Students experienced success in a year long after school activity which had Wissahickon Charter School students launch the boat they built. They launched the boat they built with the Philadephia Water Borne program on the Schuykill river.
The boat was designed and built by seven students who used a curriculum that integrated math, science, art, design, and teamwork.
“Boats have a long history and can connect to every single subject in school — math, science, engineering and literacy,” said Nicholas Pagon, PWB Executive Director. “And it’s important to the history of Philadelphia, which was all about boats for 200 years and you end up with an exciting end project.”
The project was started in October, when students were introduced to the history, the tools necessary to build the boat, and the parts of a boat. Then, according to Pagon, they built the boat over four to five months.
Math and science were integrated into the boat building, as was an art component involving the signage for the side of the boat. Students also had to learn to row it as alesson in recreation. Completing the project together was an exercise in teamwork.