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Annual NESS Virtual Recycle Regatta Open for Submissions

February 15, 2022 - March 31, 2022

Annual NESS Virtual Recycle Regatta Open for Submissions

Hoist the sails! K-12 students are invited to compete in the annual virtual Recycle Regatta! Submissions will be accepted from February 15 – March 31, 2022 and winners will be announced mid-April. Entry into the Recycle Regatta is free.

Apply the engineering method and become an environmental steward as you repurpose recyclables into a seaworthy vessel. Master obstacles in buoyancy, engineering, and physics to race your boat to victory. Classrooms, boating centers, families, and all community organizations are encouraged to take on the challenge!

In an effort to bring ocean-based experiential learning to students and families at home, the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS), in partnership with Educational Passages and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Virtual Recycle Regatta.

Participating K-12 students will design and engineer a model sailboat out of common recycled and repurposed materials. Students will test their boats for buoyancy and balance, and calculate nautical speed using mathematical applications. Students will then submit their data and race against other competitors across the world for prizes!

Two prizes will be awarded per fleet, one for fastest boat and one for the most creative design. Students will compete in a fleet based on grade level:

Miniboat: grades K – 2
Opti: grades 3 – 5
Hartley: grades 6 – 8
Laser: grades 9 – 12

To prepare for the Regatta, participants are invited to use an array of free educational videos related to the engineering method, buoyancy, recycling, marine debris, and ocean currents on the NESS YouTube channel.

New this year is a Teacher Toolkit, a step-by- step guide to hosting individual regattas with students or groups. The toolkit includes instructions, data sheet, and alignment to formal curriculum standards. Plus, any classroom or organization that submits more than 10 entries will be featured on the Recycle Regatta website and social media page as a member of the “crew”!

NESS is also providing open enrollment Online Experiential Learning Programs on March 15 for students interested in learning more about sailing, ocean currents, and more. Registration is required and can be found along with more information, Regatta rules, entry forms, and examples of previous submissions at educationalpassages.org/recycle-regatta.



February 15, 2022
March 31, 2022
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