Recycle Regatta - Experiential Competition for the Classroom


Recycle Regatta - Experiential Competition for the Classroom

Recycle regatta logo and partners

The 2023 Recycle Regatta will encourage unique, experiential learning opportunities for students in grades K–12. In its fourth year, Recycle Regatta partners are working to connect with more educators in and out of the classroom to allow the regatta to be an accessible opportunity for all.

Students in grades K–12 are invited to participate in this exciting project-based competition. Competitors will build a model sailboat out of recycled and repurposed materials and race their boat to victory while learning all about engineering, mathematics, sailing, buoyancy, and stewardship. Each fleet will be awarded two winners, the fastest boat and the most creative boat, and winners receive a sustainable prize package. Classrooms, boating centers, and community organizations are invited to host their own regatta and submit entries to our event! Participation in this event is free and can be done from anywhere.

Recycle Regatta is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Ocean Literacy Principles, and CASEL Social and Emotional Learning Framework for grades K-12. Participating students will walk away from the Recycle Regatta with an increased knowledge of engineering, environmental conservation, and mathematics. They will also gain an appreciation for recycling and stewardship, as well as enhanced social-emotional skills such as teamwork, confidence, and perseverance. 

Important dates:

  • February 15 – submissions open
  • March 31 – submissions close
  • April  – winners announced

To get started:

  • Visit our website ( to access free educational resources, read the rules and guidelines, and review the submission forms
  • Begin gathering recyclable materials for boat building
  • Check out our teacher toolkit which has tips for running your own regatta and correlations to academic standards and social-emotional frameworks
  • Join our Facebook group to connect with other educators running regattas
  • Follow NESS, EP, and NAMEPA social media channels

Free and can be done from anywhere! 

The Recycle Regatta is hosted in partnership with New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS), Educational Passages (EP), and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA).