WELCOME TO THE WATERFRONT
With a unique riverside location at the heart of Philadelphia’s waterfront, Independence Seaport Museum connects Philadelphians and visitors to our waterways through educational programs, exhibitions, festivals, and hands-on learning opportunities. A community hub, arts center, and boating and recreation destination, the Seaport houses the region’s finest collection of maritime-related artifacts, art and archives, and is home to the historic Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna.
IMAGINE A FLOATING CLASSROOM
Picture students learning physics in a rowboat or astronomy while sailing. Envision kids discovering math by building a boat or exploring ecology paddling in the river – all while developing leadership skills, a spirit of teamwork, and a sense of self-confidence.
SAILOR (SCIENCE AND ARTS INNOVATIVE LEARNING ON THE RIVER)
Working with Philadelphia-area high schools, the Seaport has launched SAILOR, where students learn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) principles and life lessons while building boats in the Seaport’s Workshop on the Water, a working boat building shop recognized for its efforts to preserve and share the science and craft of wooden boat building. A fully integrated portion of a partnering school’s traditional curriculum, SAILOR provides weekly lesson plans to school instructors highlighting the math, science, and history concepts that serve as the basis of Workshop activities. Students apply these lessons at the Seaport through boat building and on-the-water activities. SAILOR not only provides students with practical experience building boats using the principles they have learned in the classroom, but also turns the river into a laboratory where they can test these principles on the water. The experience of rowing a skiff, for example, provides a tangible demonstration of the power of a lever as well as demonstrating the importance of teamwork. When the students’ boat is launched in the spring, it will become a part of the Seaport’s outreach and education programs which currently serve over 5,000 children per year.
BUILDING BOATS – BUILDING FUTURES.
Our goal is to raise
$10,000 to support SAILOR. Boatbuilding builds character, confidence and
careers! By making a tax-deductible donation today, you will give students the
chance to apply math and science concepts to a real-world construction project.
Your gift will help connect young adults to capable mentors in an environment
that provides sunshine and fresh air in the heart of the
city. You will provide rewarding hands-on educational experiences, expanding
the horizons of kids who may have never stepped foot onto a boat before. You
will encourage young men and women toward careers in science, design,
engineering, and history – preserving our past and shaping the future.
GRAB AN OAR (EVERY DOLLAR HELPS) OR TAKE THE HELM (WITH A BIG DONATION). WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE CREW!
The SAILOR program is free of charge to schools and students thanks to charitable organizations, the time shared by our dedicated Workshop volunteers, and generous gifts from people like you. Given the severe funding shortages challenging many school districts, non-profit partners are assuming an essential role in the effort to provide a complete and balanced secondary education. With your support, the Seaport can expand our classroom on the water, offering innovative coursework and transformative laboratory and field-testing experiences to more students.
DON’T MISS THE BOAT! HELP AREA KIDS DESIGN, BUILD AND LAUNCH A SKIFF!
The $10,000 raised will be used for the design of academic courses and classroom materials, as well as the construction materials needed to build the SAILOR skiff. This is a “flexible funding” campaign, so every dollar you donate will be invested in the SAILOR program, benefiting the Classes of 2014 and 2015.
While $10,000 is the goal for this campaign, additional gifts will be used to expand the program to serve more students. Every dollar over our goal helps build another boat with an additional group of SAILORS. For instance, $20,000 will build two boats and serve twice as many students.
Current academic partners include the Charter School for Architecture and Design (CHAD), Urban Promise, El Centro de Estudiantes, and Bodine High School for International Affairs.
DONATE TODAY TO HELP THE SAILORS SECURE A $2,500 CHALLENGE GRANT!!!
Thanks to a very generous friend of the Seaport Museum, SAILOR will receive a special matching grant for the first $5,000 in donations. Every dollar you give will be matched with an additional 50 cents to become a $1.50 investment in our classroom on the water.
SAILOR SWAG - PERKS FOR PHILANTHROPHY
All donors receive recognition on the Independence Seaport Museum website as SAILOR supporters.
Each week, a new perk will be added, offering cool merchandise, insider experiences, and special opportunities to get involved with the Seaport Museum.
BUILDING BOATS, BUILDING FUTURES, AND BUILDING COMMUNITY
SAILOR helps ensure that inner-city kids have classroom, lab and field experiences that promote a love of learning. SAILOR builds knowledge, character, and a strong sense of teamwork. Young adults thrive on the opportunity to put their classroom experience to work in the real world, and get great satisfaction from rowing “their boat” on the water. By engaging many quality people as volunteers, the program connects generations and provides opportunities for mentoring relationships to blossom. These achievements and relationships help young people succeed in higher education and their chosen careers.
INVEST IN SAILORS, SPREAD THE WORD, AND HELP US REACH OUR GOAL!
Please donate today and magnify your support of the SAILOR
program by sharing our Indiegogo link with your friends. THANK YOU!
For more information about the Building Boats. Building Futures Campaign and the Independence Seaport Museum's SAILOR Program, please contact Christopher Sheridan at 215-413-8658 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you prefer to make an offline donation, please call 215-413-8658, or mail a check to: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Please note "SAILOR" in the memo portion of the check.