Sailors STEM Education Trip to Bermuda to watch the America’s Cup

A Youth’s Passion for sailing, STEM, and leadership leads to St. Mary’s

Sailing & Science: Baltimore Students Join Expedition Through the North Pacific Gyre Aboard the RV FALKOR

Reach 2016 Impact Report

Learning the Science of Sailing by: APS Advisor

Rochester Yacht Club Junior Olympics, STEM, and Career Connections

From Small Ships to Tall Ships

Sailing for STEM by TeenLife.org

Sailing, Science, and Saving the World

MHYC’s Sponge II Opti goes on a field trip to Hawken Middle School – Ohio

Cruise for a Cause: Learn to Enlighten – Northwest Yachting

Hudson River Community Sailing: Inspiring NYC youth through STEM and Sailing

Racing, Outreach, and Education shined at LVACWS – New York Event

Passion, Diversity, Environmental Education, & Fun – Sailing Leadership Forum 2016

Creek Bridge, SC Reach Students Study Sailing at Beneteau Manufacturing Facility

New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA) Climate of Change Conference

Chelsea Petrais of Community Boating Inc – kids in attendance began to ask more science based questions

Stuart Proctor of Downtown Sailing Center – Baltimore, MD

Hudson River Community Sailing: Connecting Math, Meteorology, and Sailing

2015 AweSTEM Back to School Fun at NESS

SC Kids Sailing Into Math and Science – SC, NPR

US Sailing and Beneteau Team up for Reach Program

STEM Events Across the Northeast

College of Charleston holds STEM camp for Marion, SC students – Reach

Resources from the 1st Reach Mentoring Session held by Community Boating Center

Simple Machines in the Exploration Zone at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

Racing with Copepods – By Barbara McVeigh

The Science of Earth Day – Marine Debris Resources

STEM & Global Climate Issues – Benjamin Kay, Teacher & Team Marine Coach

California Sea Lions – What can programs do to help?

Reading Surface Weather Maps – Webinar 1

Westwind Sailing Executive Director Diane Wenzel – Testimonial

Lake Stewardship and STEM Education at Community Sailing Center in Burlington, VT

Campers Make Great Strides at Young Mariners Foundation – (Reach Program Metrics at YMF)

Community Boating Center: Science and Special Education Teacher

The Downtown Sailing Center partners with You Make A Difference STEMMA Inc.

NESS SEA Americorps Program Underway in New London, CT

Why STEM and Sailing?

Reach Organization List

“We need to teach students how to solve problems…” – Katie Schlotterbeck, middle school science teacher

Implementing Module 3 Sail Area and Perimeter at New England Science and Sailing (NESS)

How Sea Affinity of Baltimore Implemented Reach with the Boys and Girls Club of America

Reach Video Resources

Reach Initiative can be utilized in a number of different ways. The videos below explain a little bit about how it works, and how some organizations have chosen to integrate it into their own programming and events.

About Reach
Instructional Resources
Student Resources
Events
Program Spotlights
Interviews