How to begin your adventure

Students around the world prepare, deploy, and track their very own miniboat (five-foot long unmanned sailboat) while learning about ocean currents, weather, technology, and more. Equipped with a GPS transmitter, they typically cross the ocean in several months driven by the wind and currents. When the boats land, students create transoceanic classrooms, connecting with different nations and cultures around the world. This multidisciplinary approach uses ocean literacy to empower students, creating citizen scientists and global environmental ambassadors.

How to get started

The Miniboat in a Box package comes with everything you need to get started – and that’s only the beginning. Here is a quick overview of the program components:

review
Check out all of the amazing things you can do with your very own miniboat by exploring our website or downloading this one page flyer about the Miniboat Program.
order
Visit the order page to download the form and get started!
build
Some assembly is required – ballast the keel, paint the hull and deck, install the mast, sail, and GPS (comprehensive instructions are included).
launch
Set your miniboat to sea by working with the maritime community to plan your launch – make sure to launch it with wind and currents for global travel!
track
Follow the voyage on your miniboat’s very own webpage and explore its track on various maps. Make sure to check its position often to see where it goes!
explore
Dive into oceanographic information in our Path Analysis Tool (PAT) where you can overlay forecasts, currents, and temperature on top of your miniboat track.
learn
Explore many topics such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), Oceanography, Geography, International Relations, History, and more!
recover
As it approaches shore you’ll want to connect and work with local community members to help find and recover your miniboat so they can bring it to a nearby school.
connect
Share your story and make connections around the world, especially if your miniboat lands and is brought to another school.
relaunch
If possible, refurbish and deploy your miniboat again and again to keep it sailing around the world.