A group of students and volunteers are discovering that boat building and middle school math are a perfect combination.
13 year olds Destinee Rogers and Angel Scott took their first ever boat trip on a wooden skiff that they helped to build with their classmates.
The two girls and their classmates at Scarborough Middle School are members of the school’s math club. They studied geometry and fractions by building two boats. The project included mentoring and was sponsored by 100 Black Men of Mobile, the school system and the Wooden Boat Ministry.
“I’m going to do it again next year,” said Rogers, a seventh-grader. “It gave me a lot more patience to get it right.”
The math club members meet on Friday afternoons, in a vacant wing of the school. They measured, cut, drilled, and nailed Okoune wood pieces, until they had built two 12 1/2 foot skiffs.