Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique worked with St. Vincent school in Brest, France to build a miniboat from Educational Passages as part of the iFADO Project (Innovation in the Framework of the Atlantic Deep Ocean).
February 2022 - Update
The students chose to name their boat KORRIGAN, which is a word in Breton (the local language of Brittany) which means a legendary creature from Brittany, comparable to the elf.
They also shared the following about themselves and their school:
- Our school’s name is St Vincent.
- It’s in France, in the city of Brest in Brittany.
- There are around three hundred students in the school.
- It is a school group : there are the Kindergarten, the Primary and the Secondary school.
- We learn many languages :French, English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Latin and Greek.
- Our traditional dishes in Brittany are kig a farz and crepes.
The keel was fixed to the hull of the boat. Regarding the painting, the hull is on the finish and the sail is being colored as well. The students chose to draw an ermine with a bombard, in black and white, which is the animal emblem of Brittany.
June 8, 2022 - World Ocean Day Celebration and Buoyancy Test
🌊 En préambule de la journée mondiale de l'Océan @WorldOceansDay les 5è du collège St Vincent de @BrestFr ont mis à l'eau le mini-voilier autonome qu'ils ont construit avec notre aide dans le cadre du projet @AAiFADO. Il sera bientôt lancé en haute mer grâce au @premar_ceclant pic.twitter.com/p1nJjytb26
— Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique (@PoleMerBA) June 7, 2022
May 15, 2023 - Launched off the coast of France
By April 2023, the miniboat was ready for launch. On May 15, the Navy took the boat out to sea and launched it at 15:00 GMT, but it found land by 18:01 GMT.
The next day the Coast Guard recovered it for us:
The boat will return to Pole Mer for inspection and to see if a relaunch can be planned soon.
Ocean Science Data from Onboard Sensor System
The boat has two GPS systems onboard. One is the main GPS, which reported locations to the map at the top of this page. Here below is where you can see the data reporting from the second GPS which is connected to the sensor package. In addition to reporting location with a secondary GPS tracker, this system was also collecting air temperature, water temperature, and orientation. The boat also has a camera! The sensor package was installed by the students.
This is one the miniboats to be built and launched in collaboration with the iFADO Project (Innovation in the Framework of the Atlantic Deep Ocean).