Down East 2013 ©
Two new wooden boats will be launched at the Searsport town dock at noon. But while boat launchings are often a cause for celebration, this one will also represent the successful completion of a semester-long science course for seven students from Searsport District High School. Since January, students Holly Hassapelis, Derrik Kenney, Alex Lane, Emily LaRosa, Jason Pendleton, Shane Sauer, and Rebecca Trimble have been working with master boatbuilder Greg Rössel to build two Shellback Dinghies at Penobscot Marine Museum. The project was the result of an innovative collaboration between the museum and the high school, designed to teach physical science by providing students with first-hand exposure to boat-related concepts such as center of effort, buoyancy, vectors, and drag. Science teacher Michelle Andre accompanied the students during much of their shop time, making sure that they met physical science standards through a combination of hands-on and traditional learning activities.