2021 Recycle Regatta

Moderator Endorsed: K-12 EE
Moderator Endorsed: K-12 EE

Date and Time:

Monday, February 1, 2021, 12:00am to Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 11:59pm

Registration Deadline:

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 11:59pm

What is it?

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 (EP) and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), is sponsoring the second annual virtual Recycle Regatta!

 For students 

Participating K-12 students will design and engineer a sailboat out of common recycled materials. Students will test their boats and calculate nautical speed using mathematical applications. Students will submit their data and race against other competitors across the world. 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
Submissions will be accepted from March 1 - March 31 and winners will be announced mid-April. Entry into the Recycle Regatta is free for students. 

For teachers

K-12 teachers looking to bring the STEM concepts of the Recycle Regatta to the classroom are invited to participate in NESS’s Sailing at Home Online Experiential Learning course at a discounted rate. K-12 teachers who schedule an online program in February and March 2021 will receive a $50 discount. This live, NESS instructor-led program is hands-on and engaging, and is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Interested teachers may contact Nina Quaratella, Education Specialist, at nquaratella@nessf.org.

For more information, including regatta rules, entry form, and examples of previous submissions please visit: https://educationalpassages.org/recycle-regatta/.

How to apply/register:

Visit the Recycle Regatta website for rules, regulations, and examples of past submissions. Gather your materials! This could be plastic bottles, cans, straws, cardboard, you name it! Assemble your boat. Test and calculate its speed to enter into the competition! Submit your boat with our online entry form or print/scan/email a copy to nquaratella@nessf.org. Be sure to include photos and videos! 

NESS Sailing at Home Online Experiential Learning programs at a discounted rate in February and March may be scheduled by emailing Nina at nquaratella@nessf.org.

Contact Name:

Nina Quaratella

Contact Phone:

860.535.9362 ext. 117

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