Small Boat Teaching

Great, “hands-on”, teaching tools, small boats are accessible to build and use. They are also adaptable. Across the United States, and around the world, every year small boats teach thousands of students everything from self-reliance to physical fitness, to math.  The Teaching with Small Boast Alliance and of Building to Teach instructors to provide networks of potential partners for Maritime high schools.

Disconnected Youth, Academic Recovery and Workforce Training

By: Joe Youcha

This is a time of great need and opportunity in our communities. Luckily small boats can provide efficient, effective tools for programming. There are great resources available through the Teaching With Small Boats Alliance (TWSBA) and Building to Teach (B2T). If you don’t know about these groups, you should learn more. Proven teaching tools are available for free from both sites. Who knows, you may even find a local partner. . . READ MORE

A Time-Honored Trade Is Keeping Youth Afloat During COVID-19

By Jim Cowen

For the most supported and resourced students, the pandemic has been tough. But for kids who were already struggling at the start—with poverty, unstable homes, substance abuse or other obstacles—it’s been crushing. They are at risk of becoming “disconnected youth”—a disturbingly clinical term for teens and young adults who are neither in school nor working. These are children that have essentially fallen off the grid. . . READ MORE

Teaching with Small Boats: Building boats, building lives

By Robin Jettinghoff
WoodenBoat – pp. 26-30

In 1997, Joe Youcha and his team at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF) in Alexandria, Viriginia designed the flat-bottomed, 11’8″ Bevin’s Skiff as a tool to teach math and boatbuilding skills to their apprentices. It is unlikely they imagined then that their simple plywood skiff would carry a cargo of education programming to teachers all over the world eager for engaging ways to teach math and science to young people. . . READ MORE


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Building To Teach: Building To Teach enables students to learn math through hands-on projects: opening the door to higher education and better jobs.

Teaching with Small Boats: The Teaching with Small Boats Alliance (TWSBA) is a collaboration of educators and programs that teach math, science and other essential skills through the process of boat building. 

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