Building Boats. Building Futures. SAILOR at the Seaport.

SAILOR (Science and Arts Innovative Learning on the River) helps kids learn math and science - and practice leadership and teamwork - building boats.
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Lily Williams
Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
9 Team Members

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.

Perks include several opportunities to meet the SAILORS, attend events on the waterfront, and receive great keepsakes

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 csheridan@phillyseaport.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.

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$3,139USD
raised by 58 people in 2 months
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This campaign ended on February 14, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Show support for the SAILORS!

    Show your support when you proudly display this decal boasting our newly-designed SAILOR logo.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $25USD
    SAILOR Thank You Photo

    Receive a very special Thank You from the Class of 2014 commemorating the SAILORS and their skiff on Launch Day. Their pride and sense of accomplishment will shine bright in this special keepsake.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $50USD
    Boat Shop Bracelet

    Wear a one-of-a-kind, traditional steam-bent wooden bracelet, handcrafted by volunteers and students in the Workshop on the Water.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $100USD
    Invitation to Launch Party

    Join our SAILORS at the end of the school year as they launch the Harbormaster skiff. This is a wonderful chance to meet the students, teachers and volunteers, and see the Workshop on the Water. Refreshments will be provided.

    2 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $250USD
    SAILOR for a Day

    An opportunity to join our SAILORS and staff in the Workshop and help build the Harbormaster skiff. This includes the chance to row one of our traditionally-built boats in the basin and lunch with the SAILORS. Those who contribute at this level will have the choice of a number of dates in the spring and fall.

    1 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $500USD
    Boatbuilding 101

    Learn the basics of boat building from the expert craftsmen in the Seaport's Workshop on the Water in this unique, hands-on class.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Party Like It's 1899!

    Two VIP tickets to the 3rd Annual "Fanfare on the Fantail" aboard the Cruiser Olympia. Launched in 1892, Olympia is a National Historic Landmark, and offers amazing views of the city and waterfront. Enjoy delicious refreshments and live music, while celebrating on the Admiral's private deck. Fanfare will take place in the fall of 2014, and donors will be notified as soon as a date is set.

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    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Sail with Seaport President

    Join Seaport President and CEO John Brady for a day on the river with 3 of your friends. A hands-on boat builder, craftsman and educator with many years of experience in the shop and on the water, John is also an accomplished sailor. Your sail will depart from the Museum's scenic boat basin and will take place on a mutually agreeable day.

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    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Get us halfway to our goal...

    ...and receive a half hull model of the Harbormaster skiff! These beautiful hand-crafted wooden scale models have a long history as an essential tool for boat builders, including our SAILORS. Sleek and elegant, this is a wonderful addition to your home or office.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $10,000USD
    Christen the Skiff

    The launching of a boat is a public celebration of hard work and craftsmanship. It is a tradition spanning thousands of years, and shared by many cultures. A donation of $10,000 will give you naming rights for the SAILOR Harbormaster skiff.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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