Learning Spotlight: What’s In a Sail?
Students aboard the Carlyn explore marine science unlike any classroom experience: they formulate a science question, decide how to test their hypothesis and then collect data throughout the course of their Salish program. It’s an amazing learning process to observe!
Carlyn also affords us the opportunity to teach kids about sailing, another area of learning that is new for many of our participants.
This season, our sailing crew includes first mate Nora, who worked with local sailmaker Hasse & Company Port Townsend Sails and designed the current main and mizzen sails for Carlyn.
During programs, our educators familiarize students with parts of the boat, which often involves a lesson discussing parts of a sail and how a sail propels a boat through the water — a very cool example of physics in action!!
During a recent trip, Nora sat down with students and shared her favorite Mnemonic device to help remember the parts of a sail: Mr LUFF had a TACK in his FOOT, but he had no CLEW he had a LEECH on his HEAD.
The best part? Students get to put their knowledge to work by raising, trimming and striking sails to get the Carlyn to the next science sampling station.