Great Lakes Exploration Is a Learning Experience for Students Onboard Sailing Ship

Middle school students learn about science and the ecology of the Great Lakes by sailing aboard a tall ship in a program that touches on everything from simple machines and the physics of sailing to collecting and analyzing water, plankton, and lakebed soils.

Thanks to a Dow grant, hundreds of students will have the opportunity to take part this year in the Science Under Sail program aboard the schooner Appledore IV in Bay City, Michigan, the Midland Daily News reported. Science Under Sail programs are offered in the spring from late April through mid-June and again in the fall from September through mid-October. The Appledore IV sails Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay with up to 35 students and chaperones for educational programs.

“We are grateful to The Dow Chemical Co. for its support of our organization and for their ongoing support of our educational programs,” said Shirley Roberts, BaySail executive director. “The funds we received will help us provide the Science Under Sail experience to more than 1,200 students in our region.”

The grant will also be used to purchase program supplies and equipment and help sponsor the organization’s signature fundraising event, “BaySail’s Summer Breeze,” set for Aug. 20. Proceeds provide additional scholarship support for the organization’s educational programs.

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