December 18, 2018
This is the last time we received a location report from the Lil Jeff after sailing only 49 days! We wonder if she’ll report again, or wash up somewhere far away?
After she went silent since November 27, the students wondered if the GPS stopped working so they reached out to Educational Passages. Cassie Stymiest replied, “If you look at the track it appears that something may have happened to the boat itself. Perhaps looking at the weather when it started to go in circles? Could be a great opportunity to look at what may have happened and discuss with the students and if the boat is still sailing perhaps she’ll wash up one day!” to which Ms. Hendricks replied, “Hope she washes up! Love to not lose her completely. Everything has a lesson- we will do some research and come up with a hypothesis as to the mystery of Lil’ Jeff’s disappearance.”
October 30, 2018
October 29, 2018
We look forward to a deployment from the ship MV Bermuda Islander, who will launch our little boat just east of the Gulf Stream to improve its chances of a trans-Atlantic voyage. Here are some pictures as we delivered the Lil’ Jeff to the docks on October 29th:
October 26, 2018
Lil’ Jeff’s last day at school was October 26th:
October 23, 2018
The miniboat Lil’ Jeff is getting decorated now. All of the classes came up with design ideas and then chose one to use. Same for the sail – designs were submitted and then one chosen.
October 17, 2018
The 8th graders have been learning about nautical maps.
October 4, 2018
The students have begun to prepare the boat for the keel by sanding it down.
After each homeroom came up with one name we put all the names to a vote. The Jefferson School mini-boat name and it is now officially: S.S. Lil’ Jeff! Here are some pictures of the students filling the keel: